Three town writhe under Boudica’s wrath as she leads her Iceni warriors on intent on destroying all things Roman – be it Roman temples, Roman villas, or entire families sympathic to Rome.
At stake is the Roman consul’s reputation. Will Suetonius Paullinus be able to confront mass of tribal warriors with only 10,000 legionaries? Or will he endure the ultimate disgrace of losing Britannia
– to a woman!
Paullinius’s tribune, Julius Agricola and Rhianna, Boudica’s youngest daughter, become ensnared in this horrific historical revolt against Rome’s injustice and ‘Pax Romana’- Rome’s peace. Just as Julius and Rhianna discover their love, after she gives him her Iceni pendant intended for her betrothed, they are ripped apart and hurled back into the reality of their opposing worlds that are determined to destroy the other.
Who will survive?
Ms Ridgley loves the ancient world. Even after more than ten years of researching and many trips to the sites of her stories, she is still fascinated by its many facets. She enjoys bringing this world to live in her award-winning stories of power, greed, violence, and love.
"He's alive." With these two words, the world as Sebastian knows it will never be the same. The news that his cousin Konrad—his sworn enemy and abusive first husband of his beloved wife Adela—means that his marriage is no longer valid. Even the high king Charlemagne cannot challenge the decision of a powerful emerging Church. Sebastian can do nothing but watch as the love of his life enters a convent.
This epic tale of love and honor sweeps the reader back into the fascinating 9th century world of the incomparable Charlemagne. No mere military account of conquests and battles, this is a rich, well-rounded period drama and an authentic recreation of the early medieval world. Book I of this three-volume series was highly recommended by the Historical Novel Society. The second novel does not disappoint, as the hero is sent from the king’s Rhineland court to three preeminent capitals of the 9th-century medieval world: Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Baghdad. Through his courage under pressure, original ideas, and steadfast service to the king Sebastian has become one of Charlemagne’s twelve paladins, a high honor, but the cost is also high. He loses his beloved wife and family, becomes entangled with other beautiful women, and is submerged into a foreign world of intrigue and betrayal. Becoming a paladin changes Sebastian from a young man of faith and character into a hard-bitten warrior in a ruthless world. Thus the latter part of the novel presents a swirling adventure but also a parable of the ruin and redemption of a professional soldier.
A lazy Sunday afternoon of fishing on an Irish lake suddenly turns into a nightmare of flight and terror when Peter Coltrane and his fourteen-year-old daughter Brigid stumble on a gruesome execution. The chase is on when the assassins find out that they have been discovered. In his small motorboat, Peter leads them in the falling darkness through the hazardous channels of the boggy terrain where they finally find refuge and think they are safe. However, the next morning, Brigid has vanished.
Peter must race against the clock to save Brigid. But will good trump evil, and at what cost?