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Circle of stars
Waldo, Anna Lee.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, [2001]

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499 pages : map ; 25 cm
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Waldo, bestselling author of Circle of Stones, reaches for the stars in her new novel as the Christians chase the Druids out of Wales and young Madoc heads west for a romantic encounter with a Native American woman. Map.

Author Notes

Anna Lee Waldo was born in Great Falls, Montana in 1925. She received a degree in chemistry from Montana State and a master's in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. She taught chemistry at numerous colleges including the University of Dayton, St. Louis Community College, and St. John's Mercy College. Her novels include Sacajawea and Prairie. She also writes the Druid Circle series.

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Booklist Review

Waldo, best-selling author of Circle of Stones (1999), continues the engrossing saga of the intrepid band of Welshmen bound for the New World centuries before Columbus ever set sail. In the second volume of the Druid Circle, Madoc, the illegitimate son of a Welsh prince, embarks on a dangerous voyage into the unknown. Leading a cluster of Druids across the ocean, Madoc is determined to save his people from certain persecution and probable extinction. Landing on a distant shore, Madoc and his men encounter the Calusas, an exotic tribe of Native Americans. When Madoc becomes involved with a spirited young woman named Cougar, two ancient cultures are inextricably entwined. Based on fact and on legend, this engrossing epic will continue to enthrall fans of sweeping historical fiction. --Margaret Flanagan

Publisher's Weekly Review

As Oscar Wilde once observed, "America had been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up." This intriguing premise is one that Waldo explores in depth. While she was researching her bestselling novel Sacajawea, she came across information concerning a tribe of fair-haired, Welsh-speaking people in the Dakotas who were encountered by Lewis and Clark. From here, she was led to the legend of a Welshman named Madoc who sailed to America three centuries before Columbus; this prompted her to write Circle of Stones. Now she continues the story of Madoc's early days among the Druids during the 12th century, as well as of the extraordinary seafaring exploits that made him legendary. His story here is intertwined with that of Cougar, a Native American girl of the Calusa tribe (in the area now known as Florida). Both Madoc and Cougar are raised by people other than their birth parents, making this a tale of two foundlings. Madoc's people believe him to have been destined by the gods to lead the Druids, while some in Cougar's tribe fear she might be a shape-shifter. The novel charts their individual trials and adventures as life sets them on a course that will ultimately lead to their meeting. Despite being set in a different time period, at times Waldo's epic of discovery impresses as being part Jean Auel and part Homer. Scrupulously researched, with enlightening epigraphs opening each of the 24 chapters, Waldo's latest will satisfy fans of her previous work and prove that she has not lost her historical touch. Agent, Jean Naggar. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Waldo had a best seller with her epic Circle of Stones; now she's reaching for the stars. As the Christians chase the Druids out of Wales, young Madoc heads west for a romantic encounter with a Native American woman. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.