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Eboracum: The Village

(The Eboracvm #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  5 reviews
It’s historical action with a romantic twist.

Book One of the Eboracum series pits Celts against Romans in A.D. 41. Travel back in time to what is now York, U.K. but was once known as Eboracum, the village, as two opposing families fight for land, justice and love.

Cethen Lamh-fada and his sharp-witted wife Elena are the defenders taking on the Roman War Machine. They’re u
Paperback, 454 pages
Published July 27th 2007 by Trafford Publishing (first published 2007)
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May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this one no end! This review only covers vol. 1 in a trilogy about the Roman fortress Eboracum, from village to wooden fortress to final stone incarnation. The whole trilogy is the sagas of two families, one Roman and one Brigantian, spanning a little more than 50 years: 71-122 AD in Britannia, set against this background. The Brigantian family is headed by a minor chieftain, Cethen Lamh-fada [Cethen of the long arms], vassal of Venutius and Vellocatus, who are serial husbands of Cart ...more
Blair Hodgkinson
This is a very enjoyable historical novel of Roman Britain. While the history and the historical detail is interesting, it is a character-driven story. Part tale of conquest and part family saga, there are a lot of interesting characters on both sides in the war between the native Celts and the invading Romans and I enjoyed getting to know them. The author has a clear, concise style and for clarity he sometimes shifts point of view between different groups to show how events or battles appeared ...more
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved how Mr. Clews told the story from both sides of the battle. I was incredibly impressed at the attention to detail the author showed for the accurate language, clothing and general setting in this book. He rode right on the line of too much detail a few times but stopped right before it got annoying.

Gaius was a bit of a pompous jerk in some parts of the story but I was happy to see that worked through in the end. I wanted to like him for his tenacity for survival as well as his underdog o
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I came across this novel through Good-reads and embarked on it without much hope since I’ve read (the beginning of) a lot of very badly written novels set in Roman Britain. But this, to my delight was not one of them. It’s extremely well written, with characters who for the most part are older people, and who are complex, contradictory, conflicted and, at times, very funny. The main protagonists are on either side of the Roman/Native Britain conflict in the first century when Rome was expanding ...more
Lea Storry
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author of The Village says this book isn't a romance. But I beg to differ: I fell in love with the two main characters, Cethen and Gaius. One’s a Celt. One’s a Roman. And they’re at war with each other.

It’s 71 AD in what is now the north of Great Britain. Cethen the Celt is living (somewhat) peacefully with his wife and children when Gaius the Roman shows up. The two are pitted against each other from that moment on. So were my hopes and fears: I wanted the best for both of them but it's not
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