Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Warrior's Princess, The
Barbara Erskine
ISBN: 9780007174287 (0007174284)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mehefin 2008
Cyhoeddwr: HarperCollins, Llundain
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 240x160 mm, 552 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Ar gael Ein Pris: £18.99 
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Mae Jess, athrawes ifanc yn Llundain, yn dioddef ymosodiad gan rywun sy'n ei hadnabod yn dda. Mae'n dianc i dŷ ei chwaer ar y Gororau, ond fe'i haflonyddir gan lefain plentyn. Defnyddia'r awdur gyfuniad o'r gorffennol a'r presennol i greu nofel sy'n ymwneud â hanes y Rhufeiniaid a'r Celtiaid, a stori am nwyd a dirgelwch.

Jess, a young teacher in London, is attacked by someone she fears knows her well. Fleeing to her sister's house in the Welsh borders to recuperate, she is disturbed by the cries of a mysterious child. The author's ability to weave together the past and the present, shedding light on a real but little–known figure, makes this a novel of Roman and Celtic history, passion and intrigue.
As ever, Barbara Erskine creates a split narrative between past and present, this time between Jess, a modern-day teacher, and Eigon, the eldest daughter of Caratacus. Jess is drugged and raped after a school disco. She knows sheís been attacked but initially canít remember what happened and so canít know who she can trust. Traumatised, she escapes to her sisterís house in Wales, which is haunted by the strange cries of a child: ĎWill you play with me?í

Jessís trauma enables her to link psychically to Eigon, and see Eigonís story replaying in her head, as the Celtic girl is herself raped by Roman soldiers and taken to Rome. Eigon sees Rome burn in the great fire and joins with the early Christians after she meets Peter, and so has to escape their persecution, but she suffers her own persecution as she is relentlessly pursued by the soldier who raped her, Titus. In the same way, in modern Britain, Jess and her friends are constantly trying to escape the man who attacked her (who is clear fairly early in the book, but who I wonít name here not to spoil the early chapters) who is driven insane by his visions of Titus. Finally, past and present are drawn together in a thrilling climax and we discover the fate of the crying child.

Barbara Erskine is a great story-teller. Her reconstruction of the Rome of Nero and the early Christians is particularly convincing and memorable. I found the beginning of the novel, where Jess has no idea what happens to her, one of Erskineís best. While I would still direct people who have not read Erskine before to Lady of Hay first, I am sure fans of her books will be fascinated by this one too.

Janet Thomas

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