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Pan Macmillan Australia
Bridei Chronicles, Book 1
When the child Bridei is sent by his parents to live with the druid Broichan, he knows only that he has left his home and family to learn to be a warrior and scholar, strategist and sage. He is not aware that in the divided and wartorn kingdom of Fortriu a secret council of elders, including Broichan, has long been making plans for the future of their homeland: with Bridei himself central to their strategy. As the only child in BroichanÆs remote household, Bridei learns early to deal with fear and loneliness. So when he awakes one freezing midwinterÆs night to find a baby on the doorstep, he thanks the gods for their precious gift of a companion and takes her in û and with her arrival BroichanÆs master plan gains a dangerously unpredictable new element.
As the foundling Tuala grows from fey child to beguiling young woman, and Bridei moves ever closer to his grand destiny, Broichan anticipates a perilous complication to his long-laid plans. As well, powerful forces both close to home and in other lands are ranged against the secret council, enemies who will employ whatever means they can to stop the druid from bringing his plan to fruition, even if they must endanger BrideiÆs life.
A powerful novel of duty, destiny and desire from the acclaimed author of the Sevenwaters Trilogy plus Wolfskin and Foxmask.