Saxon against Viking. Christian against heathen.
The clash of sword and spear in war-torn 9th century England. Young men and women risking all to live – and to love.

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The Circle of Ceridwen Saga

The First Book of the Circle Saga Ceridwen

Young women with courage. Swords with names. Vikings with tattoos. Warfare. Passion. Survival. Sheep. And Other Good Things…

It is the year 871, when England was Angle-Land. Of seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, five have fallen to the invading Vikings. No trait is more valued than loyalty, and no possession more precious than one’s steel. Across this war-torn landscape travels fifteen year old Ceridwen, now thrust into the lives of the conquerors.

Lost in the frozen woods, Ceridwen is discovered by the warriors accompanying young Ælfwyn, daughter of a Saxon lord, sold against her will in marriage as part of a peace treaty with a marauding Viking war chief. Their destination is the captured fortress of Four Stones, a ruin holding glittering treasure. There Ælfwyn must keep her vow and wed Yrling – and Ceridwen must do all she can to support her new friend in the rebuilding of the ravaged village and great hall.

But living with the enemy affords Ceridwen unusual freedoms – and unlooked-for conflicts. Amongst them she explores again her own heathen past, and learns to judge each man on his own merits. Yrling’s nephews Sidroc and Toki, both formidable warriors yet as different as night and day, compete to win Ceridwen for their own.

Through both guile and goodness Ceridwen and Ælfwyn begin transforming the world of Four Stones. But the threat of full-scale war escalates, and a midnight party of furtive Danes delivers someone to Four Stones who destroys the girls’ hopes of peace and contentment. Now Ceridwen must summon all her courage – a courage which will be sorely tested as she defies both Saxon and Dane and undertakes an extraordinary adventure to save a man she has never met.

The first book of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, the historical adventure saga enjoyed by thousands of readers in over 125 nations.

Meticulously researched and thrillingly brought to life

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Sidroc the Dane: A Circle of Ceridwen Saga Story
The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Ceridwen of Kilton: Book Two of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
The Claiming: Book Three of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
The Hall of Tyr: Book Four of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Tindr: Book Five of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Silver Hammer, Golden Cross: Book Six of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Wildswept: Book Seven of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
For Me Fate Wove This: Book Eight of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Two Dragons: Book Nine of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
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  • Kelly October 12, 2021, 10:36 am

    Please tell me that Book 9 is on the way! I need to know what happens next, I’m so invested in these characters!

  • Liv Rosin September 7, 2021, 3:11 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever sobbed as much over a character as I did over the plot twist in book 8. Your ability to make your characters so complex and real, as well as your vivid descriptions of scenes ensure any reader’s ability to empathize with characters and their choices—and fates. I covet every reader just beginning your unforgettable series—and you are a major reason historical fiction is the best literary genre!

  • Gloria Gray May 23, 2021, 2:07 pm

    I have now read many Dane/Nordic period books my many authors.
    I have to say Octavia that yours are my favourites and have read your series many times. They are well crafted and well researched. The characters are depicted with much accuracy so much so that they really come to life, not unlike Jane Austen characters.
    I have now changed this entry in the hope that it will be submitted. I did appreciate the answer when I tried to submit a query on shield maidens.
    I really am enthralled by these books.

  • Tracy Miller March 28, 2021, 4:53 am

    I just finished book 7 and my heart is so full. These books are wonderful in their storytelling and language, and the history is breathtakingly good. I am truly hoping that you will continue the saga, as these characters have become my friends. I eagerly await news of an 8th book! Thank you for sharing them with us, and for using your creative gift. What an absolute pleasure it is to read your stories. Cheers!

  • Nancy Pinti December 11, 2020, 1:24 am

    Read the series, just finished Wildswept, hope your working on another book, what will happen to Ashild and Cerwic? Aelfwyn and Raedwuef and more of Ceridwen and Sidroc. Loved the books!

  • Jennifer Gilbert September 3, 2020, 3:16 pm

    I am enthralled with this series. I have read every book and enjoyed each more than the last. I can’t wait for the next book to be released. There is a next, isn’t there? I don’t re-read books, but I will for sure re-read each of the books in this series.

  • Suellen Royer May 14, 2019, 6:09 pm

    Looking for a great book to read here it is. I read book 2, great story line. The Cirlce of Ceriowen has strong characters with adventure and great romance. Really enjoy the book.

  • Sandra November 27, 2018, 9:46 pm

    Enjoyed this saga. Look forward to reading more.

  • Allison November 15, 2018, 3:46 pm

    Just finished book 6, will there be a book 7? I feel like I’m in limbo

  • Jerri October 8, 2018, 9:55 pm

    Loved the first two books couldn’t put them down. Can’t wait to start the next book. Thought this would be a great series to read over the winter!! At this rate I’ll be done before winter even gets here.

  • Jennifer Mcleod July 31, 2018, 1:04 pm

    Gasp! Where’s book 7???? Sidroc HAS to get back to Ceridwen!

  • Pierrette June 5, 2018, 8:49 am

    I am trying to find this saga in French… is the translation available?

    • Octavia Randolph June 8, 2018, 10:30 am

      Pas encore, Pierrette, je suis désolé! I have had many kind requests for a French translation, for both Canadian and French readers. It is a big undertaking, There are now Seven Saga novels, so that is a large number. Finding good translators who can take on such an immense job in these languages, while keeping to the rhythm and cadence of the original, giving it the archaic flavour which makes it the Saga, would be hard to do. (And the cost.) But I know you and many wonderful French readers are out there, wanting it! If you know of a good & experienced translator, please tell me; that would help.

  • Peggy June 2, 2018, 2:18 pm

    I loved the series! I enjoy the historical aspect of life and war of the time very much. I liked them all but truly enjoyed Tindr and Sidroc the Dane but believe I liked Silver Hammer Golden Cross the best. As Sidroc demonstrated, I believe Octavia’s skills are growing and expanding with each book. I certainly hope to see more in the series!

  • KI'm Emmons May 7, 2018, 1:10 pm

    I’m hooked! I am thoroughly enjoying each book! The author brings life to the characters, and I can imagine the primitive landscape and the difficult life in the 9th century. Faith, love, war, and living in peace, are constant guides into an uncertain future. A time in which women had to be stronger, resilient, and brave. Excellent read!

  • Hannah April 24, 2018, 3:44 pm

    I love the series and I am anxious for book 7!

  • Karin April 8, 2018, 2:54 pm

    Waiting for book 7 which was to be ready in April. It’s April : what is the title?
    Can’t wait….,

  • Nora April 2, 2018, 10:47 am

    I have read book one and now am audio-listening to book two. This book grips my heart and I have cried listening to this story. I love this book and I have all of them in my wishlist on I too can see this as a mini-series much like the Outlander series. I hope this will happen.

  • Val March 22, 2018, 5:13 pm

    Read the whole series – very enjoyable – mostly well written – great descriptions feel like you are really there – want another book to see what happens to Ceridwen, Ashild, Hrald, Ceric and Sidroc and Elfwyn. Great bunch of characters. Book 6 very good with tying things up during the start of the war. Some surprises which keeps the interest.

  • Kristy January 12, 2018, 4:59 am

    I have only just started this series (just finished the first book) and I am already obsessed with it. Cant wait to continue the journey when I start the second book. I really hope there is a tv or movie series in the pipe work for this saga and if so please look at Australian actress Isla Fisher to play Ceridwen. She is exactly what comes to mind when I envision her while reading this book. Thank you for such an amazing read!!

  • Carol Daniel November 12, 2017, 12:47 am

    Enjoyed all the books and am waiting for the next

  • Claudia Dale September 20, 2017, 2:53 am

    I just finished book 6 and I’m already in withdrawal, anxiously awaiting a 7th book. What a beautifully written saga from all points of view. You’ve drawn us in to each character in such a way we want, no – ” need” to know what happens next. Please continue this series, and beautifully written and expanded characters. I almost feel as if they are family. Bravo!

  • Marcia Lewis August 10, 2017, 2:10 pm

    Just finished book 6. What a rich & entertaining saga. Although I can see this as an end I do hope there will be a 7th. Please confirm. Thanks again.

    • Cathy Lebron September 29, 2018, 4:16 pm

      I just started reading the saga hearing how wonderful they are from others in a Facebook book club I’m a member of. I’m starting book 4 now after devouring books 1-3 in a matter of a couple weeks. I am enthralled! Wonderful story, so vivid in your descriptions of each character. I must say though I’ve been a fan of Sidroc’s from the very beginning. Seeing that book 6 is the end and reading the comments about Sidroc, I do pray there is a book 7!

  • Catherine Paine July 30, 2017, 3:07 am

    Please can you let me know if book 5 & 6 will be on audible soon. Very keen to read on. Love the books.

  • Jennifer June 26, 2017, 9:03 pm

    I am in love with the saga. On book four. Thank you also for being so enthusiasts on the time period and the places where these stories take place. I so appreciate your videos on the website. Thank you.

  • Alesia June 24, 2017, 9:08 pm

    I loved all 6 books and am looking forward to book 7! Please tell me there is a book 7!!

    • Kay Lynn Odle-Moore July 11, 2017, 5:01 pm

      Like Alesia, I have thoroughly enjoyed all six books in the saga. From the descriptions of Gotland (I live in a similar land in Interior Alaska), to “thrummy” – yes, I’ve thrummed mittens (which are quite warm compared to regular knitting), I find them authentic and compelling. I feared for the characters in book six, but am pleased with the way you wove the story. Now I find myself yearning for more. Will there be a book seven? I sure hope so…..

  • Marilyn Copeland June 24, 2017, 8:46 pm

    I have been riveted to the Audible versions of the first four books and would love to hear the next two. Are they in the pipeline for Audible?

    • Susan July 21, 2017, 8:03 pm

      Me also, exactly! The audible versions are enthralling!

  • Lydia June 8, 2017, 8:24 pm

    I’ve just finished reading the first book of the Saga. It’s marvelous! I’am looking forward to read the next one! Lydia

  • Jeanie Peterson April 30, 2017, 12:22 am

    just finished the 6th book of The Circle of Ceridwen. I lovex them. Please tell me there will be more.

  • Donna L Harris April 10, 2017, 8:12 am

    Looking forward to diving into the first book!

  • Rebecca Dees March 18, 2017, 12:15 am

    Just finished reading book 6… Soooo ready for book 7!!!

  • JESSICA GABRIELLE BLY March 17, 2017, 9:42 am

    I absolutely love this saga and have passed it along to my circle of Jessica (those friends of mine who love books as I do). I hate to bother you with questions but I haven’t been able to find an answer online, will there be a book 7 to come? In any case, than you for the wonderful break from middling books and for the wonderful world you’ve created for me to enter into. These books have helped me get through more than I can say.

  • Colleen Gallen March 17, 2017, 5:18 am

    Really enjoyed the book interesting view of the people and times . Looking forward to the next one thank you

  • Deonna Kohnen March 10, 2017, 11:19 pm

    My friend sent me the link and recommended I read this book. I enjoyed getting lost in another time with characters that live. A wonderful story and writing style.

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