The Claiming

The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, Book 3
Narrated by: Nano Nagle
Series: The Circle of Ceridwen, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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How long can you fight Fate? How far must you go to claim what is yours?  

Sidroc the Dane has been in Angle-land for 12 years. The first nine were all hard fighting. He has won treasure beyond counting, and now peace for his men. But there is one thing he still desires: Ceridwen as his wife.  

Now Fate conspires to tear Ceridwen and Sidroc away from Angle-land. Thrust together amidst great danger and hardship they fight to survive - and fight each other. Each day takes them farther from the loyalties and laws of the lands they have called home, and deeper into new challenges and opportunities. Ceridwen's ties to Kilton and all it represents are strong, yet Sidroc is steadfast in his claim to her. A rescued stranger stands between both of their desires, threatening to destroy all that Sidroc has worked and killed to preserve.  

Download the free accompanying PDF with maps, list of characters, glossary, and more: https://octavia.net/audiobook-accompanying-materials/

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2005 Octavia Randolph (P)2017 Octavia Randolph

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Really good adventure

This is the best of the series. Very entertaining. Romance part was not sexy, but long years of yearning for your true love. Painful long years with the wrong love.

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Splendid!

Book three is just as good and captivating as the two prior! Great story; can't wait for the continuance!

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A series with many heroes

This is my first review of the series because I haven’t wanted to stop even for a moment before starting the next book. I love the strong direct style of this story telling without excessive battle scenes and political descriptions. Also loving that the author doesn’t shy away from the intricacies and intimacies of sexual encounters. So far it is a series with many heroes that explore relationships as well as adventure and conflicts. I’m very happy to have stumbled upon this series and highly recommend.

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fantastic

I have read historical fiction. all my life, I'm 63. this is one of the best sagas I have read. the characters and places come to life in a spellbinding way. thank you

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The Best One Yet

I became a quick fan of this series right away in Book One, Chapter the First, so when we're given a whole book mainly about Ceridwen and Sidroc, my two favorite characters, I was instantly engrossed with it. I really appreciated the pacing and storytelling while eagerly awaiting and experiencing the continued growth and evolution of the relationship between Ceridwen and Sidroc. (Sidenote: I did find that going to the author's website and looking at maps of the time period and the routes of the characters in this book incredibly helpful.)

I already knew I liked the main characters, but in this book, I found that I could like them even more. Octavia Randolph stays true to and doesn't flip on her characterizations of either protagonist as she unravels their changing circumstances and dynamic. Ceridwen is still endearing with her courage and vulnerability, and Sidroc's patience and unwavering fortitude is fantastic.

Nano Nagle got better with Book Three. Her choice of accents was improved and made Sidroc much more tolerable for me. I was happy to bump her up to four stars.

I definitely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction and fans of the author and/or series.

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True Love or Stockholm Syndrome?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was disturbed listening to this book. Unless the saga goes in a totally different way, as I have not read the next book, this book is mostly about a kidnapper emotionally wearing down a woman he claims to care about.

Would you be willing to try another book from Octavia Randolph? Why or why not?

I am not sure. I liked the first 2 books, especially the first one. But trying to make Stockholm Syndrome okay and romantic is not something that appeals to me.

Which character – as performed by Nano Nagle – was your favorite?

The Saxon and the Priest.

Do you think The Claiming needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if it addresses how messed up kidnapping someone is and that you can t pressure your captive to love you.

Any additional comments?

I don't like where the protagonist is going in this series. I liked Ceridwen in the first book. She has become far less likable as the books progress.

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I've listened to the whole series at least 3x

If you're looking for historical fiction told from female perspective this is it. ♥️ Narrator

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The whole saga is amazing!

This is one of my favorite parts of the saga, The Claiming. Well written and very consuming. I absolutely love historical fiction with a great storyline. And each character has their own backstories, excellently presented throughout the series. It builds and builds with each book!

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All the waiting for nothing...

This book was a total letdown. THREE BOOKS of waiting for them to be together finally and it was kind of a major letdown. THREE BOOKS. We need a little more.

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Addictive

I have enjoyed the Ceridwen books -- 4 so far, and find them addictive. They are set in the 9th Century and are full of memorable characters. I have not researched whether the settings, tools, and environments are accurate, but they certainly seem so--and I am always intrigued to learn how LOW tech societies worked. The people in Ceridwen's life, and she herself, often push the boundaries of their societal roles, but not in ways that seem unbelievable. So as a dedicated "Outlander" fan, I can recommend these to you, though in comparison, the Ceridwen books do not have actual known historical events that strongly influence the plot. Randolf writes less history and less sexual detail (the descriptions are relatively restrained), but delightful books nevertheless.

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  • Chapel Witch
  • 06-10-19

Another Great Story!

I loved this third book. So much, in fact I was surprised when it finished...a result of my total Immersion in the story rather than an abrupt ending.
What now? Book 4 of course!

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  • 11-05-19

A beautifully written and read book.

I don't want the series to end so I've started rewinding parts and re listening in case I missed something!

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  • 06-14-17

What a journey

liked it very much, loved the history and the characters. I could picture it all.

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  • Dirk
  • 03-19-17

Impressive

Loved this whole saga immensely. I had trouble turning it off. Hopefully there maybe more to come in this saga.