Beathan The Brigante
(Book 5 Celtic Fervour Series)
By Nancy Jardine
AD 85 Roman Empire
How can Beathan of Garrigill – held hostage by General Agricola and dragged in chains to Rome – escape and wreak vengeance on his enemies? Torrin is a strong-minded Brigante warrior-woman who forges her own future. She willingly takes care of Beathan in a time of need, but her own plans are paramount.
Agricola's career is in tatters. Attempts on his life are plentiful, having lost favour with Emperor Domitian. His gods have abandoned him, though assistance comes from a surprising source.
Will Beathan gain his freedom to return to his kin in Caledonia? Will Torrin be by his side? And how will Agricola survive without the emperor's benevolence?
Beathan the Brigante is the fifth in the bestselling Celtic Fervour series.
In the highly-interlinked Celtic Fervour Series, the warrior clan from the Brigante Hillfort of Garrigill do everything they can to evade domination by the occupying Ancient Roman legions. Pitched battles, guerrilla warfare, raids, undercover spying activity– the clan use every tactic to thwart their Roman usurpers. Unfortunately, the Roman foe proves too powerful and Beathan of Garrigill (almost 13 years old) is captured after a huge pitched battle at Beinn na Ciche in Taexali Territory, north-east Caledonia (Book 3).
Beathan The Brigante (Book 5) continues Beathan’s story after capture and depicts the interweaving of Beathan’s life with that of the Ancient Roman general, Gnaeus Iulius Agricola. Emperor Domitian has ordered Agricola to return to Rome and on the way the general collects his high-ranking hostages from Caledonia – Beathan included. Agricola has plans for them though success depends on fickle Emperor Domitian whose interest in the whole of Britannia has waned.
On the long trek to Rome, chained to a wagon or to his fellow captives, Beathan finds that Agricola has inexplicable enemies. Meanwhile, Agricola recognises something out-of-the-ordinary in young Beathan. In Beathan The Brigante the reader finds themes which recur throughout the series: fortitude; tenacity; and a dogged desire to escape danger and gain vengeance over the enemy. Loyalty manifests itself in strange ways and different forms of love abound – though not all of a sexual nature.
Escape doesn’t come easily but back in Britannia, Beathan gains ultimate revenge at Vindolanda Roman Fort. It’s taken four years though it’s fitting that by then he’s closer to a reunion with his family, and that romance has also lightened his heart.
Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction, time travel historical adventure and contemporary mysteries. Research, grandchildren, gardening and reading novels easily fill up non-writing time. Currently, Covid 19 restrictions have interrupted the fun she has signing and selling her novels at public events. Similarly, author presentations on her novels and on Ancient Roman Scotland await a restart! She’s a member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists Association; and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She’s self-published with Ocelot Press.
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Book Title: Beathan The Brigante
Series: (Book 5 Celtic Fervour Series)
Author: Nancy Jardine
Publication Date: 20th August 2020
Publisher: Nancy Jardine with Ocelot Press
Page Length: 307 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction