Dreaming the Bull

Dreaming the Bull

Book - 2004
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Dreaming the Eagle is the first part of the gloriously imagined epic trilogy of the life of Boudica. Boudica means Bringer of Victory (from the early Celtic word "boudeg"). She is the last defender of the Celtic culture in Britain; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome -- and triumph. It is 33 AD and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle is also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bàn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe's history. Bàn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudica's salvation. Dreaming the Eagle is full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic -- where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed -- to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf, c2004.
ISBN: 9780676975598
0676975593
9780676975604
0676975607
Characteristics: 397 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.

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RenGrrl Jun 11, 2012

The saga continues. If you haven't yet discovered the Boudica series, you're in for a treat!

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TheSponge
May 04, 2011

Second in the series by Manda Scott about tribal Britain in the years during the Roman invasion. Historical fiction, fast paced adventure and a real page turner.

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zeldash
Mar 25, 2010

In this second book of the Boudica, Manda Scott continues the saga of Breaca, the leader of the Eceni, against the Roman invaders. If you haven't read the first book, you probably won't get a lot fo the references that she makes.

This is a very well written book, that seems very well researched. It really lets you glimpse the life of the tribes that lived on the British Isles before the Roman Invasion, and their struggle. It also gives you insight as to some of the Roman reasoning.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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Mar 25, 2010

zeldash thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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zeldash
Mar 25, 2010

Sexual Content: Some subtle references to sexual liasons.

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