Dark Age Voices is stepping even further back in time today as I welcome historical fiction author, Nancy Jardine who is here to tell us about her fabulous new release, Agricola’s Bane…
Hello Anna, thank you for the invitation to visit your blog!
It’s an exciting week for me, and I’m absolutely delighted that I have something brand new to share with your readers. Agricola’s Bane, the 4th book in my highly acclaimed Celtic Fervour Series, was published on the 15th November 2018 with Ocelot Press.
The series is set some centuries earlier than some of your own work, since my focus has been on writing about late-first-century northern Roman Britain. The first two books of the series are mainly located in Brigante territory which is now roughly present-day Yorkshire and Cumbria. By Book 3, the action moves into ‘Scotland’ and Agricola’s Bane (Book 4) is set in present-day Aberdeenshire and Moray.
I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the Ancient Romans came to Scotland, yet didn’t settle here in the way they did in other parts of Europe. More recently, I’ve been even more engrossed in what made General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola march his legions almost to Inverness only to retreat from northern Scotland within a year or so, some evidence for this having been excavated at Inchtuthil Roman Fortress (Perthshire).
The archaeology of Ancient Roman finds in Scotland is an absorbing subject, organic (in the broadest sense) and often enlightening, but without having delved into it, I would not have had enough information to write Agricola’s Bane, because actual written sources are almost non-existent.
Book 4 continues the tales of my Celtic Garrigill warrior clan – this time featuring Enya, one of the younger Garrigill clan members. The date at the outset of Agricola’s Bane is mid-November AD 84 and the location is Caledon territory. The Late Iron Age tribal warriors, who have survived a very recent battle against the Ancient Roman armies, take refuge in the hills (Cairngorm Mountains). General Agricola continues to march north-west, towards Vacomagi Territory (Moray Firth) in his quest to claim even more terrain for the Roman Empire, yet discovers he is thwarted by more than local warriors who continue to be very adept at guerrilla warfare. Going anywhere near the Roman legions means risking a stabbing death under a Roman gladius but Enya of Garrigill, and her companions, must also evade the traitorous Vacomagi who have signed up for Roman coin!
Here is a little bit more from the blurb….
AD 84 Northern Roman Britain
Nith of Tarras aids Enya of Garrigill in the search for her kin, missing after the disastrous battle at Beinn na Ciche fought between the Caledon warriors and the mighty Legions of Rome. Enya soon has a heartrending choice to make – should she tread Vacomagi territory that’s swarming with Roman auxiliaries to find her brother? Or, should she head south in search of her cousin who has most likely been taken captive by the soldiers of Agricola?
General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola – Commander of the Britannic Legions and Governor of Britannia – is determined to claim more barbarian territory for the Roman Empire, indeed plans to invade the whole island, but finds not all decisions are his to make. It increasingly seems that the goddess, Fortuna, does not favour him.
The adventures of the Garrigill clan continue…
To Buy: http://mybook.to/ABsherenow
Both ebook and paperback are now available to buy on Amazon. There will be a local (to me) paperback launch on the 22nd November 2018 at the Garioch Heritage Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. At this event, I’ll be giving a PowerPoint presentation on Roman Aberdeenshire before the Book Signing session. All welcome.
Nancy Jardine writes contemporary mysteries; historical fiction and time-travel historical adventure. Her current historical focus is Roman Scotland, an engrossing pre-history era because her research depends highly on keeping abreast of recent archaeological findings.
A member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Scottish Association of Writers, the Federation of Writers Scotland and the Historical Novel Society, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.
She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with her husband but life is never quiet or boring since her young grandchildren are her next-door neighbours. She regularly child minds them, those days being cherished and laughter filled.
You can find her at these places:
Amazon Author page http://viewauthor.at/mybooksandnewspagehere