Ireland, 279 BC. A nation at war. For two boys, it will be gruelling. For Ireland . . . it will be bloody.
When the first raiding skirmishes of a foreign army are crushed and Ireland mourns her dead, one king knows their newfound peace is destined to fail. As Overking of Ailigh, Keeper of the North, he calls for the boys of his Celtic tribes to train as formidable warriors under his command.
For Áed, it begins as a fantastical quest. For Rónán, it helps him escape a cruel chieftain. Together, they must train and grow in strength and might. And when the invading army returns, a nation goes to war, united under one banner.
Meanwhile, Áed's sister begins her training as a druid, learning the spiritual ways of the earth. And when the goddess Cáer speaks to her in her dreams, she knows that Ireland's future hangs in the balance.
With Áed skilled in close combat, and Rónán blessed with an archer's eye, they fight side by side, champions of the Celts. But death is close. And the tides of war are forever in flux.
The Irish Celts know one thing: if the warmongering foreigners aren't defeated, not even the druids can change the course of destiny.
Two years ago, they ended an invasion. Now, they must prevent an uprising.
When peace is shattered by a southern king, the northern Ó Mordha tribesmen must once again join the fight.
As the freed invaders amass at the seat of the High King, they are intent on extending their reign to the northern tribelands to rule all of Ireland.
The Ó Mordha king, Keeper of the North, whose grief for his dead companion is still too raw, must set aside his mourning and strike out to stop the ruthless invaders in their tracks.
The omens are bad. A new war approaches.
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