The Cymry Ring
Ian Carreg is a rumpled, fiftyish British police detective, recently widowed, content to end his career soon and care for his family. His world turns upside down when he’s asked to apprehend Jemma Henderson, an American woman convicted of murder. Suddenly, after a loud explosion, he finds himself following her into 3rd-century Britain. Convinced that it is an elaborate charade, he decides to get to the bottom of things by investigating her and his incredible situation.
Dymmoch has a real talent for filling a strange setting with convincing characters, and the world she paints remains vivid in our minds long after the book is finished. The story is compelling and well balanced between the characters’ adventures and day-to-day life. You will care for the people and want to know about their fate, especially that of the displaced pair and their complex relationship. Readers with a penchant for science fiction will be disappointed because the time machine mentioned serves mainly as an excuse to send contemporary people back in time. On the other hand, those who crave a glimpse at how the early Brits lived will purr in pleasure throughout this well-written book.