In the year 410 the last Roman Governor of Britannia, Lucius, sailed away from the port of Londinium, never to return. Bishop Guithelin’s hopes of a smooth transition in authority to tribal chief Mandubracius leads only to disappointment. Guided by visions from God, Guithelin undertakes a hazardous journey to a neighbouring country to seek assistance from a noble and Christian ruler.
Abandoned is the starting point for an adventure that sets Briton nobles against each other and a foreign prince, whilst keeping one eye on raiders who spill onto the shores and over Hadrian’s Wall. Britannia’s abandonment by Rome presented opportunity for some and anguish and misery for others, as the island slowly adjusted to self-rule.
Through the chaos, heroes emerge, including half-Roman auxiliary commander, Marcus Pendragon, who organises the defence of his town from deadly raiders intent on murder and plunder. Guithelin does his best at diplomacy, never giving up hope of a stable and Godly leader to rule over the tribal chiefs and provide a protective shield for the fearful people of Britannia. But is the preening Prince Constantine the right man?
Marcus fights to protect his family from a range of opportunistic enemies, and by so doing establishes a legacy that will lead to his son, Uther, and grandson, Arthur, becoming kings of Britannia.
Abandoned is book one in a series – A LIGHT IN THE DARK AGES – and is followed by Ambrosius: Last of the Romans and Uther’s Destiny, the latter a winner of the One Stop Fiction Five Star Book Award.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Love the cover of this book. The novel is broken down into three sections, Guithelin, Marcus and Constantine, making it very easy to follow the characters in each of the massive events that set the course of history for Briton at the time that the Romans left our shores. After so many years of Roman rule and command, it was now utter chaos after they left, leaving us open to invasion from other countries. As there was little actual record of this period it leaves our history a little sketchy but the story that follows sounds pretty cool to me.
The is the first in a set of three novels, a family saga that follows the key players that lead to some of the let me dare say, ‘stars’ of history that everyone knows today, whether they are history buffs or not. This novel has the more personal touch, a passion in its characters, such as Marcus, one of my favourites, that brought the people together and definitely steered our course in history. OK the inevitable would happen further down the line but not for a few year yet. Marcus, being half Roman, had learnt the skills of fighting and more from the Romans while they ruled Britain. His knowledge and tactics were our saving grace against invasions at the time.
This book gives you a real feel of what life was like back then from King to servant. The battles and strategies that were used explained in detail that made it visual not overpowering with battles and blow-by-blow accounts without the gore. I also appreciated the map of Roman Britannia and how it was divided up, including the names of town and cities that was in front of the book. I am now looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Welcome to my profile page. I am an indie author based in Windsor in UK.
In March 2018 I launched my third historical novel, Uther’s Destiny. This is book three in A Light in the Dark Ages series, and follows:-
Book two – Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (2017)
Book one – Abandoned! (2015)
My first novel, Devil Gate Dawn, released in April 2016, is a thriller set in 2026 that predicts political chaos in a divided post-Brexit UK, and a dystopian Trump America.
Postcards from London, a book of short stories, was released in September 2017.
This follows my first book of short stories, Thames Valley Tales (2015).
In 2016 I published my first children’s book, The Adventures of Charly Holmes, co-authored with my daughter, Cathy