By Nancy Jardine
Britain’s coastline constantly suffers from soil erosion, so it’s prudent to check what my characters walk over since it may have been further away from the water line. River courses may have changed since 2000 years ago, tributaries adding to or reducing current flow. The blanket bog coverage of the lower Caledonian mountain slopes has been cleared and drained by farmers over the recent two millennia, but it would have been slow going and treacherous for my characters to pick their way over. Soil sampling gives a good idea of which crops my local Taexali tribe were eating and indigenous plants help to identify which berries, nuts and other foods were available to them…and to the invading Romans!
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...
In Book 4, the tales of the Garrigill Clan come to readers of the series via members of their second generation of Brigantes – their fight against the oppressive forces of the Ancient Roman Legions and their General Agricola a continuing and unending struggle.
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