By Barbara Erskine
The sweeping new novel from the bestselling writer of girl OF HAY switches among Roman Britain and the current day the place historical past dramatically affects at the lives of 3 ladies. thousand years in the past, because the Romans invade Britannia, the princess who turns into the robust queen of the good tribe of the Brigantes, watches the enemies of her humans come ever nearer. Cartimandua's global is, from the beginning, a maelstrom of affection and clash; revenge and retribution. immediately, Edinburgh-based historian, Viv Lloyd Rees, has immersed herself within the legends surrounding the Celtic queen. She has written a publication and is operating on a dramatisation of the younger queen's lifestyles with assistance from actress, Pat Hebden. Cartimandua's lifestyles takes one unforeseen flip after one other as tragedy adjustments the process her destiny. however the younger queen has ambitious enemies -- between them Venutios, her formative years sparring associate, and Medb, a girl whose jealousy threatens not just her happiness yet her lifestyles. Viv's Head of division, Hugh Graham, hounds her as she struggles to conceal her visions of Cartimandua and her conviction that they're genuine. Her obsession grows ever extra power and perilous as she takes ownership of an old brooch that incorporates a curse. either Pat and Hugh are drawn into this twin lifestyles of sour competition and overwhelming love as earlier envelopes current and the trio locate themselves dealing with the best probability in their lives.
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