Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons.
In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome. It was the culmination of nearly 20 years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilisation and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire.
Gloriously imagined, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle re-creates the beginnings of a story so powerful its impact has survived through the ages, recounting the coming of age of Breaca, who at 12 kills her first warrior.
This is the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where warriors fight for honour as much as victory. It is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.
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The Love of the Tribe
I really looked forward to hearing this book and it has not disappointed. A great reconstruction of what tribal life might have been like in Britain before the Romans. The details of life in an ancient British settlement are fascinating, the characters interesting and varied and I cared what happened to them. This is a society that attempts to balance the need for warriors (women as well as men - for a change) with a powerful spirituality that directs daily life and invokes the gods at every important moment. Manda Scott is an engaging writer and the readers bring out the nuances of relationships, conflicts and betrayals. Altogether a cracking good story and I'm now looking forward to the next episode.
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- Dane Buckley
A lavish, humane, moving, topical, historical saga
This book is great, better than great. Manda Scott is a very skilled writer, through her writing you almost feel like you're there. Historians know very little of the Celtic tribal world and indeed of Boudica. Through archaeology and the myths of Ireland/Britain, Manda Scott pieces together a great story.
We know Boudica existed, we know she fought Rome and sacked London and we know she was never caught, all of which takes place in these books, but history can't tell us what she ate, who she loved and what the druids dreamt of, but Manda Scott makes an educated guess in line with the relevant resources at hand.
The battle scenes are amazing and jump of the page and the wars between native and Rome are thrilling and Middle Earth-like, but what really leaves a lasting impression is the incredibly moving and layered humanity of the piece and the relationships between mother and child, horse and soldier, lover and warrior and war and country. Excellent performances too. More please!
Beir Bua (have victory)