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Published on February 18, 2014

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Part one of the outstanding Star Dancer quartet

A rich … shaggily textured tapestry: Daily Telegraph Family Book Club Choice

It is the end of the Iron Age. In the face of Roman invasion the druids believe a warrior-magician will appear when the stars dance.
Two children are born that night. A girl and a ‘half-head’ boy....
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The midwife took the squealing bundle to the door of the cottage and held the infant high to see the lights sparkling in the dark. ‘There,’ she said. ‘That’s for you, my dear, to welcome you to the world.’

She smiled down at the tiny round face with its mop of dark hair. Huge eyes stared back at her, amazed. ‘She’s a pretty little thing,’ Gilda said. ‘She is indeed.’ Nessa stroked her baby’s cheek. ‘I’ll name her ‚Tegen‛ – pretty thing.’

For many long years after Tegen’s birth, the druids and their servants looked for a boy born on the night the stars had danced. Dressed in their white robes of office, they walked far and wide through valleys and over hills.

Tall and lithe, dark-haired and greeneyed, Tegen ran about her parents’ home, chasing the geese and learning to work.

‘I want to know where the Star Dancer is!’ The young man glared down at Witton. ‘You’ve given us nothing but promises for years, but he never comes! They say the only child born that night is a girl! A female Star Dancer?’ He clicked his tongue and tapped his head, making the sign for madness. ‘What will you think of next?’

‘The Goddess has always honoured those who act with faith! Just waiting for a mere child will only end with us all being slaughtered! Who knows what the coming evil is? It may be demons, or it may be the Romans with their short swords and shorter skirts that we hear so much about.

Suddenly Witton raised his staff and crashed it down between the burning weapons. ‘Stop it, both of you! Neither the stars, nor Gorgans are liars. The child will appear, of that you can be sure.’

Tegen was afraid. She stared up at the night sky through the wind-eye. The constellation of the Watching Woman burned brightly. It always seemed to be watching her, following her; but was it speaking to her?

It is the end of the Iron Age. In the face of Roman invasion the druids believe a warrior-magician will appear when the stars dance. Two children are born that night. A girl and a ‘halfhead’ boy. Both are rejected. As they grow, Tegen and Griff struggle against treachery and malice as they unlock the true magic that will save Britain. But for Tegen, this is only the beginning …

A rich … shaggily textured tapestry: Daily Telegraph Family Book Club Choice An absorbing tale: Carousel (editor’s Choice) A many layered and satisfying tale: Books For Keeps Rewarding and complex … highly recommended: Book Bag

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