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Queen of Iron Years Paperback – February 28, 2012
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"Queen of Iron Years" is an extraordinarily imaginative work of alternate history, well researched and compellingly written. It won the 2013 Sir Julius Vogel award for Best Novel.
The descriptions of ancient Britain and its inhabitants are deeply evocative, by far the best part of the book. The horse-loving Iceni people, the Druid advisor and the Roman occupiers are made real as Cean does his best to fit in and to influence the queen. The "present" from which Cean came is told in briefer flashback sections that describe the increasingly intolerable and dangerous conditions for people like him. The Queen of Iron Years is a very satisfying alternate-history-fantasy.