The breathtaking conclusion of the Star Dancer Quartet. It is Iron Age Britain - the Romans are invading. Tegen of the Winter Seas has been sent to strengthen Queen Boudica's army with magic. But there is neither love nor trust between the queen and her battle druid. Who will prove the stronger and will their enmity save or destroy Britain?
It is AD 61. The Roman domination of Britain is almost complete, but the druids believe that one of their number is the 'Star Dancer,' who will turn aside the evil that threatens the land. Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman governor of Britain, has slaughtered nearly all the druids on Mona (Anglesey). Amongst the few who escaped are seventeen year old Tegen, with Tonn, her husband. Tonn was ritually sacrificed to persuade the gods to send the Romans away, leaving Tegen alone, pregnant and angry. She has been proclaimed as the Star Dancer, but she is in no mood to help anyone. Her only wish is to flee to Eriu (Ireland) to bring up her baby in peace. But her destiny will not let her go. At the beginning of Stone Keeper, Tegen is ordered to stand by the side of Boudica, the rebel queen, as her battle druid. Reluctantly, Tegen obeys, but she and Boudica loathe each other on sight. The Iceni queen and her daughters have been cruelly abused by the Romans, leaving the queen bitter and paranoid. She now heartlessly destroys everyone and anything that has the slightest connection with Rome. Boudica's ruthlessness is equally matched by Suetonius's callousness as he subdues the British. Despising both sides, Tegen decides to usher in the Time of Stone - a spiritual winter which she believes will allow the land she loves to heal itself so spring can return. But Tegen's dark magic also unleashes the very evil she is meant to turn aside - the demon of vengeance and hatred.
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Tegen is impulsive and hot-tempered - dangerous in combination with magical powers. She is brave and thoughtful and has such a huge capacity for love that you just can't help but be drawn to her. I've thoroughly enjoyed this series - thebookbag.co.uk
About Beth Webb
Beth Webb is an avid reader of traditional folk stories and is fascinated by the links between landscape, history and myth. As a teacher of creative writing to children, teenagers and adults, Beth often used a reconstructed Iron Age village on the Somerset Levels (The 'Winter Seas' in Star Dancer, Book 1 of this series) and the nearby Wookey Hole Caves, to help young writers to find inspiration. As she worked, the character of Tegen began to grow within her imagination, taking shape and finding her own story. Months of solid historical research followed. Beth investigated as much as she could about the late Iron Age, what people ate, wore and how they lived, but also how they thought. She read every book she could find on historical druidry, and consulted present day druids. She has walked almost everywhere Tegen walked, exploring the River Severn, climbing Cadair Idris in the fog, visiting the Hill of Tara in County Meath, the coast of Anglesey (Mona) and even tracking down the site of Tegen's heartbreak near Alderly Edge. Beth Webb is an author, performance storyteller, broadcaster, journalist and creative writing tutor. She lives and writes on the edge of the Somerset Levels and has published books for young children (Junkyard Dragon), older children (The Dragons of Kilve and The Fleabag Stories). The Star Dancer Quartet, a major historical fantasy based in late Iron Age Britain was originally written for teenagers but the books quickly became appreciated by adults as well. The richness of this unusual and meticulously-researched series has captivated readers around the world, earning stunning reviews.
Stone Keeper by Beth Webb
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