After Rome

A Novel of Celtic Britain

Morgan Llywelyn

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After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned—left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land.

Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 
Dark.
The moon is dark; the stars are smothered by clouds. Autumn is upon us now. This morning the rain rushed down the hills like silver snakes, yet nothing is moving tonight. Even the mice and moles cower in their burrows. The earth holds her breath as if waiting for disaster, but the disaster has already happened.
Civilization has collapsed.
Lucius Plautius, who studied with the Athenians, would say I am suffering from depression. He could be right.
Dinas, who laughs at everything, would say there is no such thing as depression.

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“[Llywelyn's] characters spring instantly to life and the reader remains captivated from first page to last.”  —Jean M. Auel, author of The Shelters of Stone

“Morgan Llywelyn writes about ancient Ireland as if she just had breakfast there.”
—Parke Godwin, author of Beloved Exile

“One of the finest historical novels of the decade.”
New Hampshire Sunday News on Druids

“Ms. Llywelyn masterfully brings both sides of the Celtic coin to life.”
The Baltimore Sun on Red Branch


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Morgan Llywelyn

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Llywelyn is the winner 1983 RT Times Award for Historical Novel of the Year (The Horse Goddess). She lives near Dublin, Ireland.

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After Rome
A Novel of Celtic Britain
Morgan Llywelyn

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
February 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429987400
ISBN10: 1429987405
320 pages
$9.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
February 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765331236
ISBN10: 0765331233
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$24.99

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Forge Books
January 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765375193
ISBN10: 0765375192
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages, One black-and-white map; Glossary; Selected Bibliography
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