After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks
By Nancy Jardine
About the Book:
AD 73 Northern Roman Britain
Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.
Ineda treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaigns. At Pinnata Castra, she escapes and seeks fellow Brigantes congregating for battle in the north.
The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledon allies clash at Beinn na Ciche in AD 84, but where are Brennus and Ineda?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
This is another well-researched and thrilling historical novel written by Nancy Jardine!
The book begins not long after the last book ended. Brennus is now back with his family, and it isn’t long before he is doing what he can to fight against the Romans again. One thing remains constant…he has never forgotten Ineda.
Ineda is still kept as a slave to Tribune Valerius, now he has taken her as his lover. At first, she resents him, but her feelings become more complicated as she spends more time with him. She is still a Celt at heart, but Valerius keeps her safe. Despite her confused feelings for him, she has never forgotten Brennus.
The timeline is rather long in this installment. Both Brennus and Ineda are going on with their lives. Ineda has finally found a way to get crucial information to her fellow Celts, but she is playing with danger.
The action is just as thrilling as in the other novels. It is told from several different POVs. I was especially intrigued by Valerius’s passages. He was quite a complex character. He was the enemy, but he did have some redeeming qualities. There were also times where my heart was literally in my throat, not knowing what was going to happen next. This was my favorite book in the series so far.
As with all the other novels, Jardine again provides a historical context at the end of the book to help readers better understand the time and characters which she writes about. This and her author’s notes are always a favorite part of the books for me.
Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)
A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.
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