This book reflects events that took place in the 9th Century, a period of time when Britain experienced a great influx of Viking peoples as the Viking Age continued from the previous century. The story is told first person, through the eyes of Ceridwen--A young girl who, to avoid being married off, or having to "take the veil" leaves the Priory where she has been raised and goes off on her own to try and secure a position working for a noble family. A fateful meeting along the way will forever change the course of her life.
The writing is beautiful: The language, grammar and it's cadence lends itself to an authentic experience, as though you were truly reading Ceridwen's diary. The characters are richly developed and sympathetic -but it is Ceridwen's story, and so your knowledge of them is from her perspective. Nonetheless, it is one of those books which leaves you needing to know what happens to all of them. I have to say--I was not expecting to like this book, and it took 100 or so pages to grab me, but once it did--I was hooked. I'm currently reading the second novel in this series.