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AD 73 Northern Roman Britain
Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.
Ineda treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaigns. At Pinnata Castra, she escapes and seeks fellow Brigantes congregating for battle in the north.
The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledon allies clash at Beinn na Ciche in AD 84, but where are Brennus and Ineda?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Book 3 in the Celtic Fervour Saga series by Nancy Jardine. I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author, Nancy Jardine.
Killing Off Characters
In my Celtic Fervour Saga Series there are some characters that I knew just had to be bumped off at some point. It wasn’t because I hated the characters that I’d created, it was more that to have a particular desired ending to the whole book at least a couple of them just had to be zapped. Did I find it a happy experience? Absolutely not, because every character I’ve created has been memorable in their own unique way.
In #3 After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks the stories of Brennus of Garrigill and Ineda of Marske continue on from Book 2. We begin Book 3 with Brennus moving on with his life though never quite able to forget Ineda who has vanished as though into thin air after the two of them were attacked by an Ancient Roman patrol. Ineda has meanwhile been enslaved by Roman Tribune Gaius Livanus Valerius and used as a personal slave, which includes her becoming his long-term unofficial concubine and the mother of his children during the decade after her capture.
I could have had Brennus existing happily enough on his own for a decade but when I tried to imagine what it might have been like some 2000 years ago – at a time of deadly turmoil – it seemed more realistic to have him enter a new hearth-relationship, even if it wasn’t based on deep love. Many Brigante warriors had died in the battles between the native Britons and the Ancient Roman Legions leading up to A.D. 74, the point where Book 3 begins, leaving lovers like Lleia totally bereft. Bringing two lonely souls together in such circumstances seemed do-able, even highly practical for day-to-day living way back then. Brennus and Lleia aren’t strangers so they both enter into a relationship based on trust and deep friendship, even though no sparks fly! The abiding love they do share is for their little daughter Kaideigh.
However, to resolve the unrequited true love situation between Brennus and Ineda by the time of the huge battle at Beinn na Ciche in A.D. 84, between the amassed Caledonians and their allies, I had some heartbreak to attend to. Readers of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks will find that Lleia falls prey to a condition that would have been all too common for women. The writing of this part of the book made me quite tearful because Lleia is a shadowy, slightly lost but genuinely lovely character. Though, in all honesty, when Tribune Gaius meets his own timely misfortune, I found it incredibly difficult to write this part. I had invested a lot into the creation of this character who has many facets that are so easy to dislike, yet I had also given him other very laudable traits that make him a complex man, and perhaps in a contrary way ‘somewhat’ likeable. The reader of the series will be able to decide what they think of Tribune Livanus.
Is it easy for Brennus and Ineda to come together again after all that’s happened around them? I’d love my readers to tell me what they think! And I’m afraid only a reader of Book 3, will find out who else doesn’t survive the horrendous battle at Beinn na Ciche against the Ancient Roman armies of General Agricola. To have all of my extended Garrigill warrior clan survive would have been totally unrealistic and creating a believable setting is an ultimate aim that many readers tell me they appreciate very much in the series.
Wishing you happy reading!
About the Author
Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)
A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.
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