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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 5:01 pm
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Druid’s Ruin

Druid’s Ruin is the story of a Roman occupation attempt upon the hills, glens and islands of the northern barbarian wilderness: Caledonia.

Led by Governor Flavius of Gaul, the invasion is murderously swift.

The book’s main character is would-be local hero Ghus, a schoolteacher and an elder in Kelton glen community. Returning from a midwinter pilgrimage to the ancient Druid’s Ruin with a group of schoolchildren, he finds his community in flames and his family murdered. Devastated, Ghus sets his sights on revenge against Governor Flavius.

As Ghus embarks upon a brutal campaign of rebellion, his fight for vengeance is set against the struggle of a decimated community trying to rebuild and adjust to the modern world. An ensemble cast brings Kelton glen community to life: Cahl the Giant, a former hunter turned national hero, and Lil, his coolly brutal assassin; new community chief Mharna and young schoolmaster Drew all give a vivid sense of the precarious situation of small nations during the Roman age.

For Ghus ‘the Druid’, the true war is a battle of wits between himself and Governor Flavius who he personally blames for the death of his wife and three children. But that is not his only battle, as his grief and despair lead to a growing dependency on numbing cage flower botanic.

The depth of detail and inspired historical research brings a distant time to life. The author has undertaken a vast amount of research into life in Iron Age Caledonia.

The book takes the reader on a bloody journey from rural glens, through cramped cities and finally to the Roman prison in Gaul, where Ghus and his fellow rebels must overcome the Governor’s brutality to triumph.

Druid’s Ruin has already earned praise from internationally renowned Roman expert Professor David Breeze, of Edinburgh University.

He said: “Druid’s Ruin weaves a powerful and exciting story around an attempt by the Romans to conquer Caledonia which is both ancient and modern. The reaction of people to attacks upon their liberty, the brutality of warfare, corruption in high places are all concepts which we see today and yesterday.

“Druid’s Ruin weaves a powerful and exciting story around an attempt by the Romans to conquer Caledonia which is both ancient and modern. The reaction of people to attacks upon their liberty, the brutality of warfare, corruption in high places are all concepts which we see today and yesterday.

“With Druid’s Ruin, Dean Scott offers not an alternative history but a potential one – which is possible.”

Find out more about the author and buy ‘Druid’s Ruin’ on Amazon. ‘

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