In the long-awaited sequel to her best-selling Druids, Llywelyn returns to the world of the Celts in the time of Julius Caesar. Their lands taken by the Romans, Ainvar and his clansmen feel that they have no choice but to emigrate to Hibernia. Once there, they begin to build new lives and become part of the culture and traditions that already exist, while trying to preserve the parts of their birth cultures that are most important to them.

The events are told from Ainvar's point of view and, although he's an interesting character, his narrative voice is repetitious and overly precious.

The other characters are curiously lifeless. Ainvar has three wives -- Briga the wise, Lokutu the mysterious and Onuava the proud -- none of whom ever become more than their defining adjective. Everything is imbued with significance to the point of meaninglessness -- even central scenes are ground into so much dust under the weight of Ainvar's words. (Jun., 320 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs