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THE OATH BY A.M. LINDEN
Publication Date: June 15, 2021
She Writes Press
Paperback & eBook; 336 pages
Series: The Druid Chronicles, #1
When the last of members of a secretive Druid cult are forced to abandon their hidden sanctuary, they send the youngest of their remaining priests in search of Annwr, their chief priestess’s sister, who was abducted by a Saxon war band fifteen years ago. With only a rudimentary grasp of English and the ambiguous guidance of an oracle’s prophecy, Caelym manages to find Annwr living in a hut on the grounds of a Christian convent.
Annwr has spent her years of captivity caring for the timid Aleswina, an orphaned Saxon princess who was consigned to the cloistered convent by her cousin, King Gilberth, after he assumed her father’s throne. Just as Caelym and Annwr are about leave together, Aleswina learns that Gilberth, a tyrant known for his cruelty and vicious temper, means to take her out of the convent and marry her. Terrified, she flees with the two Druids–beginning a heart-pounding adventure that unfolds in ways none of them could have anticipated.
An Outstanding Immersible Historical Fiction!
Caelym, is a young Druid Priest who has sworn an Oath, that he means to keep!
Tasked with a quest to return with the sister of his chief priestess Feywn. His travels have led him from one end the kingdom to the other. Finally after a series of events his long adventures quest Caelym is able to locate Annwr. She is living a modest life, on the grounds near the Abbey of Saint Edeth the Enduring, which is located In the north eastern corner of the kingdom of Derthwald. He is surprised to find a grumbling middle aged woman instead of what he remembered.
Fifteen years prior, a vicious Saxon war band had snached Annwr, and she has been missing ever since. Enduring hellish treatments from her captures, Annwr has survived . After being sold many times she finally finds peace as a serving nurse to the dead king’s daughter, princess Aleswina. Taking care of the little girl needs from day to day, a strong bond inseparable bond develops. Even when the older shy, compassionate, young adult Aleswina is banished by her cousin King Gilberth to a convent taking her trusted friend and serving woman Annwr goes with her. Living a quiet life in at the Abby, Aleswina is introduced to the strict religion of the fast moving Christian theology. But with her constant friendship with her adoring nurse, she has become more skeptical with her way of thinking. Being exposed to her nursemaid Annwr she is able to grasp the ideology and religion of the Celtic’s.
When it becomes clear that king Gilberth has changed his mind and sends men to retrieve his young cousin Aleswina, with the intent to marry her. The three make up an unlikely band that flee as the kings men are hot on their heels.
The princess and Annwr will come to find out that the young Druid Caelym has his own agenda.
This novel was filled with compelling characters and I really enjoyed everything that each of them brought to this story throughout the novel. Linden masterly catapults the reader into the year of 788 Britain, as the swiftly moving religion of the Christians threatens the Celtics and Druidism way of life. When it comes to the writing of this story, Linden has unforgettable way of pulling the reader into the richly detailed world she has created. Each scene is atmospheric with every detail has been put into play for a reason.
I really enjoyed the rich, descriptive narration because it really made me feel like I was alongside the characters in the story, I felt invested into the characters lives and experiences as they encounter obstacles set before them, either physically or emotionally. A book that is exceedingly well written, with engaging, captivating fleshed our characters. I found book to be definitely character driven, and I was caught up in the lives of each one of the main MC’s.
The Oath by A. M. Linden exceeded every expectation in a stunning historical fiction! I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction about the Celtics in Britain.
A completely satisfying read, and I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this spectacular series.
Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am just reader, and will leave the writing to all the incredible authors out there.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
“Linden’s well-researched tale eloquently brings to life a lesser-known period of transition in Britain…The author has created a strong foundation for her series with well-developed characters whom readers can embrace…[a] layered, gripping historical fiction…”
“Linden uses a fairy tale-like style almost as though this story has been passed down orally over the centuries. Though the kingdoms are fictional, Linden’s tale draws on meticulous historical research, especially in her dramatization of the Christian persecution of the druids.”
“The story rolls along at a lively pace, rich with details of the times and a wide cast of characters….Those interested in goddess-worshipping religions will be drawn to the novel. Any reader curious about 8th-century Britain will enjoy Linden’s innovative focus on the little-known Druids as well as early medieval Christians. Her plotting, shifting points of view of the three engaging protagonists, and evocative writing style make The Oath a pleasure to read. Highly recommended!”
–Historical Novels Review
“The Oath urges readers along on a richly textured quest among the Saxons and Celts of 8th-century Britain. Young and rather humorously naïve Druid priest-healer Caelym swears to ‘rescue’ a damsel in distress who turns out to be neither a young damsel nor in distress. With a feminist slant, this engaging tale brings the conflict between Druids and early Christians to vivid life through sympathetic and well-rounded characters. I particularly enjoyed the ironic voice of the aging midwife Annwr. Brava!”
–Sara Stamey, author of The Ariadne Connection
“Thrilling historical fiction with heart and soul.”
–Tim Pears, author of The West Country trilogy
“The Oath will appeal to a wide-ranging readership, reflecting Linden’s rich imagination and gift for weaving tales within tales evoking the romance of medieval Britain. Vibrant, determined, and relatable characters with disparate ethnic and religious identities discover their own strengths, and each other’s, as the intricate and engaging plot unfolds.”
–Anne Marie Tietjen, PhD, clinical psychologist and instructor at Western Washington University
“Linden’s knowledge and passion for history is soaked into every word of The Oath, combined with an obvious skill at storytelling. Linden succeeds at every level, but the world building is truly spectacular. Historical fantasy is hard to do well, but Linden makes it look easy. What could be dry details are presented so effectively that the world is elevated to almost being a character of its own. And in a cast of characters as well drawn as these, that’s saying something. I can’t wait to see what else this skilled author comes up with!”
–Bishop O’Connell, author of the American Faerie Tale series
About the Author
Ann Margaret Linden was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up on the East Coast before returning to the Pacific Northwest as a young adult. She has undergraduate degrees in anthropology and in nursing and a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner. After working in a variety of acute care and community health settings, she took a position in a program for children with special health care needs where her responsibilities included writing clinical reports, parent educational materials, provider newsletters, grant submissions and other program related materials. The Oath is the first installment of The Druid Chronicles, a five-volume series that began as a somewhat whimsical decision to write something for fun and ended up becoming a lengthy journey that involved Linden taking adult education creative writing courses, researching early British history, and traveling to England, Scotland, and Wales. Retired from nursing, she lives with her husband, dogs, and cat.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, June 17
Review at Jessica Belmont
Friday, June 18
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Monday, June 21
Interview at Jathan & Heather
Friday, June 25
Interview at Passages to the Past
Monday, June 28
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read
Thursday, July 1
Excerpt at Hoover Book Reviews
Monday, July 5
Review at Bookworlder
Thursday, July 8
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, July 12
Interview at Reader_ceygo
Wednesday, July 14
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog
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