Happy Sunday my lovelies! Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend. Today I’m delighted to bring you a review of Agricola’s Bane – Book 4 in The Celtic Fervour series by Nancy Jardine. We continue on our journey with our favourite Celtic tribes and see what trouble the Roman’s are causing this time……
A.D. 84 Northern Roman Britain
Nith of Tarras helps Enya of Garrigill in the search for her kin, missing after the disastrous battle at Beinn na Ciche fought between the Caledonian warriors and the mighty Ancient Roman legions. Enya soon has a heartrending choice to make. Should she tread Vacomagi territory that’s swarming with Roman auxiliaries to find her brother? Or, should she head south in search of her cousin who has probably been enslaved by the Romans?
The Commander of the Britannic Legions and Governor of Britannia – General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola – is determined to claim more barbarian territory for the Roman Empire, indeed plans to invade the whole island, but finds not all decisions are his to make. It increasingly seems that the goddess, Fortuna, does not favour him.
The adventures of the Garrigill clan continue…
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Well I was excited to be back with some of my favourite Celtic tribes. This follows on after the battle at Beinn na Ciche which did NOT go well in the previous book, and this time we’re with Enya of Garrigill as she sets off to find her missing brother and cousin. Accompanying her are Nith and Feargus – two warriors who she is unsure of her feelings for……Will they find her relatives? Will they make it there unharmed? And will she figure out her feelings?
I love being back with these guys, and we get to see a glimpse of the original characters in this but the focus is on Enya this time on her search. This book is a little less action packed that previous books – we don’t have a big battle, but what we do have is an insight into the life of the North Britannia. The plot follows Enya, Nith and Feargus as they encounter multiple local tribal villages and see the impact the Romans have had across their territory. We also have an insight into life as a captive, and the thoughts of General Agricola and his minions.
The descriptions are wonderful as usual, letting you really immerse yourself in the story and imagine what it was like being there. I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a bit more action, but the story was still thoroughly enjoyable. I did come to this book expecting it to be the last in the series so was looking forward to seeing how things wrapped up, but have found out there is at least one other in the series so I didn’t get the satisfaction I thought I was going to have. However, I am looking forward to another book so we can see what else has been happening in Britannia. I do feel the novel could have been slightly shorter based on the fact that it doesn’t wrap things up, but again don’t let this put you off. If you’ve enjoyed the previous three, you’ll enjoy being back!
If you haven’t read the previous books, you could probably read this as a standalone as it refers back to the things that have happened that have an impact on the story. Although I would recommend reading the others first – if for no other reason than they are fab!
You can read the reviews of the other books on my blog at the following links:
about the author
Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)
A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.
To learn more about Nancy, check out my Meet the Author interview with her.
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Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Nancy and the publisher for providing me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Have a wonderful Sunday all!