I have always been a traditionalist when it comes to picking books to read. Historical fiction, general fiction, sportswriting, memoir, political non-fiction–that’s where I gravitate when I head to the library or bookstore.

However, I joined a book group called Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), and the authors opened my eyes to new genres, ones I’d never picked up in either a bookstore or library, or even browsed through on Amazon.

Linnea Tanner, an amazing author, introduced me to her trilogy set in 24 AD, about Celtic lands and those who lived there. Beginning with Apollo’s Dagger (Book One: The Curse of Clansmen and Kings), this author weaves a tale that drew me in from the first page with her description of Caitrin, forbidden love, mythological adventure, and political intrigue in Ancient Rome and Britannia.

The amount of research she had to do prior to beginning this trilogy was massive; the attention to historical detail in all three books is extraordinary. The way Linnea weaves the story around history captured me in immediately. I was no longer in my silo.

In many ways, it was like watching a potter create from clay. The wheel was spinning as I read, and the lump of earth that once was wet clay became a masterpiece as Linnea used her writer’s skill to turn the wheel and her hands to shape the plot and characters, spicing it with magic and details of the difficulties of life, especially for a forward-thinking, talented young woman, before putting the final touches and placing it in the kiln.

The second and third books followed beautifully; I couldn’t wait to read them. Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2) and Amulet’s Rapture (Book 3).

As a fellow writer, I admire Linnea’s storytelling and researching and character development skills. If you think you only like one genre, I’d. like to introduce you to Linnea Tanner. You won’t be disappointed.