I am Welsh and proud of my Celtic heritage. I read this book after reading Conn Iggulden's 2nd book of the life of Julia's Caesar. Julia's sacked the Gaul (france and Germany) lands and made his way to Britain as it was. His 1st trip was a disaster but he came back the following year (and the rest is history......pun intended).
I wanted to find a historical fiction novel that would paint 'the other perspective' and came across reviews of this book.
Whilst Skin does give quite a bit of the other side of the coin. .......it quickly became redundant to me. This is a truly wonderful book that captivated me and I was unable to stop. The writing quality is pure joy and I am sad that the novel has come to its end. I am left wanting to read the next book as soon as possible, even though it's not yet published.
I am skin of the Dog without any doubt. I'm quite certain that Neja in this book is a Welsh border collie.
This is (and I've surprised myself because I read a lot), possibly In the top 10 of close to 1,000 plus historical fiction novels I've read. Wonderful. Do not hesitate .....buy this wonderful book.
"While fantasy lovers will enjoy the mysticism and world building, and historical fiction readers will appreciate the Roman invasion story line, there are also plenty of sensual scenes between Ailia and her two lovers for romance fans."--Booklist; "I am in awe of Ilka's ability to recreate a Britain of AD43. Caer Cad is alive and I felt I was there, standing by its fires from page one...A great book."--Cecilia Ekback, author of Wolf Winter; "A beautiful and brilliant book, a masterpiece."--John Marsden; "Deeply layered, densely, sensuously written and profoundly original."--Isobelle Carmody, author of the Obernewtyn series; "Those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia's personal quest.'--The New Daily
SKIN is a full-blooded debut which invokes the epic storytelling of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, the rich historical detail of Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles, and the genre-transcending magic of Jean M. Auel'sClan of the Cavebear.