upon re-reading, not as great as i remembered it. But this book has been a crucial part of my life. It was the basis for the founding of an iron-age Cupon re-reading, not as great as i remembered it. But this book has been a crucial part of my life. It was the basis for the founding of an iron-age Celtic re-enactment group that i've been a member of for 20+ years. The book is a retelling of the Roman occupation of Britain & the resistance to that occupation. It has everything i want in historic fiction- history, passion, a sense of time & place, and how events & the landscape changed peoples lives. Read this book if you are interested in this era. Or want some insight into the origins of the collective madness that is Dalhraidia. ...more
I've read all of this sadly too short mystery series & heartily enjoyed them. Recommend them to anyone who is a fan of historic fiction/mystery wiI've read all of this sadly too short mystery series & heartily enjoyed them. Recommend them to anyone who is a fan of historic fiction/mystery with the only caveat being that there is some streching of credulity in the main characters effortless interaction between the classes in late 1800s England. Still & all it's great stuff, so sorry there are only 4 books in the series....more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I got it as an audio book & probably wouldn't have downloaded it if i'd known it was a Harlequin Romance.I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I got it as an audio book & probably wouldn't have downloaded it if i'd known it was a Harlequin Romance. But as i said, i was impressed by the author. I liked her characters-even though the heroine is a stereotypical feminist before her time, she's pretty believable & the supporting cast is well done. This genre book does well with the cliches & even manages to avoid the happy ending. It's overall a great listen. I didn't begrudge the time i spent listening to this historic mystery. Even bought the next book in the series. If you enjoy Kate Ross or maybe even Anne Perry, this book is for you....more
Great for folks who wonder HOW Stonehenge was build. Not so good on the WHY of it all.
I listened to this book on tape. It took me a long time to get tGreat for folks who wonder HOW Stonehenge was build. Not so good on the WHY of it all.
I listened to this book on tape. It took me a long time to get through it. My overall impression of the book is that it was OK, but definitely in the "borrow it from the library" category, NOT the "go out and buy it NOW" category. The sense of place and time was strong & to my ear, realistic. But I found the details involved in the building of Stonehenge became tedious and overwhelming (though this could be more pronounced in the audio version- you could skim over the slow bits in print, harder to do in audio) I liked the day to day details of the characters lives but struggled with Cornwell's version of the characters religion/motivation: he vacillates between treating it with respect & subtly mocking it from a modern perspective. (Spoiler alert coming up) The author's basic premise is that Stonehenge was built draw the lunar year into sync with the solar one. As a pagan & someone who has a passionate interest in European pre-history, that motivation seems patronizing and well, stupid. I could go on about this at length, but i'll leave it at that. I found the characters in this book very two dimensional- lots of stereotypical good & bad guys. And don't get me started on his female characters- I've never seen them as a strong suit in any of the Cornwell books i've read.
Basic summary: a cool book for flavor, time & place and great for anyone who wonders "HOW did they build that". But the author's answer for WHY Stonehenge was build didn't work at all for this reader. ...more