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One of the Best I Have Read This Year
on 25 May 2007
Jules Watson was born in Australia to English parents. She worked in archaeology and public relations before turning to writing, working most recently as a freelance writer in England. She and her Scottish husband divide their time between the United Kingdom and Australia.
Jules Watson writes the type of books that I love best of all, books on ancient history, particularly British and Roman history. I am equally happy if they are fact or in this case fiction. The added bonus is that there is only one word for the authors books, large, that is to say they have lots of pages. There is nothing worse than becoming enthralled in a book, only to find that there are only twenty pages left to read. This book will keep you going for some time.
It is set in Roman Britain in 366AD. Minna, a young Roman serving girl and lost her home and her family and has to fend for herself in a world that until now she had been protected from. She is desperate to reach her brother, a soldier at the northern frontier. This is just the start of what I thought was a terrific read. There is much hardship and adventure to come along the way as the Roman forces attempt to subdue Scotland by any means at their disposal and Minna becomes drawn towards Cahir, king of the Dalriadans in Scotland.