by Stephen R. Lawhead
Category: Fiction / Historical
464 pages; ISBN: 0060012811
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
In the year 400 AD Succat is having a fine time in the poor country of Wales because his father is a highborn noble. He and his friends are interested in wine, women and song until the raiders from Eire attack and take him back to their country as a slave. Now something more important to Succat other than women and wine is freedom. Three times he tries to escape with his last attempt he almost killing him, but thanks to the healing powers of the Druids he lives.
The Druids take him into their home and when his master dies. Succat finally manages to escape, leaving the woman he loves behind. When he returns to his homeland, the place is deserted as the Roman legions have gone. With no home to stay in Succat returns to the road once more but through all his travels he comes to realize his true place is in Eire and that he has an important mission to accomplish there.
Readers will recognize that the protagonist plays a vital role in the history of Ireland for he known to today as Patrick, a visionary of his time and Ireland’s first saint. Stephen R. Lawhead is a grand storyteller and he is at is finest in this work. Readers will become immersed in this novel to the exclusion of everything else so give everyone a hug and set aside time to immerse one’s self in a vividly enticing biographical historical fiction.
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