The cult of the Earth Goddess is controlled throughout the vast empire of Europe by the secretive and unscrupulous Red Order, the priesthood which manipulates all power for its own ends. The land that is now called England has been annexed and the Flint Lord, its ruler, betrayed and murdered. His consort has escaped to the forest, pregnant with his son, Paoul, rightful inheritor of the Valdoe domain.
Ignorant of his parentage, Paoul is orphaned, sold into the priesthood, and sent to the mainland citadel for instruction. His teachers predict a great destiny for him. Only later, beyond the point of no return, do his doubts begin …
“One book that manages to get away from the beaten track is The Earth Goddess by Richard Herley … The first two books in the Pagans trilogy were a gripping vision of pre-history, a brutal forest world of ambush and enslavement. The cult of the Goddess now grips the land, operated by the sinister Red Order, a kind of sacerdotal Krypteia whose methods of indoctrination blend Zen with the public school ethos, while a young hand-picked novice begins to smell the truth.”
“… a combination of archeological speculation and rich imagination …”
— Roanoke Times & World News