Book Tour: The Scots of Dalriada by Rowena Kinread



Welcome to a stop on the Coffee Pot Book Tour for The Scots of Dalriada by Rewena Kinread. 


The Details: 

Book Title: The Scots of Dalriada

Author: Rowena Kinread

Publication Date: January 26th, 2023

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Pages: 287

Genre: Historical Fiction


The Blurb: 

Fergus, Loarn and Angus, Princes of the Dalriada, are forced into exile by their scheming half-brother and the druidess Birga One-tooth.

Fergus conceals himself as a stable lad on Aran and falls helplessly in love with a Scottish princess, already promised to someone else. Loarn crosses swords against the Picts. Angus designs longboats.

Always on the run the brothers must attempt to outride their adversaries by gaining power themselves. Together they achieve more than they could possibly dream of.

Fergus Mór (The Great) is widely recognised as the first King of Scotland, giving Scotland its name and its language. Rulers of Scotland and England from Kenneth mac Alpín until the present time claim descent from Fergus Mór.

Full of unexpected twists and turns, this is a tale of heart-breaking love amidst treachery, deceit and murder.


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Author Bio:


Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire with her large family and a horde of pets. Keen on travelling, her first job was with Lufthansa in Germany.

She began writing in the nineties. Her special area of interest is history. After researching her ancestry and finding family roots in Ireland with the Dalriada clan, particularly this era.

Her debut fiction novel titled “The Missionary” is a historical novel about the dramatic life of St. Patrick. It was published by Pegasus Publishers on Apr.29th, 2021 and has been highly appraised by The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post and the Irish Times.

Her second novel “The Scots of Dalriada” centres around Fergus Mór, the founder father of Scotland and takes place in 5th century Ireland and Scotland. It is due to be published by Pegasus Publishers on Jan.26th, 2023.

The author lives with her husband in Bodman-Ludwigshafen, Lake Constance, Germany. They have three children and six grandchildren.



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My Review:

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of the novel. 

The Scots of Dal Riata is the story of the legendary King, Fergus Mor, who according to myth was the first king of Scotland. The author weaves an interesting tale of Fergus’ rise to power in the mid to late 5th century. With scant records, Kinread builds a world full of intrigue, violence, and love. Fergus, the son of King Erc, lives in constant threat of danger from the hands of his elder half-brother. While on the run, Fergus meets the beautiful Rhianna, who is forced to wed a serial abuser. He is as determined to free her as she is to escape her marriage. The book is a fun read with tons of action and a good love story. I enjoyed reading about the time period of which so little is known and recommend it to readers who enjoy a good action yarn. Note: There is a fair number of anachronisms that may put off some die-hard history buffs.  


  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review of The Scots of Dalriada, and for hosting Rowena Kinread on her tour today. I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

    Cathie xo
    The Coffee Pot Book Club


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