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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Druid Quest

Druid Quest by Cornelia Amiri
Publisher: AweStruck Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

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?

The Druid Quest takes the reader to the age when Rome ruled Britain, AD 43-410. The story is set in A D 61 at a time when the Romans strived to eradicate all Druids. Ms. Amin stirs a wide-range of emotions with this novel. She shows the reader a way of life fraught with cruelty and hardships yet infused with loyalty to family, cultural values, and country that make people willing to fight and die in an effort to protect them. She also touches the heart with the compelling love that Druidess Sulwen and Archdruid Rhys share.

With the mention of Queen Boudicca of Iceni, I found myself wondering if the story was set in a real or fictional time so I checked. History records show: “In AD 60 the Iceni rose up under the leadership of Boudicca, destroying the Roman towns of Colchester, London, and St Albans. The crushing of the Boudiccan revolt was followed by a period of expansion of the Roman province….” The Romans finally came to control all of England, southern Wales and southern Scotland.

The unusual names and the multitude of gods and goddesses slow the flow of the story at times but not enough to dampen the desire to find out what happens next. Cornelia Amin writes scenes that come alive when battles rage and the people celebrate. Moreover, the love scenes with Sulwen and Rhys sizzle and make the heart rate kick into high gear.

The Druid Quest offers shape shifting, a hint of dragons, magic, and the indomitable spirit of the druids to survive and help humanity. This is a story I’m glad I had the opportunity to read. It is a story of faith, hope, and love.