'Slave girl Cassia escapes her master and sets out on a perilous journey north to Hadrian's Wall, and the freedom that lies beyond. I'm 100 pages in and captivated by Cassia's voice.' The Bookseller
'The writing is crisply vivid, and packs a powerful visual punch, and I loved how Boudica’s spirit of resistance and rebellion permeated the book through Cassia’s indomitable strength. She’s an extraordinarily memorable heroine, and this is an extraordinary novel - historical YA at its best, no less.' LoveReading, Joanne Owen
'This gripping tale, aimed at a mature reader, of the captives’ rebellion that frayed the edges of the Roman empire in AD4 […] Cassia and Marcus have a modern sensibility while credibly belonging to their ancient world, which fosters our connection to the deep past.
But her skill is that of the novelist, rather than the historian. As with Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic children’s novel The Eagle of the Ninth, Landman is particularly good on the domestic nitty-gritty of Roman Britain. Dates and timelines are swiftly dispensed (“This was Britannia… occupied by enemy forces these last 300 years”) but, when it comes to the hue of a mosaic or what’s in a cooking pot, her eye never blinks and the pace of her story never slackens. “I have played fast and loose with strict historical accuracy,” she explains in an afterword. And, like any of the best historical novelists, she gets away with it.' The Telegraph, Children’s Book of the Week