Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself…
Wildcat takes place in a fantasy land inspired by Iron Age Britain and follows Rhianwyn’s story as she encounters a civilisation unlike any she could imagine, and is constantly forced to learn and adapt through trial after deadly trial.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now this is a long, long, book, a fantasy story that follows the life of Rhianwyn of the Caderyn, a warrior in her own right. She is one tough lady that like all the other women in her tribe battle alongside the men in her homeland, to protect their property and families. These are violent times set in Iron age Britain with graphic and violent fighting scenes with axes and swords, very bloody and gory. There are also explicit sexual scenes which take place. If any of these offend this book will not be for you.
There are protocols to be followed and traditions to be respected, once a woman is with child she can no longer go into battle and although Rhianwyn is pretty certain that she is pregnant she still fights alongside her husband and she keeps it secret. What they don’t expect is to come across the Gaians who just seem to sweep across the country with ease in every battle. Their defences are so well advanced, making their lines just about impossible to penetrate, with their own men and women falling like flies while their enemy have few fatalities. Rhianwyn witnesses violent deaths of her friends and family before becoming property of the invaders. Life is to become very different for her, her unborn child and her sister.
The love of history from this author is very evident on every page with great detail about the lives of the different tribes. The battles and strategies are talked about in great detail and in length. It was fascinating to read but a slow burn with bursts of action. The comparisons between the life styles of the different tribes were vast. Rhianwyn is an intelligent woman that makes wise decisions. I really took to both men in her life.
The second half of the book surrounds the changes that the two sisters face in marriages that they really don’t have a choice in, a duty they chose not because of love. This part of the book has tension, that feels like something is going to explode with disastrous consequences at any time. This is the first book in the Caledon Saga and it is all going to continue soon.
Thanks to the author for a copy of this story which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JP Harker is the pen-name of James Thomas, an obsessive martial artist and history fanatic. A proud Welshman with just enough Saxon in him to make things interesting, James hails from glamorous Glamorgan, Old South Wales.