Book Reviews of Circle of Stones (Druid Circle, Bk 1)

Circle of Stones (Druid Circle, Bk 1)
Circle of Stones - Druid Circle, Bk 1
Author: Anna Lee Waldo
ISBN-13: 9780312970611
ISBN-10: 0312970617
Publication Date: 3/15/2000
Pages: 498
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This is a wonderfully detailed historical story of the Irish and Welsh druids (Old Religionists) clash with the New Religionists and the Church (Christians)told from the point of view of Brenda, mistress to the Prince of North Wales (Gwenedd), and her family and other members of the court. I liked the story immensely.
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I read Waldo's "Sacajewea" several years ago and found it to be engrossing and well-researched. In that long novel, I learned of a possible connection of the Mandan Indians with Madoc, the legendary Welshman who purportedly sailed to America in the late 12th century and established a colony there. "Circle of Stones" is the first in a series of novels by Waldo telling the story of Madoc. This novel was obviously well-researched but I found it somewhat lacking in plot and I struggled sometimes with Waldo's stilted language in this one. The novel is actually about Brenda, Madoc's mother, who had an illicit affair with Owain, the 12th century Welsh prince. The book ends before Madoc makes his voyage to America so I was a little disappointed in that. However, I found most of the historical information about Wales, the Druids, King Henry II, and the wars among the heirs to the Welsh kingdom, to be very interesting. Overall, I would mildly recommend this. I have a copy of the next book in this series, "Circle of Stars", and hope it will be better.
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Wales, the 12th Century: As told by Brenda, a mistress of Owain, the Prince of Wales, the court of Gwynedd faces the threat of amalgamation by the English realm and the Christian religion. Afraid of a fateful prophecy about her newborn son, Brenda flees Owain and Wales for the safety of a druid camp in Ireland. Comforted by their spiritual beliefs and the handsome Sein, Brenda begins to adapt to druid ways and to study druid knowledge. But when Owain's men recapture her, she claims that her son Madoc has died and reluctantly returns to court. Disgusted with Owain's bloodlust and the rivalry among his mistresses and sons, Brenda dreams of the day she'll return to her son and the druid community. But Madoc is fostered to a local druid teacher, just as the danger of external invasion and internal betrayal threaten Owain's power. Brenda fears the disintegration of Gwynedd's stability and the loss of the druid values, and finds her fate closely bound to her old lover and her secret son.
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I've had this book for awhile and finally read it. I loved it,she really researched the book and brought the story to life. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the end of the book and found out the author was a local professor at Cal Poly University.
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An extraordinary historical saga, capturing the breathtaking castle intrigue of medieval Wales and the passions that drove men and women to explore new horizons.
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An epic tale of love, power, and destiny from the author of SACAJAWEA.
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a historical saga set in a castle in Wales.....
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Wales, the 12th Century: As told by Brenda, a mistress of Owain, the Prince of Wales, the court of Gwynedd faces the threat of amalgamation by the English realm and the Christian religion. Afraid of a fateful prophecy about her newborn son, Brenda flees Owain and Wales for the safety of a druid camp in Ireland. Comforted by their spiritual beliefs and the handsome Sein, Brenda begins to adapt to druid ways and to study druid knowledge. But when Owain's men recapture her, she claims that her son Madoc has died and reluctantly returns to court. Disgusted with Owain's bloodlust and the rivalry among his mistresses and sons, Brenda dreams of the day she'll return to her son and the druid community. But Madoc is fostered to a local druid teacher, just as the danger of external invasion and internal betrayal threaten Owain's power. Brenda fears the disintegration of Gwynedd's stability and the loss of the druid values, and finds her fate closely bound to her old lover and her secret son.