In this richly detailed historical novel, the Pictish tribes of Scotland unite under the indomitable spirit of one man to stand firm in the face of Roman aggression. More
In the ancient mists of time, a ragged band of refugees takes to the icy sea to escape the war-torn Scythian plains of Indo-Europe. Although the Cruithne, named for their chief, find a new home in a distant and unfamiliar land, fewer than two hundred survive the perilous journey. In the solitude of the northern Scottish highlands, they build an isolated civilization on the ideals of freedom and peace. For thousands of years, they conceal their existence from a predatory world.
But now an insatiable thirst for conquest has brought the Romans to the shores of Britannia. After easily subduing the southern barbarian tribes, the Romans are astonished by the stuborn resistance of the Cruithne, whom they call the "Picts." Although the Picts have always been a loose affiliation of tribes, the extraordinary threat to their very survival now inspires them to unite under the leadership of one indomitable man: Calach.
Can Calach guide the new Pictish nation to victory over the inexorable Roman advance, or will the Empire that has swallowed so many before them determine the Pict history?
on April 4, 2013 :
interesting book. the initial scene looking over the valley is brought back with the end of the book. lots of good use of celtic beliefs and mythology. i enjoyed to book.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Feb. 11, 2011 :
This beautifully written book tells the story of the warrior Calach, first among equals, who led the wily and indomitable Picts against the invading Roman Legions.
His nobility of spirit and deep love for his warrior wife add depth to gripping descriptions of the guerrilla raids and battles waged by the Picts in their efforts to keep their people free.
I enjoyed this inspiring account of a little-known time in history, riveting for all historical fiction readers, and certainly a must-read for all Scots!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
on Jan. 14, 2011 :
A really good read. The author's writing style rises at times to the level of elegance. He has obviously put a great deal if preparation into this work; it held my attention at every moment. My only complaint is that it might have been longer. The first half of the story might be greatly expanded into either a separate novel, or a 2 volume yarn. I want to see more from this writer.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 8, 2011 :
The Pict captured my interest from the first because of my interest in this period; I wish there were more novels set in early British history. The first few chapters are engaging and the character of Calach is drawn quickly and with intensity. The author is clearly engrossed in this time period and admires the Pictish tribes and their contributions to British culture. I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it heartily, especially to young people who are curious about the Roman clash with early Britons.