- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (3 Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593051637
- ISBN-13: 978-0593051634
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle Hardcover – 3 Feb 2003
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Having served her writing apprenticeship, she went back in time to write the bestselling Boudica:Dreaming series. Her latest 'Rome' series starts with Rome: The Emperor's Spy and continues with Rome: The Coming of the King, Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth and Rome:The Art of War. Set from 54 - 69AD, the books feature Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard.
She is working on a dual time line novel of Jeanne d'Arc (who she really was: not the fainting visionary peasant girl) and a contemporary thriller.
She is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association (http://www.TheHWA.co.uk), Prize Chair of the HWA Debut Crown and Programming Chair of the Harrogate History Festival. She writes reviews and columns for the Independent, the Express, the Telegraph and the (Glasgow) Herald.
She is an avid reader. Her top picks of 2013, in no particular order, are: Robert Wilton: TREASON'S TIDE, Imogen Robertson, 'THE PARIS WINTER', Beatrice Hitchman: 'PETITE MORT' Robert Ryan, 'DEAD MAN'S LAND', Robert Low, 'THE LION RAMPANT', Neil Gaiman 'THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE' and Neal Stephenson, 'Reamde' (it's 2012, but it's still outstanding.
Further details can be found on her website: http://www.mandascott.co.uk
A powerful novel alive with love, deceit, wisdom and the heroics of humanity -- Jean Auel
Set in Iron-Age Britain, the first novel in a magnificent new series recounting the life of Boudica, Britain's first warrior queen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is the first in a trilogy that will be well worth reading. Whether Hollywood will be able to do it justice...I doubt.
This book does not leave that aspect of Roman rule untouched and actually highlights the situation. If historical fiction is your thing I would also recommend Ascent of an Eagle by Gaius Demetrius. This book is wonderfully crafted and compels the reader into the realities of a very grim political situation, set against deep personal struggles.
The closest parallel I can think of is Jean Auel's Earth Children, also extrapolated from scant archaeological evidence but, in my opinion, not as well drawn.
Lets hope the continuations keep up the same standard.
With that in mind, it is a fantastically colourful read. The entire island is lit up and brought to life in a way that historical documentation could never have done, which is why I read this book.
Manda Scott's veterinary background shows, subtly, and the animals in the story have a depth of character and a prominence that I haven't experienced before, which I really enjoyed.
The British culture at the time as protrayed in the book is staggeringly contemporary and idealistic. I would question this: again, it's fiction, but it does excessively villify the Romans with the contrast... if so many people were migrating into Rome rather than out, could it have been that bad?
It is on a par with Marion Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" - another book with strong (and believable) female lead characters, as well as Bernard Cornwell's Harlequin saga.
A great fan of Rosemary Sutcliffe's novels since a teenager, I would say Manda Scott has out-Sutcliffed Miss Sutcliffe in creating a detailed and totally believable 1st century Britain (praise indeed from me!) . Not only that, her writing is wonderful, poetic in parts with characters portrayed in depth and with great attention to detail .
Thank goodness I have discovered her! (books)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although only a third of the way through this book I find that so far it is atmospheric, well written, interesting and holding my attention.Published 15 days ago by Elizabeth Stacey
As a crime writer, Manda Scott‘s ability to describe and give life to her characters is of a calibre that, almost, made me give up writing. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sandra Davies
Read this on holiday years ago but gave it away to another traveller. Now bought as Xmas present for a friend.Published 1 month ago by Anita Peach
Dreaming the Eagle is a novel about Boudica's childhood. I liked it. The problem is by the time I got 200 pages into Dreaming the Bull (volume 2 of a 4-volume set) I decided it was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fuficius Fango
I am afraid I got bored and could not finish. Too slow for my tastePublished 5 months ago by K. Littlejohn