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by Jules Watson

AD 81. Agricola, the ruthless governor of Roman Britain is intent on capturing the last unconquered territory in Britain - Alba, Scotland. Rhiann is an Alban priestess and princess who submitted to a political marriage to Eremon, an exiled Irish prince. Out of duty, grew love - a powerful and desperate love that will bind them together through conflict and betrayal. Now in them lies the hope of a nation. For Agricola's army is formidable - brilliantly armed and heavily supported. To the people of Alba it is a wall of steel and fire advancing across their homeland, bringing with it desolation. The predestined day draws near: the armies of Alba and Rome will meet in an epic battle to decide the fate of a country. Rhiann searches for guidance in the spirit world, little realizing how big a part she will play in this endgame. Eremon knows only that he must risk - and sacrifice - many lives, perhaps even his own.
Download The Dawn Stag (Dalriada, Book 2) epub
ISBN: 0752868705
ISBN13: 978-0752868707
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Jules Watson
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Pub Co (May 31, 2005)
Pages: 420 pages
ePUB size: 1339 kb
FB2 size: 1774 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 471
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After finishing the White Mare I was extremely eager to read its sequel, the Dawn Stag. But I had to wait a week because of slow shipping and that gave me some perspective on the book I wouldn't have otherwise had.

The Dawn Stag is a continuation of the Alban's fight for freedom against the encouraging Roman army. It's one heck of a book, complete with battle scenes, sex scenes and tragedy galore. Like its predecessor it's a bit of a soap opera-no one could have the drama that these people have in their lives. But it is engrossing and entertaining. I liked it a lot, but there some problems.

The author admits to changing history, culture and many things of the time period to suit her story. That's fine-but I couldn't tell what was fake and what was real. This could be called a mark of good writing, but in the long run it's confusing to the reader.

And, in its soap opera fashion, the drama between the characters gets a little tiresome. Weirdly its more tiresome when they aren't having person problems than when they are. Sometimes it takes away from the story to have so much drama in the "home" of the novel.

In the long run I enjoyed this immensely-though it did make me cry. I also emailed the author to get answers to my burning questions about the third book-which if you know something about Scottish/Roman relations you'll know the setting of. If you want that information I will email it to you-but putting it here would be a spoiler for this book.

Four stars-blurring the line of fantasy and historical fiction so completly doesn't help this book.
I honestly entered this book expecting to be disappointed after some of the reviews I read. In truth it picks up nicely where the previous book left off, reintroducing us to the characters amidst their every day struggles as they try to eliminate those struggles to face the onslaught of Agricola and the Roman Army. I have to say that one thing I did notice was that a lot of moments I wanted to feel triumphant in left me feeling only slightly elated, and I'm not quite sure why. There were at least three instances throughout this book that I found myself longing for a bit more flare and oomph. That is not to say that Jules Watson's writing and characterization aren't flawless in their execution. I still feel a great attachment to these characters, no more than ever, and at this point May 17 can't get here soon enough.
Phenominal book. Wonderful historic detail. So glad to have a second book with these beloved characters in the vivid world of Dalriada!
Love these books/ series.
Book came right away, and well packaged.
Book is in very good condition.

Very pleased
Jules Watson has again had me riveted to the lives of Rhiann and Eremon. The honesty and integrity of some characters and the downright evil maliciousness of others bring a good balance of humanity striving to action their beliefs. Priestess values surrounding birth, mothering and death soften the blows of tragic deaths and make it OK for life to continue. The book contains a lot of hidden philosophy and wisdom which, for me, resonate timelessly. I swallowed this book in gulps.
I love the archaic terms that pop up through out the reading. Besides that the author does a great job at painting a tirelessly bleak scenario for the main characters. I am about three quarters of the way through, but I cannot fathom what twist will pull these characters out of danger.
I find it very hard to find the types of books I like to read, so when I found Jules Watson, and a trilogy I was wrapped. The story flowed through each of the books to the conclusion with ease, and it was easy to follow. I did try to look up one of the words used throughout the books, a stor, but with no luck. It must be some term of endearment because of the context in which it sas used. The historical information behind the book was great.
Jules Watson is an amazing writer. She truly brought ancient Scotland alive. I have read all three novels in this trilogy and grieved when I finished the last one.