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Duty versus desire

The peace between the Saxons and Danes has collapsed. Viking forces led by the war-lord Haesten strike at will across borders. One more push will destroy Wessex. The Danish warriors settled under the Dane-law are tempted to join with these new invaders, wiping clear the game board as they seek full dominance of Angle-land.

Sidroc, having witnessed his son Hrald's victory at Four Stones, undertakes the perilous return to Gotland, a journey shadowed by the spirit of his long-dead uncle Yrling. Before his father's eyes, Hrald has won the garrison fortress of Turcesig, but can he keep it?

Ceric, the son of Ceridwen, rides with Ælfred's ambitious son, Prince Eadward, in their wild pursuit of the invaders. After distinguishing himself in the field, Ceric receives a startling order from the king, sending him to Four Stones. There Ashild and her mother, Ælfwyn, contend with the dual claims of duty and desire, and each comes face-to-face with their past - and their future.

At Kilton in Wessex the young lord Edwin, just 16, is overwhelmed at the challenges before him both as a warrior and as a man. Yet he is unexpectedly entrusted with a secret that could shatter all he holds dear.

The fortresses of Kilton and Four Stones. What binds them together now threatens to tear them apart.

©2020 Octavia Randolph (P)2020 Octavia Randolph

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Surely Book 8 is Coming?

The second half is better than the first. Nano never got involved with telling the story. She was just reading words. Octavia is at her best when she is weaving the stories of her beloved characters, and does a little of that in the second half of the book. The first half has a documentary feeling about it. The author is eager to share her rich knowledge of the history of Gotland, and of the daily life, battle strategies, armament, and power succession of the Vikings. There is too much of that in this book, however, and not enough of the story I waited so long to continue. Just about every character of importance is visited, but the visits are short, hurried and with no lead-in, so I felt like I was plopped down in the middle of the scenes and was left in my own to figure out what was happening. There is very little energy applied to continuity. This is not a stand-alone book. The previous books need to be read first in order to know what is actually going on and why. The final chapter was rushed in a big, big way and the characters ALL deserved better treatment. Not sure how this got past editing, or why it was even released. It seems to be very preliminary. A story board version with the chapters up on the wall waiting to find their proper order. Octavia, I adore you but this needed lots more work.

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Too Much!

I have read the entire series and I loved it. This one not so much. Way too many minor characters thrown in...way too much talking and planning...way too much riding around accomplishing little. I finished the book trying to figure out what is the goal? Was it just an intro to new characters? New generation? Disappointed.

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Another wonderful addition to the Ceridwin Sagas

Octavia is a brilliant writer & Nano is a wonderful narrator. I Love them both!

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Great series

Octavia Randolph is a brilliant writer and Nano Nagle brings these characters to life! I love this series and highly recommend it, especially via Audible. Listening to Nano Nagle narrate adds a whole other dimension to the story and to the enjoyment of the book!

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Swept Away

Wildswept swept me away with it's descriptions and the unfolding saga of the characters that we've followed for so long.

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Love this whole series!!!

I truly enjoy listening to this series and cannot wait until another book comes out.

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love this series

Top three most favorite book series ever...I was so pleased when I recently learned about book seven, then even more pleased when it was the same narrator. My only complaint was it was too short. I wanted so much more of the story. Can't wait for book eight.

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Love this series

This is not my favorite in the series by far, which is disappointing after waiting so long. I really can’t stand Aschild. She’s a brat. But the series is so beautifully written and so in depth, I love it. I hope the next comes quickly. And I hope Aschild’s choice doesn’t cause a war between Hrald and Cerich

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Octavia is AMAZING!!!

This Author never disappoints! Her attention to detail and research is beyond excellence! These Characters become Family.. Please start at the beginning of the saga with ... The Circle of Ceridwen... and enjoy the ride. Nano Nagle does an awesome job creating the Characters in her Narration. Very well done!!!!!!!

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Fabulous

I love this series. I love Nanos Nagle. Waiting for the next story! Thanks Octavia!

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  • ms
  • 07-10-21

Feels unfinished with too many loose ends

I love the books this Author produces and her storytelling was just as good here but ut just felt like half a book with too many loose ends. Hopefully the next book (part 2?) will solve this and hopefully wecwont have to wait so long for the next one...

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  • Zack bailey
  • 04-02-21

Love Octavia!!!

Read the other books on Kindle....first audio book. Took a while to get into it being narrated but it was a great continuation of the story

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  • Jeanette Tunin
  • 01-29-21

More please

Octavia Randolph has woven beautiful words of history from a woman's point of view.
Nano Nagle's voice caresses it and brings it life in her soothing tones.
Totally satisfying.
Please don't stop now.