by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Collection: The Druid Chronicles, #1
Style: Historic Fiction
Within the wake of a betrayal that threatens an finish to their lifestyle, the final members of a secluded pagan cult ship the youngest of their remaining monks in the hunt for Annwr, their chief priestess’s sister, who was kidnapped by a Saxon battle band fifteen years in the past. With solely a rudimentary grasp of English and the ambiguous steering of an oracle’s prophecy, Caelym manages to search out Annwr dwelling in a hut on the grounds of a Christian convent.
Annwr has spent her years of captivity caring for the timid Aleswina, an orphaned Saxon princess who was consigned to the cloistered convent by her cousin, King Gilberth, after he assumed her father’s throne. Simply as Caelym and Annwr are about go away collectively, Aleswina learns that Gilberth, a tyrant identified for his cruelty and harsh mood, means to take her out of the convent and marry her. Terrified, she flees with the 2 Druids–starting a heart-pounding journey that unfolds in methods none of them may have anticipated.
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“Linden’s well-researched story eloquently brings to life a lesser-known interval of transition in Britain…The writer has created a powerful basis for her sequence with well-developed characters whom readers can embrace…[a] layered, gripping historic fiction…”
“Linden makes use of a fairy tale-like model virtually as if this story has been handed down orally over the centuries. Although the kingdoms are fictional, Linden’s story attracts on meticulous historic analysis, particularly in her dramatization of the Christian persecution of the druids.”
“The story rolls alongside at a energetic tempo, wealthy with particulars of the instances and a large solid of characters….These fascinated with goddess-worshipping religions will probably be drawn to the novel. Any reader interested by Eighth-century Britain will get pleasure from Linden’s revolutionary give attention to the little-known Druids in addition to early medieval Christians. Her plotting, shifting factors of view of the three partaking protagonists, and evocative writing model make The Oath a pleasure to learn. Extremely beneficial!”
–Historic Novels Evaluation
“The Oath urges readers alongside on a richly textured quest among the many Saxons and Celts of Eighth-century Britain. Younger and slightly humorously naïve Druid priest-healer Caelym swears to ‘rescue’ a damsel in misery who seems to be neither a younger damsel nor in misery. With a feminist slant, this partaking story brings the battle between Druids and early Christians to vivid life by sympathetic and well-rounded characters. I notably loved the ironic voice of the getting old midwife Annwr. Brava!”
–Sara Stamey, writer of The Ariadne Connection
“Thrilling historic fiction with coronary heart and soul.”
–Tim Pears, writer of The West Nation trilogy
“The Oath will attraction to a wide-ranging readership, reflecting Linden’s wealthy creativeness and present for weaving tales inside tales evoking the romance of medieval Britain. Vibrant, decided, and relatable characters with disparate ethnic and non secular identities uncover their very own strengths, and one another’s, because the intricate and fascinating plot unfolds.”
–Anne Marie Tietjen, PhD, scientific psychologist and teacher at Western Washington College
“Linden’s information and keenness for historical past is soaked into each phrase of The Oath, mixed with an apparent talent at storytelling. Linden succeeds at each degree, however the world constructing is really spectacular. Historic fantasy is tough to do properly, however Linden makes it look simple. What might be dry particulars are offered so successfully that the world is elevated to virtually being a personality of its personal. And in a solid of characters as properly drawn as these, that’s saying one thing. I can’t wait to see what else this expert writer comes up with!”
–Bishop O’Connell, writer of the American Faerie Story sequence
In regards to the Creator
Ann Margaret Linden was born in Seattle, Washington, however grew up on the East Coast earlier than returning to the Pacific Northwest as a younger grownup. She has undergraduate levels in anthropology and in nursing and a grasp’s diploma as a nurse practitioner. After working in quite a lot of acute care and neighborhood well being settings, she took a place in a program for youngsters with particular well being care wants the place her obligations included writing scientific reviews, father or mother instructional supplies, supplier newsletters, grant submissions and different program associated supplies. The Oath is the primary installment of The Druid Chronicles, a five-volume sequence that started as a considerably whimsical determination to put in writing one thing for enjoyable and ended up changing into a prolonged journey that concerned Linden taking grownup schooling inventive writing programs, researching early British historical past, and touring to England, Scotland, and Wales. Retired from nursing, she lives together with her husband, canine, and cat in Bellingham, WA.