(Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 2)
By Linnea Tanner
Publisher: Apollo Raven Publisher, LLC
Page Length: 350 Pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction
I am Catrin, the youngest fifteen-year-old daughter of King Amren of the Cantiaci tribal kingdom in Britannia. In my homeland, females can own property and become rulers and druids. My father arranged for me to be trained as a warrior. I can fight, hunt, ride horses, and use weapons just like the men to protect my homeland.
I am able to connect with my spiritual guide, the Raven, which is seen as a bad omen by my parents and people. The Raven is not only a messenger from the gods, it has a darker purpose—collecting the souls of the dead from battlefields. As I’ve struggled to understand my unnatural connection to the Raven, my spiritual guide has shown me how to change the future by reweaving life threads on the Walls of Life. I have also learned how to shape-shift into a white raven but am frustrated that I can’t always control these powers.
I have a destiny to break the curse, but I must first be tested to demonstrate my duty to my father and my people. And that duty is complicated by my love for Marcellus.
What would you consider to be your greatest strength?
I consider loyalty to my family, my people, and Marcellus my greatest strength. I’ve been tested with every conceivable complication in my path as a star-crossed lover of Marcellus, from tribal warfare and supernatural druidic prophecy to filial duty. When my father charged me to defend his kingdom from both the forces of the Roman Empire and the schemes of my own banished half-brother, I promised him that I would fight bravely without hesitation. And though I have been advised to forsake Marcellus, I cannot. He is my soul mate from a previous life.
What is your biggest regret?
When I changed the future on the Wall of Lives to save Marcellus from his fate of death at a conflict that broke out during a prisoner exchange, I unknowingly changed my father’s fate. In the chaos of battle, Marcellus stabbed my father with his sword and inflicted a life-threatening injury. Though my father survived, he accuses me of treason for aiding Marcellus. The punishment could be death or banishment. I must live with the fear that I cannot ultimately save my family from the curse cast by my father’s former queen.
My perfect day would be with Marcellus near a waterfall, in a lush forest. There, we could dream of overcoming obstacles which stand in out the way of our forbidden love. I fear, though, that perfect day will never happen. Both families are against our relationship, causing family and political turmoil.
I would choose the magic of the ancient druids to break the curse. It is the power to control the forces of nature. I’ve had a taste of what this magic entails when my half brother, Marrock, assaulted attempted to transform me, as a nine-year girl, into one of his wolves. I somehow garnered powerful forces from the Raven to help me escape his assault. Ravens descended from the sky and viciously attacked my half brother.
But I must learn how to control this magic and seek wisdom from my raven guide on how to be a strong but a just and merciful leader.