Wave Hunter: The Book of Water by Beth Webb
|Wave Hunter: The Book of Water by Beth Webb|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: This third instalment of the Star Dancer quartet sees Tegen journey right across Britain and even across to Ireland as she tries to fulfil her sacred destiny. Enjoyable historical novel about a fascinating period of history.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 368||Date: May 2011|
|Publisher: March Hamilton|
|External links: Author's website|
As the Iron Age comes to a close, Romans are sweeping across the British countryside destroying anyone who stands in their way. The druids are a particular target - the Romans understand all too well that the society they seek to subdue revolves around its religion and its sacred places. Tegen is determined to stop them. As the Star Dancer, the young druid girl's destiny is to avert a great evil, and she believes that evil is the Roman invasion.
Tegen has exceptional magical powers but she also has an exceptional enemy in the form of a powerful demon that stalks her wherever she goes. And as Tegen slowly makes her way to the sacred isle of Mona for the weaving of the great druidic spell against the Romans, the demon is in constant pursuit. With only a boy, a dog and a white horse to help her, will Tegen make it in time?
I love historical fantasy and I'm really enjoying this series about Tegen. She's an engaging central character - full of otherworldly magic and power, but also of endearingly human characteristics. She's impulsive and quick to anger, but also determined and kind and loving. You really do will her to succeed against the huge odds she faces and you readily forgive her mistakes. I love her for being such a strong female character; she speaks as much to readers today as she would have done to her Iron Age peers.
Webb also fills this book with vivid and accurate historical detail. From food and clothes through methods of warfare to religion and an understanding of the world around them, Celtic and Roman people spring from her pages as credible human beings whose lives are illuminated for her readers.
Roll on book four!
If you like to try before you buy, you can download the first chapter of Wave Hunter here.
My thanks to the good people at March Hamilton for sending the book.
You should read the first book in the series rather than beginning with Wave Hunter. The Mark of Edain by Pauline Chandler also talks about the enmity between the druids and the Romans. Bloodline by Katy Moran is an evocative story of Dark Ages Britain with a subtle fantasy element.
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