This fourth of The Maeve Chronicles returns our heroine – the Celtic Maeve raised on a lone island by witches, also known as Mary Magdalen and the mother of Jesus’ posthumous child Sarah – to her British roots where first she met and fell in love with the man destined for the god-death when he was also a student of the druids. Maeve returns in order to find a previous daughter, the product of incestuous rape, whom she was forced to give up in the first volume. This older daughter has become Queen Boudica of the Iceni tribe, leader of the ill-fated rebellion against the Roman invaders. There are now granddaughters, too, who command our heroine’s protection and affection. The crone Maeve knows Rome; she is in love with the new Roman governor although she must salvage the wisdom of the druids when he comes to destroy the sacred island of Mons.
Kirkus Reviews called previous books “gleefully iconoclastic,” and that is what I loved about them. There is less to be iconoclastic about in this concluding volume, but our author “as an interfaith minister and counselor” still manages to lay religious images side by side in thought-provoking ways.