Two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare tearing Wales apart - and only they can stop it.
Sunday Times best-selling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut best seller, Lady of Hay.
Hay-on-Wye, 1400. War is brewing in the Welsh borders. Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer playing a dangerous game, playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords.
For 200 years the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of.
In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales' destiny. And what she sees is blood and war coming closer....
Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes, her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl who's screaming, who's reaching out...whom only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?
©2016 Barbara Erskine (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Praise for Barbara Erskine:
"Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson." (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)
"Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable." (The Times)
"Marvellous escapist stuff." (Woman and Home)
Sleeper's Castle, like all of Barbara Erskine books, is an enjoyable romp between modern & historical times. There is mystery, intrigue and romance, and is probably more appealing to ladies!
The story was predictable and longer than it needed to be. Sadly not in the same league as Lady of Hay for me. I wanted to like it but I found the characters unlikeable and felt no empathy for them.
I always love Barbara Erskine's books! I discovered Lady of Hay back in the 80's and have been an avid fan ever since. Her books are always so well researched and written and I look forward to each one!
My favorite character was Catrin because of her goodness and her courage.
The end when they laid Catrin's father to rest. He was a mean old goat!
"Storytelling at its very best."
Barbara Erskine is a wonderful story teller with the ability to paint her protagonists so very well that you are walking the path of each character with exhilaration and not a little trepidation! This was vividly narrated by an excellent choice of actress.
Sleeper's Castle where the past and present collide with sometimes terrifying consequences. Where dreams become real and where the past can be touched at Andy's peril!
Andy, (helped by Pepper, the cat, with a rather scrumptious yet moody, reserved gardener, a Shaman and a kind yet practical friend) solves the hauntings of Sleeper's Castle.
Yet again Barbara Erskine has written a hauntingly beautiful story.
Roll on her next novel.
I thought I would really enjoy this book particularly given my love of history but, to be honest, I got quite bored with the whole thing and didn't finish it. I really hate it when I don't like a book especially since it's a waste of a credit but I hate wasting time even more, so it had to go! Sorry.
Audio books are not a replacement for reading a story yourself. I had already started reading this story but thought I would like having it read to me but the characters were represented entirely differently and the story lost its appeal.
"brilliant story !!!"
I loved this book . I really enjoy all of Barbara Erskine story's just brilliant.
"Good but slightly predictable"
A well-written and enjoyable book, but slightly predictable after reading other books by the author.
"an excellent read and i couldn't put it down. "
great sense of place and history. An endearing story full of magic and redemption. You will not regret pickng this book, a really enjoyable read.
"Good all round read"
The author always pleases and the narrator was an excellent choice. Would recommend to read
"fab read x "
another amazing book from one of my favourite authors!! loved it and didn't want it to end
Men: Please don't think this book is only for us women - its not!! Please read!
so engrossing could not stop listening typical Barbara Erskine at her very best. past and future entwined
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