Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Review: Queen of Oak: A Novel of Boudica (The Celtic Rebels Series #1) by Melanie Karsak @MelanieKarsak

Queen of Oak: A Novel of Boudica

The Celtic Rebels Series, #1

by Melanie Karsak

Published: October 12, 2021

Publisher: Clockpunk Press

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction


Fated to lead a rebellion against Rome.

Destined to become a legend.

From New York Times bestseller Melanie Karsak, author of the Celtic Blood series, comes a gripping historical fantasy series of ancient Britain, Celtic gods, a fated romance, and the warrior queen who defied Rome.

Britain, A.D. 42—Boudica, second daughter of a Celtic king, has little concern for tribal tensions and political intrigues. Called by the gods and the stirrings of her own wild heart, she listens instead to whispers of the oaks. But Boudica would be wiser to heed the warning cries of eagles.

Rumors abound that the Romans are amassing forces for another invasion. In an effort to consolidate power, Boudica’s father turns to Prasutagus, the formidable ruler of the Greater Iceni. To win Prasutagus’s aid, Boudica’s father must strike a bargain—a deal with implications beyond Boudica’s imagining.

Rejecting her family’s will and a prophecy decreeing she is destined to be the defender of her people, Boudica gives her heart to a stranger under the light of the Beltaine fires. But Boudica will soon discover she has a destiny to fulfill, even if it means giving up everything she loves.

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My Review:

Boudica is always fighting with her brothers and sisters about marrying for love. She is always trying to get them to follow their hearts and not do what is expected of them by their father, a Celtic king.

Boudica fights hard to follow her heart but she soon learns with rumors of an invasion on the horizon that she may have to give up everything to follow the calling of the Gods.

Queen of Oak has loads of action with all the battle scenes. It is filled with twist after twists that keep the pages turning. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough wondering and waiting for what was going to happen next. I loved all the characters. I loved the banter between Boudica and her siblings. Their banter alone was enough to keep me hanging on every word.

Queen of Oak was written so beautifully with such exquisite detail that I could see each and every scene as if I was standing right there with all the characters witnessing each one.

Queen of Oak is a great introduction to a brand new series. I can’t wait to read more about Boudica, her siblings, and the Celtic Rebels in future books from this world.

I would recommend Queen of Oak to anyone who loves historical fantasy! One-click your copy of Queen of Oak today for a great adventure into a new world!

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