Duty versus Desire

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Wildswept: Book Seven of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Book Seven of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga

The Peace between the Saxons and Danes has collapsed. Viking forces led by the war-lord Haesten strike at will across borders. One more push will destroy Wessex. The Danish warriors settled under the Dane-law are tempted to join with these new invaders, wiping clear the game board as they seek full dominance of Angle-land.

Sidroc, having witnessed his son Hrald’s victory at Four Stones, undertakes the perilous return to Gotland, a journey shadowed by the spirit of his long-dead uncle Yrling. Before his father’s eyes Hrald has won the garrison fortress of Turcesig, but can he keep it?

Ceric, the son of Ceridwen, rides with Ælfred’s ambitious son, Prince Eadward, in their wild pursuit of the invaders. After distinguishing himself in the field Ceric receives a startling order from the King, sending him to Four Stones. There Ashild and her mother Ælfwyn contend with the dual claims of duty and desire, and each come face to face with their past – and their future.

At Kilton in Wessex the young lord Edwin, just sixteen, is overwhelmed at the challenges before him both as a warrior and as a man. Yet he is unexpectedly entrusted with a secret which could shatter all he holds dear.

The fortresses of Kilton and Four Stones. What binds them together now threatens to tear them apart.

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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  • Carole Garrity October 16, 2021, 9:06 pm

    Thank you for giving us The Circle of Ceridwen! It captured me from the first paragraph! I have always enjoyed “Saga” books, and I have to say that The Circle of Ceridwen has now made it to the top of my list! Octavia you are a gifted storyteller, and I look forward to being swept away again by the next book!!!

  • Shawnee April 28, 2021, 11:54 pm

    I fell in love with this series at book one! Octavia captures the struggle between Christianity and the old religions in such a beautiful way. I love the way she embodies the ability to embrace all simultaneously in such a strong character as Ashild. Love the development of all these characters, but Ashild is probably my favorite. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her future.

  • Ginny Lynn Meadows February 26, 2021, 5:33 am

    I read prolifically. I Never reread books. I write prolifically. But i Never write fan mail. I’m breaking two Nevers tonight.
    I just finished my reread of the Circle of Ceridwen, and am,again, so moved.
    I’d have to say Tindr is my favorite because of her delicate and adroit handling of what it means to not only different but differently abled. The book was a prose-poem to me. It made me cry, “When I grow up I want to write like her!”
    Many, many thanks for your work. Many blessings upon you, my lady, for you are a True Artist.

  • Claire February 17, 2021, 10:52 pm

    I absolutely loved these books and am so excited that book 7 is out – I just purchased it and can’t wait to read it. Octavia Randolph captures the essence of the era and the characters come to life and her books are captivating. I appreciate that she writes with “reality” (hardships, lost loves, life and death, struggles, and so on. Very talented author with well researched historical facts and life in those times.

  • Victoria Rehg October 29, 2020, 9:28 pm

    Love Octavia lovely author such a amagination very creative ..down to earth with her readers.ok onward to Wildswept..keep them coming.love all her books.Also my Heritage were Ship builders very hard life can you imagine..hardy folks.. Until then….

  • Judith L Adams September 27, 2020, 5:53 pm

    How exciting another book! I can’t wait to continue the saga. Thank You.

  • Christine King September 27, 2020, 2:20 am

    I am so excited to become immersed in the complex lives of these fascinating characters once again!

  • Mrs Faye P Cubitt September 27, 2020, 1:46 am

    Can’t wait for “Wildswept” !!!

  • Ellen Ornberg September 26, 2020, 8:06 pm

    That’s great to see the next book will soon be ready! Your books have been my bedtime reading material since the start of the pandemic. They provide a much needed escape from current affairs in the U.S.A. I read all the first seven and am currently halfway through “Silver Hammer, Golden Cross.”

    My husband and I are both of Northern European descent, so the stories are fascinating to me! My ancestors came from England, Scotland and Wales. My husband is 1/4 Danish, 1/4 English and 1/2 German. We have been to Germany but want to visit the British Isles and Scandinavia once the pandemic situation improves.

    Thank you so much for your talented skill and effort in creating this wonderful series of books!

  • Cindy Smith September 26, 2020, 6:28 pm

    Yay, so excited for the new book! I have read all of the others so many times because I enjoy the story so much!

  • Stephen Warner September 26, 2020, 5:25 pm

    Thank you for continuing to write this epic saga. Escaping this upside down world will be a welcome relief right now.

    • Helen Dickie and Oct September 27, 2020, 6:34 am

      To Stephen I heartily agree with your comments…. a wonderful saga from a very lovely and talented lady.

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