I enjoyed the first one more. The first 3/4 of this book goes into more details of Madoc's life that were glossed over in the first book, but it was still quite redundant.
historical,fictional,medieval,native american saga It took me a while to read but was worth it. complexed me at first...but now i consider it a fascinating book ..rated 9 by me
This story takes place in the 1100s. It is about druids from Wales finding America before anyone else. Quite an interesting read - about their adventures.
As a follow-up to Circle of Stones, I was somewhat disappointed. In fact, I had anticipated this book more than the first, and if I didn't have a hang-up about not reading things out of order, I'd have read it first.
Waldo classically does well with research and combines research with storytelling with skill. However, in this one I was disappointed because I felt too much time was spent with Madoc still in Ireland and Wales, Madoc building his ships, Madoc sailing, and Madoc with his men. So incredibly little is known about this part of history (just enough to confirm it happened), that I feel a lot more story could have been allowed for.
The book ended like a chapter in the middle of the story. Again, so little was known, it seems some sort of ending would have been better than Madoc leaving the American shores without giving in to himself, some knowledge/story of what the men did, etc.
I suppose I was expecting more interaction between the men, natives, and the land.
An epic novel which begins in 1151 A.D. It tells the story of an expedition to America before the time of Columbus by druids.
1151 A.D. In the aftermath of a terrible storm, an old Calusa woman hears the pitiful cries of a wild animal. Searching for the beast, she finds a child instead-a baby girl hidden beneath the rubble. It is clear to the woman that this child is a gift from the Spirits, so she names the baby Cougar and accepts her as her own.
Across the sea on an island called Eire, far away from the Calusa village of Sandpoint, another child is found abandoned in the mossy banks of a stream. Though dearly loved by the family that discovers him, the boy is sent away in his seventh year to live with the Taliesin druids. Upon his arrival, it is revealed to the young boy that he is Madoc, the prophesied savior of the druids, and the son of Owain, Prince of Gwynedd, and Brenda, his favored mistress. For fear of persecution, Madoc must protect his true identity while learning the ways of the ancient druids.
As the new Christians battle the ancient druids for control of Wales, Madoc must fulfill his destiny, and embark on a dangerous voyage to the land that will later be known as America. In this new world he meets his match in the beautiful, gifted young woman called Cougar.
Mixing storytelling and history with consummate skill, Anna Lee Waldo links the legends of a blue-eyed, fair-haired Native American tribe to the heroic twelfth-century Welshman, Madoc.