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The First Journey

(Druid's Portal #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A portal closed for 2,000 years.

An ancient religion twisted by modern greed.

A love that crosses the centuries.

An ancient druid pendant shows archaeologist Janet visions of Roman soldier Trajan. The visions are of danger, death, and love – are they a promise or a curse?

Her fiancé Daman hurts and abandons her before the wedding, her beloved museum is ransacked, and a robed
ebook, 273 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing
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E.M. Swift-Hook
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Magical, Roman Era, Time-Travel Romance

"History may be just bones and ruins to you, but it is people, Janet. People loving, hurting, and dying.”

This is a story about love and time-travel, evil gods and evil people, magical and mundane events, all woven tightly into a brilliant multi-hued tapestry. Janet is an archaeologist working in a small museum at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland. She was raised by nuns (this was something I raised an eyebrow at, but one assumes they got legal custody of h
Dawn Chapman
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really deep and well thought out book, I really wasn't so sure if I'd enjoy it, but almost from the first few chapters I was drawn in and couldn't put it down.
I believe the author put a lot of effort into researching the past, both historically and in making the book as unique as she possibly could. Janet is a main character we can really get behind, flawed and yet still strong to find herself in this world that she knew so intently and yet still learned so much about herself and the
S. Thomas
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so normally I don’t go out of my way for a romance. I fear spending a dozen pages talking about feelings and passion. I gave this a shot the synopsis sounded good. I was not disappointed! There was a mystery, a prick with a magic time traveling pendant, and lots of Roman and Celt sword fights. There was a strong romantic theme, but I’ve read plenty of stuff with this much romance that simply listed as fantasy, or action. Even my man Clive Cussler has Dirk Pitt playing kissey face when he i ...more
Judith Rook
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Druid’s Portal: The First Journey” by Cindy Tomamichel is a strange and engaging novel, well written and of a high technical quality. It holds adventurous romance, drama and thoughtful consideration of human issues which appear to be the same, although separated by nearly two thousand years, ranging between the 20th century and Roman Britain.
As well as dealing with people problems, the book also opens the fantasy world of magic and the eternal conflict between the forces of good and evil, in s
Barbara Russell
This lovely novel has a bit of everything: sci-fi elements (light sci-fi), romance, history, mystery, and time travel. Janet, an archaeologist and museum curator, opens a time portal that throws her in the past. She finds herself in Britain during the Roman domination and falls in love with Trajan, a Roman commander. Together, disguised as musicians, they travel beyond Adrian’s Wall to find a mysterious Druid who is rumoured to be able to steal people’s souls.
The novel is full of action, interes
Jessica archibald
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for the amazing read.

A fantastic book. Highly recommended for people who like time travel, magic, romance and history. If your a fan of 'the Outlander' series on Stars, you will enjoy this book.
InD'tale Magazine
A most intriguing blend of history and time travel, “Druid’s Portal” draws the reader into the dimensions of time.

Read full review in the 2017 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Yvette Bostic
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Its fast pace and intriguing story kept me reading until the very last page - in just two sittings. I could hardly put it down. Thank you for an entertaining read.
The characters are well defined and real. It was easy to imagine Janet's pain and Daman's spiral into insanity. The author obviously put hours into her research about ancient Rome and Druid lore. Well done!
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read time travel romance but I have heard that it is a full-fledged genre. I think the main reason it generally doesn't appeal to me is the thought of having to live, as a woman, in a pre-feminist era. I don't think any love story would be worth that. But perhaps the better examples of the genre manage to find a way around or through this problem. Druid's Portal does.

The protagonist, Janet, is a history professor who knows a great deal about Celtic lore and the druids. I found th
Brent Harris
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was keen to read Druid’s Portal because I love stories about time-travel. And, who doesn’t like ancient Rome or stories about Celts and Druids? My favorite is Household Gods, by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove. So, I dove right in to Druid’s Portal.

What I got was perhaps heavier on the romance and less on the time-travel, but there are some interesting time-travel concepts at work here, which I fully appreciated. Druid’s Portal is not an Outlander knock-off; instead it is a straightforward po
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
The First Journey (Druid's Portal #1) by Cindy Tomamichel is a time-slip romance set in 3rd century Roman Britain's Hadrian's Wall in a time of unrest between the invading Romans and the Celtic Picts.

Janet Tempest, an orphan found by the nuns in a storm, is an archaeologist and lecturer recovering from an abusive relationship with her former colleague Daman. In an attempt to discover the identity of the thief robbing the museum of valuable antiquities, Janet comes in contact with an strange gol
Cyrene Olson
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the use of the wall and the Romans since that is a historical period in Scotland I enjoyed studying. The descriptions of the Roman fort were within the time period along with the dress of the Celts and Romans. I could almost feel like I was there with the realistic visuals the author wrote.
I highly recommend this if you like any form of time travel books. It is different enough to keep you turning the pages to see what is going to happen. This book gets five stars from me for the enjoym
Darrell Nelson
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a novel where everything falls into sync.
At heart this is a romantic-action-historical novel, The love story is between Janet, a modern woman fresh out of an abusive relationship, and Trajan, a Roman Commander. This should be disaster waiting to happen, but for several things.
First is the characters have depth.
Janet might be reluctant to open her heart to a man after being beaten by her last boyfriend, that doesn't mean she won't use her charms to lure a barbarian away, then bash his he
Cindy Tomamichel
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A genre blend of action, adventure and romance - Druid's Portal is the first in a series of historical fantasy set in the time of Roman Britain.

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“It doesn't take more than a page for the action to begin and leaving the reader to imagine what will happen next. Touches of history were mixed into the story at the right moments. The author brought to life the Roman Invasion into Britain during an interesting time in history…I'm glad I read it.
Kat Caulberg
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good time-travel romance, and this one really delivered with everything from romance, beautiful historic descriptions of Northern Britain, sci-fi, and action scenes. Janet's one of those strong female protagonists you can really get behind, who has her flaws as well, and throughout the course of the novel, has such a great character arc. Trajan's a hero who is such without being the dreaded Alphahole!

The time-travel "device" via an ancient artifact is a nice touch, and I loved when the
P.J. Skinner
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well researched time-travelling adventure with a tough but vulnerable MC who has to overcome her naive upbringing to find her real character and finally get what she deserves in life. A wealth of period detail and vivid descriptions of Roman and Celtic life and the culture clashes between the two serve to heighten the experience as Janet tries to find her nemisis Daman in the twisted strands of time accompanied by her new love, Trajan, the Roman commander. Excellent pacing and scene setting and ...more
Heidi J.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Men got scars in times of war, but women often suffered wounds that did not show on the outside.”

Janet is an archaeologist whose fascination with ancient Roman and Celtic Briton stems from the surprising discovery of a two thousand year-old stone from Hadrian’s Wall that bears her name. Chasing a museum thief, she recovers a pendant with mystical powers that allows her dreams and visions of a Roman soldier, Trajan, beset by savage Picts, close to death. A chance accident on Samhain, the ancient
Mary Woldering
Here is a beautifully written time-travel romance: a story of a modern day young archaeologist, Janet, who has always wondered about a stone in Hadrian's wall with her name carved on it in Roman letters. After the breakup of her engagement and a break-in at her small museum near the wall, she has dreams of a Roman soldier lying near death at the wall. On Samhain at a costume party, the pendant she is wearing activates and she is suddenly in Roman Britain.
There, she meets the Roman. They band to
Christopher Keene
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although the core of this story is a kind of fish out of water time travel venture, the time and place picked being one I was fully aware of, the focus is the relationship between Janet and Tajan, two interesting characters with their own quirks and past that match well. This is what I liked. The writing style breaks a few conventions that I let a few authors get away with (e.g. Neil Gaiman) but I did sometimes find the POV swapping a little jarring. Many of the scenes were well written and I pr ...more
Peyton Garver
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While time travel isn’t a genre I generally read, I really, really enjoyed this story especially shortly after the main character Janet literally dropped in on a sacrificial ritual saving the lone survivor of a Roman scouting party who just happened to be the commander. I loved the historical aspect of the story and how the author related the hero Trajan to Marcus Aurelius. That kind of grounded me in the time period and even piqued my interest more into early Roman history. She also made a conn ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
I ordered a sample of this book from Amazon and after less than two pages, I knew from the writing style (overly dramatic) that this was not the book for me.
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