The Boar Stone
This is the third book in Jules Watson’s Dalriada trilogy. AD 366: Britain is ruled by the Romans. Minna, a Roman serving girl, runs away from her home on a villa estate near Eboracum (York) to avoid marriage to a man she doesn’t love. She meets Cian, an acrobat, and together they set out to find Minna’s brother, who has enlisted in the Roman army, and been posted to Hadrian’s Wall. But things go wrong, and the two are enslaved and sold to the household of the king and queen of Dalriada. There, Minna is set to tutor the king’s children and Cian is sent to the stables. They plan to escape, but when Minna meets Dalriadan King, Cahir, everything changes.
This is the story of what the Romans called the Great Barbarian Conspiracy but told from the Dalriadan view. Watson gives her main characters great motivations for their actions, which makes for a strong story. She is less assured when handling other cultures such as the Saxons, and in particular the uniformly nasty Romans. However, the writing is smooth and pleasing. If you like your Celtic historical romance well written and constantly interesting, this book is for you.