Friday, 1 November 2019

After Whorl: Bran Reborn by Nancy Jardine + #Giveaway

After Whorl: Bran Reborn (Celtic Fervour series #2) by Nancy Jardine
First published by Crooked Cat Publishing in November 2013.

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AD 71 Northern Roman Britain
Ravaged at the Battle of Whorl, Brennus of Garrigill is irrevocably changed. He embraces a new identity as Bran, vowing to avert Roman domination of Brigantia. Though how, when he and Ineda – his healer’s granddaughter – are forced to labour for the Roman IX Legion? Trading with the usurpers provides opportunities for gathering information, but after they are attacked by a Roman patrol, Ineda cannot be found.

Distraught with her loss, can Bran find a new occupation?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…

After Whorl: Bran Reborn is the second novel in Nancy Jardine's Celtic Fervour quartet and it follows swiftly on from The Beltane Choice which I read and reviewed in September. I would recommend that the books be read in order because I think I got a lot more depth from After Whorl: Bran Reborn having already met various characters in the first book. That said, Jardine takes the brave step of setting this second book in different locations to the first and, although we continue to follow one main character, he finds himself in a very different place after the epic battle at Whorl.

Bran is the former warrior champion Brennus, now critically injured and disfigured. Jardine has a strong understanding of this man who cannot now continue his former life and must overcome the shock of his changed circumstances. This would be a challenge for anyone, but in such a critical time of invasion and war, I really Bran's journey towards finding a new sense of himself. The scenes felt emotionally genuine and I again have a great appreciation for Jardine's detailed historical research. Even seemingly insignificant details such as differing weaves of cloth add authenticity to the situations in which our characters find themselves.

Bran's recovery at the hands of healer Meaghan leads him to meet young Ineda, a teenager who develops somewhat of a crush on this damaged brooding hero. Ineda is a brilliant character who I found equally entertaining and exasperating! I think that Jardine has done an excellent job of depicting the Romano-British world in the Celtic Fervour series and I felt that After Whorl: Bran Reborn was an even more engaging novel than The Beltane Choice. I'm now looking forward to the third in this series, After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks.

Meet the author
Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

Author links: 
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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review today, your comments are so very much appreciated and I'm glad you're enjoying the series. Brilliant ocarina above - what a lovely find for me today. :-)

  2. Great review. I haven't read this but it sounds good.