A Celtic warrior princess is torn between her forbidden love for the enemy and duty to her people.
AWARD-WINNING APOLLO’S RAVEN sweeps you into an epic Celtic tale of forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. In 24 AD British kings hand-picked by Rome to rule are fighting each other for power. King Amren’s former queen, a powerful Druid, has cast a curse that Blood Wolf and the Raven will rise and destroy him. The king’s daughter, Catrin, learns to her dismay that she is the Raven and her banished half-brother is Blood Wolf. Trained as a warrior, Catrin must find a way to break the curse, but she is torn between her forbidden love for her father’s enemy, Marcellus, and loyalty to her people. She must summon the magic of the Ancient Druids to alter the dark prophecy that threatens the fates of everyone in her kingdom.
Will Catrin overcome and eradicate the ancient curse? Will she be able to embrace her forbidden love for Marcellus? Will she cease the war between Blood Wolf and King Amren and save her kingdom?
Sex, Violence, Sacrificial Rituals
Narrated by Kristin James
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Quest: Amphitheater of the Three Gauls
My daughter and I travelled to France, known as Gaul in Ancient Rome, to discover the historical sites where Catrin, Celtic warrior princess, journeys in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. My daughter was surprised to learn I was doing research for my novel—not a vacation. At a hotel in Lyon, I asked the French concierge, overemphasizing my words, “Where’s the amph…fitheater?”
The concierge gave me a puzzled expression. Exasperated, my daughter asked, “What are you trying to say?”
The amphitheater where the gladiators fought … an arena,” I clarified.
“You mean coliseum?" my daughter confirmed.
The concierge’s face lit up. “Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules,” he said, then whipped out a map, marked the route, and circled the spot. Luck smiled on me. Sonja was a skilled map reader and we visited the site.
Quest: Stirling Castle
My husband and I visited Scotland in 2010 on a quest to visit Sterling Castle. At the train station, I thought I heard someone say Sterling Castle is in Dunblane Scotland. Interesting. Why would it not be in Sterling? Though my husband questioned me about the destination, I insisted the castle was in Dunblane and bought train tickets to go there. When we deboarded the train and walked into the small town, I excitedly asked a townsman, “Where is Stirling Castle?”
He gave a wry smile. “It’s in Stirling.”
Duh! We decided to make the best of our journey and visited Dunblane Cathedral before returning to Sterling to visit the castle and the National Wallace Memorial.
My biggest delight is tending my flower garden of more than fifty roses—must to the chagrin of my husband who has to get on his knees to install a drip system for each plant. I remember the names of my roses but often mix up the names of my husband and children. I moved last summer and grieved not having my roses at my new house. This spring, I am on a quest to plant another rose garden.
Quest: Granddaughter in Paris
In 2017, we took our seventeen-year-old granddaughter on a quest to Paris where we visited the Louvre Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral before it burned down in 2019. It was a memorable trip as my husband washed his passport in the washing machine, and he had to go to the US Embassy to get another. The following is a photo of my granddaughter who appears to be touching the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum with her fingertips.
Haunting at Morey Mansion
During business trips to Redlands, CA in the mid-1990’s, I used to stay overnight at a bed and breakfast known as the Morey Mansion, a Victorian house built in 1890. During one of my stays, the housekeeper told me that some patrons had reported unusual activity in the guest bedroom known as the blue room. Out of curiosity, I stayed in the blue room on my last visit there. That night, the sky lit up with flashes of lightning. When I suddenly awoke, I saw a small boy looking at me. I closed my eyes and opened them again to find nothing. It could have been my vivid imagination, but I was so unnerved by the experience that I never stayed there again. Later, I learned that a 2009 episode of The Othersiders visited Morey Mansion and reported it as haunted.
Award-winning author, Linnea Tanner, weaves Celtic tales of love, magical adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia. Since childhood, she has passionately read about ancient civilizations and mythology. Of particular interest are the enigmatic Celts, who were reputed as fierce warriors and mystical Druids.
Linnea has extensively researched ancient and medieval history, mythology, and archaeology and has traveled to sites described within each of her books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Books released in her series include Apollo’s Raven (Book 1), Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2), and Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3). Skull’s Vengeance (Book 4 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) is anticipated to be released in late October 2022.
A Colorado native, Linnea attended the University of Colorado and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and has two children and six grandchildren.
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