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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Warrior's Princess by Barbara Erskine

Warriors PrincessIn Barbara Erskine's latest novel the lives of a modern woman and the daughter of King Caractacus, dead for more than 2000 years, become entwined, connecting the past with the present.

Erskine's descriptions of everyday Roman life during the final years of the emperor Claudius's reign and the early years of the reign of Nero are well researched and contain details of homes, domestic duties, city life, friendships, brutality & political intrigue.

I have loved all Erskine’s previous novels, none more so than "Lady of Hay" and those with an interest in Roman and Celtic history will enjoy The Warrior Princess. Another suspenseful plotline with more than a touch of the supernatural.

I would have given this novel 5 stars but for the similarity in story line to all Barbara Erskine's books. As a stand alone novel, this is definitely a winner but when read after all Erskine's novels there is an element of 'sameness' which diminishes the surprise component.

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