So, I’ve finished the third book in this series. I’m a bit unsure of this one to be honest but I’m really curious to see where it’s all heading! There is just one book left, for now, and I’m on a blog tour for it in January so I’ll know soon! The chance of me waiting that long is slim since I already have the last book in my possession. The rumor has it a new book will be coming sometime over Christmas?! The synopsis, almost all of it, is borrowed from Goodreads:
AD 73 Northern Roman Britain
Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.
The Romans treks northwards and Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaign – has busy days with local raiders attacking Roman forts and transports with supplies.
All the time whilst reading Donning Double Cloaks I got the sense of waiting. I was waiting for something, what it was I won’t spoil, and I’m a highly impatient person so I don’t have much time for waiting haha. I feel like this book had the same tendencies as the first one in the forms of travelling and therefore I feel like the book is longer than it actually is. There is a lot of movement and thus it takes my focus away from the main action. Sometimes the story slows down a bit at certain points in the book, which is good because I felt like that gave me the ability to «collect» the story a bit together and see the long stretches of the storyline. These «collection points» gave me the chance to see the story in a bigger picture. Series-wise I believe all this movement is very important in the bigger picture even thought it wasn’t quite to my taste. I’m fairly sure things will make more sense when I read the next book. Jardine has a purpose, although somewhat hidden, for all this movement so I believe that if the book is structured this way it is because it serves a purpose later. It was proven to me with book two so I’m not going to judge too harshly before I’ve read the next book! One can’t love everything after all!
Even though this book has some of the same flare as the second book I’m getting more spy-related vibes from this one. The title should give that away automatically but who is our spy? Read and find out! I believe that these vibes are a stroke of ingeniousness from Jardine because it makes the story more wholesome in my opinion and its easier to engage with the story too. I mean what’s an occupation without a proper spy right? This aspect of the story creates the ‘good against evil’ perspective in the book and of course we side with the Celts! Down with the evil Romans!
If you remember the way book two ended I can tell you that we now have three character perspectives to deal with. Which three I’ll leave up to your imagination. Sometimes it took me a few sentences to discover which perspective we were following because two of them tends to be in the same place. Jardine has put place and time at the beginning of every perspective change which helps a lot! Brennus/Bran is still with us and I’m enjoying this character more and more! We get to see him evolve even more in this book and some of his experiences I’m really happy about, whilst others just make me sad. Yes yes, there have to be some hardship in order to evolve but for crying out loud how much s*** can happen to one person? When I think about this story being built around real happenings it just makes me sad that people can do such things to one another…
Donning Double Cloaks is the next to final book about our Garrigill friends! I hope the next book will bring some more happiness to them than this one did! I’m ready for the next book, Agricola’s Bane, so keep your eyes peeled. If you haven’t started this series yet and you are a history and romance lover then pick up this series and step into the world of Bran and his friends!
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.
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Genre: Historical romance
Theme: Family, invasion, love, escape
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