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Boudica: Dreaming The Hound: A Novel of Roman Britain: Boudica 3 [Kindle Edition]

Manda Scott
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AD 57: much of Britannia has been under Roman occupation for over ten years, with key areas in the south and east administered as vassal states, where the tribes pay costly tithes to the Emperor in return for the right to continue living on their own lands.



On the sacred isle of Mona, the Boudica or Bringer of Victory as Breaca has long been hailed, now knows for certain that her lover, Caradoc - betrayed, captured and kept hostage in Rome - will never return to her. She decides to leave Mona where she and her warriors have been waging a guerilla war, and to take the fight to the Eceni heartland where it is needed most. With her are her children, Cunomar and Grainne, and her best friend from childhood, ex-lover and dreamer, Airmid. But the once proud Eceni are a downtrodden and defeated people who are forbidden on pain of death to worship their old gods, and now scrape a living from the once fertile land.




Across the sea in Hibernia, Breaca's half-brother Ban, is struggling to make peace with his fractured past. Soon, provoked by Roman aggression, he will sail to Britain to protect Mona, and from there he will go to Camulodinum, and, united with his sister, he and Breaca will face down the might of Rome in the bloodiest revolt the western world has ever known.


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    Norfolk Journal

    'This mesmerising story creates a living past of battle feats, betrayals, heart-breaking loyalties and cruelties.'

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    Breathtaking work that’s likely to be remembered for years to come.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2098 KB
    • Print Length: 482 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (22 Jun. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003T0FJT0
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Author, columnist and screenwriter, Manda (M.C) Scott has written thirteen novels beginning with contemporary thrillers. Her first, 'Hen's Teeth; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 'No Good Deed' was nominated for an Edgar Award in the 'Best Thriller' category.

    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

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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! 6 Feb. 2005
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Firstly I strongly recommend you read the previous two books in the series before reading this one. If you haven't read the first two books...WHY haven't you??!!!
    The epic that Manda Scott began to weave from the 1st and 2nd books just races on with even more pace in this third volume, with even more twists and turns and surprises along the way.
    There is a great deal more character development of Valerius, Cygfa and some wonderful insights with Graine and Cunomar too...along with all the other characters.
    The story follows on from the 2nd book and without giving too much away, we see how Breaca/Boudica goes from being a Warrior of Mona to being the wife of Prasutagos and ultimately in the firing line of Rome. And along the way we see some familiar characters return, some in surprising ways and it all leads to a mouthwatering ending, leaving me impatient to wait for book 4!!
    From the start this story has been beautifully written, with so much detail and historically accurate observations, and even the things the author admits to creating are very believable and totally in symmetry with the whole atmosphere of the book. The characters are rounded and life-like and as a reader you feel great empathy for them and really care what happens to them.
    Most people have heard of the Boudica legend and its basic events, and as the book reaches 60AD you could argue that the story would become predictable. You would be wrong with this book...the things that happen towards the end of this volume are well known, but the manner in which those events are allowed to happen are brilliantly written and thought out. There is nothing stale or "old hat" about it at all.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Bringer of Victory 30 May 2007
    By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover
    This is the third book in what started out to be a trilogy, but happily for the reader the author has obviously had more material than she anticipated and has added another book after this one. All the books are extremely well written and on a subject that is dear to my heart, the occupation of Britain by the Roman Legions.

    The book is the continuing story of Breaca, the Boudica or Bringer of Victory. Set in AD 57, much of Britannia is under the yoke of the Roman legions for almost a decade and in the South the vassal states are paying costly tithes to the Emperor for the pleasure of living in their own lands.

    Boudica has left the island of Mona to make her way back to the lands of the Eceni, where she and her warriors are needed the most. Unfortunately since she left them the Eceni, a once proud people have become a downtrodden race, no longer allowed to worship the old gods.

    In Hibernia, Ban, Breaca's half brother is struggling to make peace with his past life. Provoked by the Romans he vows to sail to Britain to come face to face with the Roman forces . . .
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Boudica-Dreaming The Hound 14 Mar. 2005
    By A Customer
    Format:Hardcover
    Absolutely fantastic!! Definately the best of the series yet. I had very litle knowledge of Boudica when I came to read the first book in the series however, through all of the books I have been transported back thousands of years!
    With the most amazing attention to detail as a common theme through the series, the Boudica books have made me feel like I was there every step of the way!! The almost supernatural dreamers are amazing combined with the power and tactical genius of the warriors. I sincerely hope that people like these truly existed in Boudica's day.
    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction and a great imagination.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg 3 Oct. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    This is the third book I have read in Miss Scott's series about Boudica and I have quite enjoyed them all. The first is probably the best and the most readable. The trouble is, we know virtually nothing about Boudica and the whole premise of the story hangs on a few lines in Tacitus and later Dio Cassius, plus, of course, later and recent archaeological evidence of Boudica's disastrous revolt. Therefore, we have to accept from the outset that 99% of the work is pure fiction - but it's well done.

    There is a huge amount about "dreaming" as a skill (as you might expect from the titles), the ancestors, visions, psychic skill and so on that can become hard to take and really tedious after the twentieth time. I have no doubt that our forefathers were more alert to natural processes and far more sensitive to Nature's lessons and warnings, but the writings of my farming ancestors and the records of their men speak of bloody hard work, great knowledge about the countryside (although not of plant names, funnily enough), a very great deal of disease and early death and huge amounts of alcohol just to get through the day. There wasn't a very much dreaming, and country folk, although deferential to the Rich and Famous and Religious, had little time for them or for organized religion in any form. Miss Scott's English on this is sometimes tortuous to the point of a real lack of clarity, and I found myself reading and re-reading certain passages, especially in The Hound, just to be clear about who was doing what to whom, and why, and if at all.

    Her depiction of animals and livestock is good and readable, as is her description of the various lurcher-like dogs that occur in the book, although the Crow Horse would have been killed and eaten the first time it played up.
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