Druids by Barbara Galler-smithDruids by Barbara Galler-smith


byBarbara Galler-smithAs told byJosh Langston

Paperback | September 28, 2009

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For 500 years, Europe was ruled by people who believed acts of nature were omens of the gods, where nobility was earned and where honor was valued above life... These rulers considered themselves Druids: protectors of the Earth and wizards of nature.

The rise of the Roman Empire occurred as the world of the Celts disintegrated. Because they did not record their history, all stories were either lost or told from a Roman point of view. But suppose a Celt not only survived but actually recorded what happened? Who then becomes the barbarian, and whose civilization suffers invasion...?

Barbara Galler-Smith resides in Edmonton with John, her fabulously supportive husband, and three incredibly cute Yorkshire terriers. After a hiatus from everything but working for money and writing romance or pet care brochures, she returned to the quirky world of writing science fiction and fantasy.Josh Langston has been a writer all ...
Title:DruidsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.95 inPublished:September 28, 2009Publisher:Hades PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! The Celts were a diverse people who, at the height of their expansion, spread from Portugal to Asia Minor. They were loosely held together by a commonality of language, and more strongly bound by religion. The priests of that religion were the Druids; but Druids were also healers, teachers, poets and judges—much more than just priests. As the Romans burst the bounds of Italy during the First Century BCE and began their conquest of Europe, they found the Celts to be a tough enemy. The conflict of Rome with the Celts is the unifying thread of Druids, an exciting and engaging new novel by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, both prize-winning writers. Their careful research has provided a convincing background against which they present characters—some historical figures, some fictional—about whom the reader comes to care deeply. Central to the story is Rhonwen, a young woman who earns the right to be called a Druid. A healer, like her mother, she becomes entangled with the Roman general Sertorius. This contradiction of cultures, Celtic and Roman, provides a rich structure for a convincing plotline. A parallel character is Mallec, another young Druid who had been trained as a warrior in his youth. His story is told separately from that of Rhonwen, and it is the fact that he never meets her in this book that is the strongest hint that a sequel is to follow. It is through Mallec that Druid magic, first demonstrated by Rhonwen’s uncle, becomes more than metaphor. The best stories are those that focus on interesting characters, and such focus is a real strength of this novel. The book is peopled by Rhonwen and Mallec, of course; but also by Quintus Sertorius, the general; Rhonwen’s uncle Orlan, another Druid; Marcus Perpenna Vento, a historical figure from the same mould as Rasputin; and well-chosen and well-developed others who are both interesting and important to the story. In short, Druids is a novel well worth reading. While it can be read as a stand-alone story, it is sure to have the reader hoping for the sequel that is so strongly suggested by its ending.
Date published: 2010-01-05