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The Centurions quartet

The Border Wolves

Volume 4 in The Centurions series

 

"For anybody who loves fiction about Imperial Rome in the far reaches of Britain, Amanda Cockrell has the finest sense of history, character, and narrative I've seen since Rosemary Sutcliff, and that's saying something."

- Delia Sherman, Mythopoeic Award-winning author of The Porcelain Dove

 

"A thrilling, exciting Roman adventure in the tradition of Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth"

- Alex Gough, author of Emperor's Sword

 

The Centurions

Volume 1 in The Centurions series

Brothers and rivals in the Legions of  first century Rome

 

Barbarian Princess

Volume 2 in The Centurions series

 

"...an engrossing, funny, informative book...this series is virtually flawless. Correus Appius Julianus and his brother Flavius become men in the course of their battles to conquer wild, superstitious Britain in the first century A.D. The author is sympathetic to both the beleaguered Britons and the well organized Roman conquerors. There's a feel of real life, including the grit and fear, in the brothers' adventures and in the concomitant maturing of Ygerna, a scared thirteen-year-old when first captured by the Romans, who becomes a true princess as she learns to mediate between the old ways and the new. The supporting cast is lively and varied. The Mt. Vesuvius explosion that buried Pompeii adds historical realism. ..pays serious attention to emotional causality, gaining its effects from genuine feelings rather than stereotyped responses."

– West Coast Review of Books

 

The Emperor's Games

Volume 3 in The Centurions series

 

 

The Wall at the Edge of the World

"For anybody who loves fiction about Imperial Rome in the far reaches of Britain, Amanda Cockrell has the finest sense of history, character, and narrative I've seen since Rosemary Sutcliffe, and that's saying something."

-- Delia Sherman, winner of the Mythopoeic Award for The Porcelain Dove

 

"When surgeon Postumus Justinius Corvus performs an act of bravery and gallantry, he is awarded an honour, a promotion, and a reassignment from Syria to his home in Britannia. But this is a bittersweet assignment, as it looks like he will be forced to confront family ghosts and personal emotional conflicts. Transferred to the northern reaches of the province, he is on the frontline of the Eagles – the last Wall between the Empire and the North has been left to rot. A new, capable and practical Governor is commanding, and he's intent on obeying the Emperor. A new wall, from East Coast to West, will happen. And Corvus, only intent on treating casualties, is torn; he's a Briton but he's also Roman. In fact, his family honour is based on being in the Eagles. So which way can he turn?

This novel is a fine mix of story and history, and the author manages to shed light on a period when the Roman Empire flexed its muscles at the edge of the world."

--   Alan Cassady-Bishop, The Historical Novel Society

The Legions of the Mist

"Amanda Cockrell's first novel is more than an auspicious debut; it is an extraordinary achivement. She tells us an abundantly various and exciting tale, based solidly on assimilated historical fact and yet richly innovative, imaginatively speculative wherever it must be so. Ms. Cockrell has chosen, and been chosen by, a haunting era just on the edges of present memory, a place where myths begin. And she has made the most of it."
-- George Garrett

What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay

Saints and soldiers and the Untied Church of Dog

"There was a late frost last night and you could hear the wind machines going all over the valley to keep the oranges from freezing. They set up funny echoes sometimes, tricks of the sound waves. I kept thinking I could hear the Underworld doors banging shut behind someone, Jesse maybe. Or maybe just behind all our mistakes."

Fifteen-year-old Angie didn't used to think too much about God - until things started getting weird. Like the statue of St. Felix, her secret confidante, suddenly coming off his plinth and talking back at her. Like Angie's mom, about to bust up her third marriage for no apparent reason. And weirdest of all, Jesse Francis, home from Afghanistan with his leg blown off and expected to fit back in at school. Does any of it make sense or is life - and the deity, who's supposed to have a handle on stuff like this - as mixed up as the bumper sticker Angie sees from the "Untied Church of Dog"?

Against the advice of an increasingly vocal St. Felix (who knows a thing or two about war), Angie finds herself falling for Jesse's allure - a guy who's been through so much more than regular high-school kids. But Jesse is battling some major demons, and as Angie starts losing control of the situation, she has to ask - can one person ever make things right for someone else?

A Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon book.

Pomegranate Seed

“Amanda Cockrell has written a zinger of a novel with serious import—here’s the real human tragedy of the Hollywood blacklist with verve and style. Cockrell’s unerring sense of time and place allows her to present California without cliche, then and now, as she shifts between past and present time. A mesmerizing read.”
-- Lee Smith

“Take an authentic and evocative summoning up of more than half a century of Hollywood history, from the silents to the hard edges of here and now; add on a lively and diverse cast of characters, credible people as surprising and memorable as the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; mix well with a suspenseful, page-turning story; then season with humor and with style, and you have the enchanting formula for Pomegranate Seed. Amanda Cockrell is a master magician and this novel is a pleasure to read from first to last. See for yourself.”
-- George Garrett

The Horse Catchers Trilogy

"Amanda Cockrell's books are the most satisfying stories about prehistoric people that I have ever read. Like Patrick O'Brien's sea stories, they are funny, humane novels of character and manners, as well as excellent adventures"
-- Ursula K. LeGuin

 

 

When the Horses Came


The Trickster's gifts come with a price. A long time ago he gave a new animal to the people of the Southwest, and changed the world.


Children of the Horse, Volume 2

Blue Jay and his sister Dances, descendants of the now-legendary Horse Bringers, travel to the Cities-in-the-West in search of more horses.

 

 

The Rain Child, Volume 3

 

Rain Child, in search of a stray horse, finds instead a magical treasure. The iron pot is the first of four enchanted gifts that Coyote will use to lure Rain Child and her horses north for his own purposes.

 

 

The Deer Dancers Trilogy

"A work of mythic beauty"
-- Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

 

 

Daughter of the Sky

“In our current political climate, what concerns could be more contemporary than these: What is the role of the artist? What good does any individual’s art contribute to the people? What toll does making art exact on the individual? Which changes are the good changes?
“Believe me, she knows how to tell a good story. But lots of writers know how to tell a good story. Knowing, too, how to give texture and meaning to characters as removed in time as these; and knowing how to examine the spiritual world by depicting the physical one—these are rare gifts.”
-- Monty S. Leitch, Roanoke Times

 

 

Wind Caller's Children, Volume 2

 

The coming of Maize

"A novel of magical realism"
-- Ursula K. LeGuin

 

 

 

The Long Walk, Volume 3

Others' Child and Night Hawk roam along the trade trails to the shore of the Endless Water..

Shadow Castle

By my mother, Marian Cockrell
Now back in print, in an expanded edition with the original illustrations and cover art, and six new chapters.