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The Dawn Stag (Dalriada Trilogy #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  730 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The year is AD 81, and the ruthless Roman governor Agricola is intent on capturing the last unconquered territory in Britain: Alba, Scotland. Rhiann, an Alban priestess and princess, submits to a marriage of political necessity to Eremon, an exiled Irish prince. Out of duty grows a powerful and desperate love that will bind them together through conflict and betrayal. As R ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Overlook Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 20, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Having finished the second book in the Dalriada trilogy, I find myself confused. Not because the novel left anything up in the air. Not because I did not see how there would be a further book (which I am eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on). But how is it that I enjoy this novel so much?
Often when I choose a book, it is because of a strong heroine who is both physically strong and uniquely clever. A protagonist who not only helps plan battles, but takes part in them as well. A novel w
Jan 05, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
I'm really getting sick of the whole timid girl, mean wife, caring man love-triangle thing in which a sort of emotional adultery occurs and the wife just gets brushed aside. The women in the two Jules Watson books I've read are incapable of pushing through their barriers without the help of the men in their lives. I find this....boring.
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
there are simply no words to express how much this book is amazing. I'm usually a really really fast reader but when a book takes me a while to complete, its because im going to slowly to savour all that is in it.
This book was definitely one of those books where I needed frequent breaks because my emotions where everywhere! at a point I was filled with fear, then anger, the love and then sadness/grief and shock so strong that I cried!!!
It was simply marvelous and that little bit towards the en
Jul 20, 2011 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die keltische Prinzessin Rihann und der irische Prinz Eremon haben endlich zueinander gefunden und sich ihre Liebe gestanden. Die ersten Stämme haben sich mit Eremon nun gegen Agricola verbündet und führen erfolgreiche Schläge gegen die Römer, doch dies kann nur eine kurze Atempause sein. Denn Agricola ist mehr denn je entschlossen Alba zu erobern, daran ändern auch ein paar für ihm verlustreiche Überfälle nichts. Auch die anderen alten Feinde sind noch nicht geschlagen und sinnen auf Rache. All ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Abby rated it it was ok
After a while this book just seemed to drag on and on. Same characters, same motivations, with only a slight escalation in the plot and an even bigger sense of doom. I actually skipped over the big event at the end. I already knew the outcome, so reading those chapters is akin to watching Titanic and reading the Silmarillion while rooting for the boat and elves. After that it's just a dragged out wrap up with a tie to the next book thrown in. The revelations for the characters are not earth-shat ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Kali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book still carries the same magical brilliance of the first, but the story line has become much too militarized.

That, and I'm really getting sick of the self flagellation of the heroine. This has got to be a joke. I've been through some nasty stuff. I've been diagnosed with PTSD, and all I can think of is that this woman and their goddess is absolutely full of it.
Emmy de Reus
Jun 22, 2016 Emmy de Reus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb ook van dit boek weer genoten. Het is een uitstekend geschreven rechtstreeks vervolg op deel 1 'De Witte Merrie' en verhaalt verder over de belevenissen van Rhiann, Eremon en hun naasten in hun streven de eigengereide afzonderlijke Albaanse stammen/clans te verenigen ten behoeve van de ultieme veldslag tegen de Romeinen, die in opdracht van hun keizer in Rome als taak en doelstelling hebben geheel Alba aan de Romeinse invloedssfeer te onderwerpen.
Suzy Kennedy
I guess I'm going against the grain but I loved this book more than the first.

Our MC's are in love and now have to face one of the biggest battle ever- the roman invasion.

They must first to keep their culture alive against people who want to rule. They must fight against superior opponents to save their land. Its so action packed I just couldn't put it down.

I loved the supporting cast. Getting to know the men in the army and to see the MC's interact more with the people around them was great.
Aug 17, 2013 Donia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book of Watson's trilogy is, amazingly, better than the first. Here, the Roman invasion is unstoppable and Rhiann and Eremon must face the coming war, each having important roles to play.

Watson's descriptions of Alba and the invading Roman army are wonderful. Her fluid writing brings her well-researched details to life in a lovely way and is a real pleasure to read.

I've so enjoyed reading about the travails of the Alban peoples during this time. Some of Rhiann's decisions drove me i
Hannah Whitaker
Nov 01, 2014 Hannah Whitaker rated it it was amazing
Perfect way to tie up the story of our two characters. Their love found in this book was artistically orchestrated, and the time that she describes in this book is well painted. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put it down.
Good job Jules Watson.
Mar 23, 2011 Elien rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I gave this one three stars, because I can't give it three and a half.

I liked the first book better, this one was a bit slow for my taste at certain points. Nevertheless, there were some parts where I couldn't put it down as well. Another positive thing about The Dawn Stag is that it has a HUGE ending. The grande finale takes up a whole lot of pages, which makes you dead curious to find out how it's going to end. And best of all, it's a satisfying ending, too.

I've just started Song of the Nort
I'm torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars! I really liked The White Mare in that the relationship between Eremon and Rhiann had so much possibility! I was sure that The Dawn Stag would have that relationship take center stage, while the rich historical details completed the story. Unfortunately, I found the book a little lacking in the relationship department. There were parts that I loved (The story line with Malcheon), but I just wanted more. It is true, however, that I may have been expe ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok
Oh my goodness, I was so excited about this book since I couldn't put down the first of the series, The White Mare. However, the author did not convince me of the undieing love between the lead characters, which is desperately needed to get you through all the battles and war strategy pages. There were so many details left out, too many moments missed between the couple. It needed more good, intimate moments in order for it to tear my heart out in the bad times. Others were profoundly moved by t ...more
Jul 15, 2011 Maudie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book in 2008 and didn't get around to it until this year. Realizing when I started my read that I was on the second book of a series and, briefly, wondered if I should put it aside until I had read the first book...but, it was snowing outside and I had nothing left on my nightstand.

I appreciate that the author, Jules Watson, realized there would be readers such as I and paid careful attention to the end of the book I found there were no gaping holes in a story that
Adara Bryn
Jul 26, 2015 Adara Bryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears are flowing at the end of this one. Emotions run high throughout.
Nadine Jones
Jan 03, 2010 Nadine Jones marked it as may-or-may-not-finish
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I just have to table this one - I'm out of renewals at the library and I have many other books I'm more interested in reading right now.

I have fond memories of the first book in this trilogy, so I had high expectations for this volume. Sadly, this book drags. Halfway through, I couldn't take it any more, and I set it aside to read some other books I have from the library right now. Hopefully I can get back to this one. I just don't care about the characters this time around, I don't understand t
Anita Baião
May 27, 2013 Anita Baião rated it liked it
It's rare that I don't like books endings, but I am giving this one 3 stars because of it.

Whereas I had an enjoyable reading with the White Mare, I found myself skimming some chapters, as the ideas repeat many times.

The ending is just sad. I could stand an assumed sad end, but I felt really angry at the author for giving us a sad ending disguised as epiphany. All that suffering, all the losses were for nothing

I am very disappointed, but I am still going to read the third book and see if I can ha
Nov 10, 2008 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Fiction
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to Julie Watson writing more heroine centric novels. She does a good job of blending true human emotion with historical fiction - in this case, a mother goddess religious based society. Both entertaining and truly touching tale. I advise reading the first of the series White Mare before reading this one. You will be more aware of the deeper struggles that she explores in her characters if you read them in order.
Feb 21, 2012 Claddagh1111 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this second in the series almost as much as the first ..... a little more magic in this one, I think, and a little more sex but I guess the sex was part of the journey. Unlike some books, the sex was part of the story not the whole story. The love that developed between the two main characters and their love for Alba and the fulfilment of the prophetic dreams and visions were what made the book so enjoyable and enthralling.
Mar 03, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The first book was all of the build up around the roman invasion and their relationship... but this book was more about the journey once they got there. I love Eremon and Rhiann's relationship and that was the glue that kept me reading and reading, but at times the story dragged a bit. I'm not as fond of books that break up the POV's to also include the antagonist's view.
Aug 27, 2015 Mariana rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoyed this second book of the Dalriada trilogy as I did in the first book. Too much of everything. I was really happy when I finish it since I wouldn't have to see it again in my life. The other reason I didn't like this book is that I couldn't connect with the main characters. I do hope the third book will be better or I'm going to spend awfull time Reading.
Oct 06, 2013 Míami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While, as with the first book it had perhaps more romantic cliches and esotherism than I would've liked, I found this a mostly enjoyable read with a good pace. You get quite attached to the characters even though they are a bit too emotionally charged at time, and I especially fell in love with the author's brilliant depiction of Alba, Roman-type Scotland.
Maggie White
Jan 04, 2011 Maggie White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was even better than the first in the trilogy which I loved. This continues the story of Rhiann and Eremon and their fight for Alba against the Romans. The story is well researched and the historical facts made intersting and accessable through the brilliance of Jules watson's imagination and storytelling abilities. recommend it highly.
Aug 25, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I enjoyed the first book (The White Mare), but probably not enough to go on to this second installment except that I had plenty of time to read and was too queasy (pregnancy) to do much else. This one seemed to rely more on fantasy and less on history to push along the story, and some of the characters and plot lines simply became tiresome.
Nov 01, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical fiction lovers
Once again, a trilogy had me so emotionally attached to the characters, that I could not wait to begin the next installment. While the Dawn Stag was slower than its predecessor, the emotion was deeper. I was less satisfied with the ending than I had hoped, but if so, mainly due to the fact that I didnt want to let Rhiann and Eremon go...
Carla Nayland
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Sep 12, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
The Celtic lore continues in this second book. Rhiann, the Scottish priestess, and Eremon, the Irish prince, grow in love that started out of duty. Rome's army, under Agricola, is formidable and is advancing on their homeland. The epic battle that ensues changes everything.
This book is amazing! Completly brilliant all the way through!! I didn't realise how much I had fallen in love with the characters until the last few chapters when I was uncontrollably sobbing with both happyness and sadness!! Thank you Jules Watson!
Oct 05, 2011 Jami rated it it was ok
This installment of the trilogy dragged on. Also the predictability of the first book gets worse in the second book. I just couldn't get excited about it. I am only reading the next one because I got it at the same time from the library.
Apr 01, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first one a bit more as she left threads to carry the story forward to the second book. I'm wondering where the third one will take the reader. I will probably check it out to find out.
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Jules Watson was born in Australia to English parents. She came to fiction via archaeology and public relations, working most recently as a freelance writer in England. She and her Scottish husband divide their time between the United Kingdom and Australia.
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