Fearful for her infant sons life, Brenda, mistress of Owain, Prince of Wales, flees for the safety of a druid community in her native Ireland. She becomes an integral part of the camps life and begins to acquire druid healing skills and mystic knowledge.

However, Owains men find her and bring her back to Wales where she becomes entangled in the treacheries of the court. Even as she rises in power as Owains consort and adviser, Brenda dreams of the son she left behind to be fostered by the druids and whose destiny it is to lead his people to a new world.

As the intrigues increase, Brenda fears that the forces of England and Christianity threaten the druids, herself and her sons safety. Extensive research, lush detailing and impressive characters bring this lost world to life. Betrayals, intrigues, the struggle between the Old Ways and the new religion for supremacy are vividly portrayed in this panoramic tale; a fitting and fascinating beginning to what promises to be a sweeping saga. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin