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"Wonderful Celtic romance!"

Our story takes place in the days when the Romans occupied Britannia. Druidess Sulwen narrowly escaped with her life when the Romans destroyed the Druid holy place of Ynys Mon. As she was crouching by her dead friend, Goddess Andraste came to Sulwen and led her to a hiding place. She also gave Sulwen a mission—to go to Queen Boudica. When it's safe, Sulwen jumps in the water to leave the island of Ynys Mon on her way to the famous war queen of the Iceni. When she finally manages to reach the shore, the first thing Sulwen sees is an old woman, who offers her food and dry clothing. Sulwen has come to the village of the Ordovices. After a feast in Sulwen's honor, the chief of the Ordovices sends two of his warriors along with her to find Queen Boudica. Now she has a bodyguard and a companions on her mission.

The next village the three of them come to is home to the Deceangli where a feast is again held in Sulwen's honor. Here Sulwen is gifted with three ponies, a harp by the village bard and the chief sends another two warriors with her to guard her. So now there are five seeking Queen Boudica. Of course, Sulwen has another reason to be in such a hurry to reach the queen. Her betrothed, Rhys, is the Arch Druid of the Iceni tribe and will be with the queen. It's been a long time since Sulwen has seen Rhys and she has missed him dearly. Especially after the massacre on Ynys Mon. In order to reach the queen, the five of them will have to travel through Catuvellauni territory. Not a good thing, since these Celts are very loyal to the Romans and Queen Boudica burned the main village to the ground on her way through.

Since Sulwen is a Druid, they manage to make their way through Catuvellauni territory with no mishaps and eventually find the camp of Queen Boudica. The reunion between Rhys and Sulwen is everything Sulwen hoped it would be. When Sulwen finally is face to face with the queen, she tells Boudica of her mission and what has occurred on Ynys Mon. Turns out, Goddess Andraste has sent Sulwen to Boudica to make sure the queen doesn't tarry. Unbeknownst to Sulwen, Rhys has decided to sacrifice himself if Boudica does not win the battle to free Britannia.

Will Sulwen be able to accomplish her mission? Will Rhys confess his plans to Sulwen? Will he sacrifice himself when Boudica is finally defeated? What will happen to the queen and her two daughters?

DRUID QUEST is a fantastic look into the life of the Ancient Celts. Cornelia Amiri has definitely done her research before she ever put fingers to keyboard on this one, and it shows. From the daily life of the Celts to the brutality of the Romans, everything is here. The characters are all wonderfully portrayed too. We have Sulwen, trained in the Druid ways, trying to reconcile herself to the slaughter and the total destruction of the only home she remembers, as she attempts to carry out her mission. Then we have Rhys, dedicated to fulfilling his duty as Arch Druid of the Iceni tribe and feeling oh so guilty over the massacre on Ynys Mon, knowing there was no way he could have left the Iceni to do anything for those slaughtered. We also have the bonus of meeting Boudica and her daughters and the author's interpretation of the events leading to the death of the queen. If you enjoy reading about the Celts, don't miss this story. You'll be sorry you did.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted August 6, 2008

SUMMARY

In first century AD Britannia, after burning the oaken groves and the druid priest, the cold, cruel Romance move to crush Queen Boudica’s revolt. The future of the mist covered isle and its brave people rest in the hands of two druids whose views are as different as fire and ice. Yet they find love together. Arch Druid Rhys is a master of the sacred mysteries but a novice in the ways of the heart. Sulwen, a sacred druidess, discovers Rhys, the shape shifter, has evoked a basic, feral desire in her, only to find the goddess may soon exact the unfathomable price of taking him from her. Though their love is as potent as their magic, is it strong enough to survive their desperate quest?

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Druid Quest
by Cornelia Amiri

Awe-struck
August 1, 2008
ISBN #1587496828
EAN #9781587496820
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Other Books by
Cornelia Amiri

The Wolf and the Druidess
Druid's Bride
Romance of My Dreams
Queen of Kings
A Fine Cauldron of Fish
Sleeping with the Undead
The Vixen Princess
Danger Is Sweet


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