Sixth-century Scotland—in the time of Arthur….
“The Gowrys’ seed shall divide your mighty house and bring a peace beyond the ken of your wicked soul.”
This book introduced me to a time period I am nearly completely ignorant about. Sixth century Scotland is a time of King Arthur (not necessarily a single person but an appointment) and battles between clans, cousins, Celts, Romans, and Christians. Interestingly, the Briton Christianity is different from Roman Christianity. British Christianity was allegedly Christ's true church, traveling from Joseph of Aramathea and the apostles. This is why Brenna, the protagonist, is so special. She is a combination of the sacred blood from those prominent Christians in Christ's time.
Brenna possesses gifts of the earth, often seen as witchcraft, yet she gives all praise to God from whence her gifts come. This is a difficulty to overcome, however, as Tarlach believes her to be from evil. Really, he doesn't. He simply wanted her mother who chose his cousin. Really ticked him off.
Interesting book. Linda Windsor is a gifted writer. The research for this book is extensive. I liked it but I struggled with it because of the historical portion that I didn't know very much about. Not a bad thing, however, I learned quite a bit and the story pulled me along very well.
3 and half stars.