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 quest of Annwr, their chief priestess’s sister, who was kidnapped by a Saxon warfare band fifteen years in the past. With solely a rudimentary grasp of English and the ambiguous steerage of an oracle’s prophecy, Caelym manages to seek 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 depart 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 creator has created a robust 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 full of life tempo, wealthy with particulars of the instances and a large forged of characters….These curious about goddess-worshipping religions can be drawn to the novel. Any reader interested in 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 really helpful!”
–Historic Novels Assessment
“The Oath urges readers alongside on a richly textured quest among the many Saxons and Celts of Eighth-century Britain. Younger and fairly 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 via sympathetic and well-rounded characters. I notably loved the ironic voice of the growing old midwife Annwr. Brava!”
–Sara Stamey, creator of The Ariadne Connection
“Thrilling historic fiction with coronary heart and soul.”
–Tim Pears, creator of The West Nation trilogy
“The Oath will enchantment 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 spiritual 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 fervour 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 actually spectacular. Historic fantasy is difficult to do effectively, however Linden makes it look simple. What might be dry particulars are introduced so successfully that the world is elevated to virtually being a personality of its personal. And in a forged of characters as effectively drawn as these, that’s saying one thing. I can’t wait to see what else this expert creator comes up with!”
–Bishop O’Connell, creator of the American Faerie Story sequence
by A.M. Linden
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 464 pages
Collection: The Druid Chronicles, #2
Style: Historic Fiction/Medieval
Llwddawanden is a hidden sanctuary the place remnants of a once-powerful pagan cult keep on their historic ritual practices, supported by a small however trustworthy following of servants, craftsmen, and laborers.
Reduce off from the skin world by each geography and conviction, the Druids of Llwddawanden proceed to venerate the Nice Mom Goddess and to view themselves because the first-born and favourite of Her mortal youngsters. Whereas the idea that an important of all divine beings gave beginning to their ancestors and that Her spirit inhabits the physique of their highest priestess is a tenuous conclusion in view of their diminished lot in life, the Druids of Llwddawanden imagine it and are, for probably the most half, dedicated to carrying on the traditions handed right down to them by their forbears.
Herrwn, the shrine’s chief priest and grasp bard, has the duty of overseeing the training of Caelym, the orphaned son of the cult’s earlier chief priestess, in addition to retaining the peace inside the higher ranks of their order—two duties that develop tougher because the rivalry over which of the three highest monks will declare Caelym as his disciple grows, and as mounting conflicts between the present chief priestess and her solely dwelling daughter threaten to rend the material of a society that has endured for greater than a millennium.
“A. M. Linden brings her imagined druid neighborhood to life with a skillful mixture of analysis and knowledgeable guesswork. The Valley gives an intriguing glimpse into an Eighth century Britain which may have been.”
—Juliet Marillier, creator of the Sevenwaters and Warrior Bards sequence
“With the eye to element, clarification of historic rituals, and the mythology inside the clan’s legends, this novel builds a neighborhood, exploring a folks about which little is definitely identified. It’s a rare portrayal, respiration life right into a long-dead civilization….Extremely really helpful!”
—Chanticleer E-book Critiques
Concerning the Writer
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 a wide range 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 tasks included writing scientific studies, dad or mum academic 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 resolution to write down one thing for enjoyable and ended up turning into a prolonged journey that concerned Linden taking grownup training inventive writing programs, researching early British historical past, and touring to England, Scotland, and Wales. Retired from nursing, she lives along with her husband, canine, and cat in Bellingham, WA.