The sweeping new novel from the bestselling author of Hiding from the Light and Whispers in the Sand switches between Roman Britain and the present day where history dramatically impacts on the lives of three women.
Two thousand years ago, as the Romans invade Britannia, the princess who will become the powerful queen of the great tribe of the Brigantes, watches the enemies of her people come ever closer. Cartimandua's world is, from the start, a maelstrom of love and conflict; revenge and retribution.
In the present day, Edinburgh-based historian, Viv Lloyd Rees, has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen. She has written a book and is working on a dramatisation of the young queen's life with the help of actress, Pat Hebden.
Cartimandua's life takes one unexpected turn after another as tragedy changes the course of her future. But the young queen has formiddable enemies – among them Venutios, her childhood sparring partner, and Mebb, a woman whose jealousy threatens not only her happiness but her life too.
Viv's Head of Department, Hugh Graham, hounds her as she struggles to hide her visions of Cartimandua and her conviction that they are real. Her obsession grows ever more persistent and threatening as she takes possession of an ancient brooch that carries a curse. Both Pat and Hugh are drawn into this dual existence of bitter rivalry and overwhelming love as past envelopes present and the trio find themselves facing the greatest danger of their lives.
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DAUGHTERS OF FIRE
‘Riveting timeslip novel’ Fanny Blake, Woman and Home
‘A fascinating spotlight on a dark age’ Bella
Praise for Barbara’s other novels
'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson.' Sunday Times
‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall.’
‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell.’ Frank Delaney
'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable.' The TimesAbout the Author:
A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007174268
Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007174268
Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007174268