Hello book friends!
I’ve reached the end of this series, for now, and I know there is a final book coming up which is needed due to the way this book ended! Without further ado, here’s your synopsis from Goodreads:
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…
Agricola’s Bane again contains quite a bit of travelling…Mrs Jardine, we’ve talked about this for several books now! Haha. As always there is some positive to gain by all this travelling and we get to see our characters, who almost all are new btw, develop which is something Jardine is very good at portraying. Even with all the travelling, I feel like the flow of the story is much better in this book than previously! I early got engaged which I have found a bit difficult to become in the previous books.
This story is moving in a rather different direction than I expected when book number three ended. I’m not entirely sure that I’m pleased with the direction of the book but I firmly believe that there is a reason behind the actions in this book. Jardine has proven me this several times whilst I’ve read her books. I tried to speculate where the story is heading but I found this rather difficult because Jardine now has left several possibilities open for her readers. I’m not familiar with the real story of Campaign Britannia so that might be something that makes it difficult for me to foresee a possible ending. It’s none the less exciting to not be able to spot the story’s ending and I’m excited to see how my friend’s stories will end!
Characterwise we’re presented more closely to Nith which I’m happy about! In the previous books, he’s been more in the background fulfilling the task of guarding Brennus and his family. Now, he’s more centre stage and I’ve grown to like him a lot! His heart and mind are in the right place and he is generally a very likeable character. Another new character is Enya. She’s the daughter of Gabrond and Fiona and we’ve not encountered her before. She’s very headstrong but she’s also at that age where she’s grown from child to woman and this transition is rather interesting to witness. Most people can identify themselves with this transition and this connects these prehistoric times with our modern times and I believe that is somewhat important in a story like this where so much is different from our own time.
We get a closer look at Agricola as a character as well and he seems to me to be a person smeared rather thinly on his own toast. He seems rather stressed out by this whole campaign in Britannia but to me, he is still the enemy so I wasn’t too bothered with his wellbeing if he leaves my Garrigill friends alone! On the other hand, Agricola presents the story from the most common perspective, the invaders and Roman perspective. I think its a good idea to give the readers both perspectives in order to give further depths to the story. Most likely, Jardine is planning something grand for the final book and I’m sure these different perspectives have something to do about it!
Agricola’s Bane is, for now, the final book in the Celtic Fervour Series. It’s one of the better ones in the series in my opinion. I’m excited to see where this series is heading but I’m hoping for a good ending for all my favourites in the Garrigill clan! Have you still not yet picked up this series and you’re a historical romance fan then start your year out with a book series filled with characters that you’ll come to care for and root for in their war of gaining their homeland back!
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, friends, occupied, enemies
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