“A lively and lucid biography.” (The New York Times (on 'St. Patrick of Ireland'))
“Philip Freeman creates convincing characters who use realistic dialogue. All books about Celtic Heritage should be this readable. I hope to hear more of Deidre in the future.” (The Irish American News)
“The pacing and suspense were very well stylized, and I was happy to see that Philip Freeman plans on publishing a second novel featuring the lively Sister Deirdre.” (Historical Novel Society)
“Freeman's (St. Patrick of Ireland
) first novel has a strong atmosphere, absorbing, well-drawn characters, and a compelling plot. Fans of Tremayne's "Sister Fidelma" series will want to give this a try. It may also be of interest to those who like series set in Roman and pre-Roman Britain, such as those by Kelli Stanley or Ruth Downie.” (Library Journal (starred review and "Debut of the Month"))
“This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors, a good start to what looks to be a good mystery series.” (The Providence Journal)
About the Author
Philip Freeman received his Ph.D. in Classics and Celtic Studies at Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. He is the author of thirteen books, including St. Patrick of Ireland, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths. He is currently working on a book about the life of Sappho, the first woman poet, for W. W. Norton & Co. Philip lives in Decorah, Iowa.