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Reader review: Forbidden

2 February 2011

Forbidden by Christina Phillips

Travel back in time to the days of Ancient Rome, to the year AD 50, when Britain had been newly invaded by the Romans. The forests were lush, the trees ancient and majestic, and magic abounded. This is the setting for Christina Phillips’s entrancing novel Forbidden.

The heroine of the story, Carys, is a beautiful Druid princess. She and her clan had escaped during the initial Roman invasion of Cymru (Wales). Carys often leaves her safe haven to administer help and healing to her people who are now subjects of the Romans. She spies upon her enemy, Maximus, whilst he is bathing at a waterfall. Although she knows he is her enemy, Carys cannot fight her fascination with his battle-scarred, taut, muscular body and returns repeatedly to spy on him.

Maximus is the Roman centurion charged by his emperor, Claudius, to hunt down the elusive Druids who lead the resistance against the invaders. He is aware he is being spied upon and captures Carys in the act. Unaware that she is the enemy, Maximus loses his heart to Carys. As their relationship grows, Carys faces a dilemma and looks for a way to free her people without the bloodshed that is foretold and without destroying her beloved Maximus.

I enjoyed reading Forbidden. It took me to another place of cool forests and ancient magic. The characters Carys and Maximus are strong and likeable. I also enjoyed reading about their cultures and the impact the Romans had on the Celt society.

Christina Phillips was born in the UK and now resides in WA. Forbidden was her first novel published by Berkeley Heat and was released in 2010. Her next novel, Captive, second in the Forbidden series, is due to be released in February 2011 (though, if I read her website correctly, on 2 May 2011 in Australia). Her website is

reviewed by by Nicola Smith

  1. Aimee permalink
    5 February 2011 10:50 pm

    Great review Nicola!

  2. Heatkon permalink
    2 February 2011 9:29 pm

    Christina, have you seen the comments on Facebook? You should check it out!

    • 3 February 2011 6:02 pm

      Heatkon, ooh, no I haven’t! thanks for letting me know, I’ll go over there now!

  3. 2 February 2011 7:09 pm

    Thank you for the lovely review, Nicola! I’m so glad you enjoyed Forbidden! 🙂

  4. Barbara permalink
    2 February 2011 5:09 pm

    Good review Nicola….. another book to add to the list

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