Ilka Tampke's Daughter of Albion transports the reader to the village of Caer Cad in southwest Britain, 43 AD, where a swaddled baby is found, mysteriously motherless. She is named Ailia and although she is a remarkable girl - intelligent, curious and brave - she will be forbidden to marry, left out of tribal ceremonies, and barred from any sort of learning.
Ailia is raised by Cookmother in the kitchen of the ruling family and as a young woman she serves the Tribesqueen of her township, until the day when an encounter with a magical fish (who also appears to her as a beautiful and enigmatic man named Taliesen) leads Ailia to the Mothers, the tribal ancestors who have chosen her to become their highest knowledge-bearer. Ailia's growing awareness of her future role as the tribal protector and her relationships with the two very different men she loves will be utterly tested by the imminent threat of Emperor Claudius preparing to take the island.
With an incredibly compelling heroine, Daughter of Albion is a suspenseful and richly rewarding novel about women, about power, about love, and about the clash of cultures and the tenacity of belief.
ILKA TAMPKE's short stories and articles have been published in several anthologies, and in 2012 she was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship. She lives near Melbourne with her family and is at work on a sequel to DAUGHTER OF ALBION.
This book kept looking at me on the list so I decided to get it so it would leave me alone. And what I found was a take it or leave it. The pacing of this story was pretty fast and it didn't take long to get through the book. There are no stagnate places at all something is always happening. The issue I had was with the book was the story itself I wish it would have given us more back story to the culture of the people as well as a whole story. This one really felt like a set up for a book two instead of a stand alone. The story was full of great characters and magic. But it just needed more story geared toward this book.
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