These three dramatic stories show the author at her best, vividly bringing new life to ancient times.
The Chief's Daughter
The Clan seized young Dara, son of the Irish raiders, for sacrifice to the Black Mother. But Nessan, the chief's daughter, pleaded for his life. The Mother took angry revenge, so again the Clan offered him victim. And again Nessan interfered—heedless now of all costs.
A Circlet of Oak Leaves
Aracos still remembered the battle long past, yet he never joined the cavalrymen in recounting its events. One day the men thought they knew his secret: Had he won the Circlet of Oak Leaves, the highest award for bravery? Why was he silent?
A Crown of Wild Olive
New to the great Games at Olympia, Amyntas and Leon were rivals and members of warring states. But they became close friends, even knowing that when the Games ended, they would never be able to meet again.
—from the dust jacket
(Jacket design by Bobye List)
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