Well plotted, with vivid characters and a strong sense of time and place, this story
is marred by a huge coincidence integral to the plot. In some ways, it's like an old-fashioned historical romance with stronger language and sexuality added -- which some will no doubt appreciate.
Sierra's deceased mother was a Druid and the king's spiritual adviser, which didn't save her life. Sierra hungers for revenge, and the chance comes from an unexpected source. Dryston of Hereford, a former Roman soldier, is captured during a raid. A rebel devoted to freeing the country from the Saxons, Dryston needs Sierra's help to escape. Charged with learning what Dryston knows by any means necessary, Sierra comes to trust him. If they escape, will they stay alive long enough to achieve their objectives? (SPICE, Aug., 320 pp., $13.95)