- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553814079
- ISBN-13: 978-0553814071
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boudica: Dreaming The Bull: Boudica 2 Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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"Utterly convincing and compelling ... a stunning feat of the imagination and an absolute must-read for lovers of historical fiction" (STEVEN PRESSFIELD)
"Staggeringly imaginative ... Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us" (VAL McDERMID)
"An extraordinary work combining history and imagination. At times I was moved to tears, at others, immensely proud to be bred from a tradition that made warriors of women" (JENNI MURRAY)
"One of the boldest of recent adventures in historical fiction ... richly textured, robustly plotted" (Independent)
"A powerful novel, alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and the heroics of humanity" (JEAN M. AUEL)
The second book in Manda Scott's epic retelling of the story of Britain's great warrior queen.See all Product description
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We rejoin Breaca and her family four years after the Roman invasion of Britannia, when the slow creep of the legions has scoured the land around the south east and made a fortress of Cunobelin’s Dun, now rechristened Camulodunum (modern Colchester). Native resistance to the invaders is centred on the sacred isle of Mona in the west, where the dreamers and singers preserve the ancient ways of life. Here Breaca makes her stronghold. With faithful warriors around her, her husband Caradoc at her side and powerful dreamers led by her beloved Airmid, she has every reason to hope that they can drive the Romans back beyond the sea. Across the country in Camulodunum, the young cavalry officer Julius Valerius faces both outer and inner battles. On the field, he is the most feared and most recognisable of the Roman commanders, known for his vicious pied warhorse which is almost as ferocious a killer as its rider. Off the field, he struggles to find comfort and meaning in a half-life which began on the day he joined the Roman army, shunning his former name and memories and fighting desperately against the ghosts of his past, which threaten (often literally) to unman him.
One area in which this novel differs from the previous one is that the otherworldly aspects are much stronger here. There is nothing that I would call magic. Rather, the boundaries between the worlds become more fluid and permeable than in most historical fiction and, as the dreamers believe they can converse with the spirits of the dead, so do we. Omens, ancient rites and ancestral power hold a strong sway over the intellectual and cultural world of Breaca’s Britain, but Scott errs on the right side of caution. The effect is ethereal and haunting, the convincing worldview of a people raised in mists and smoke and old tales around the fires. As ever, the world-building is extraordinary, whether we’re poised on a hilltop in ancient Wales or experiencing cramped apartment life in Imperial Rome – and Scott’s writing is equally strong in the ‘widescreen’ battle scenes and in the quiet moments, where a glance, a touch or the exchange of a dagger is laden with significance. Rich with honour, nobility, great battles and the trials of the soul – and a few moist eyes here and there – this book definitely lives up to the promise of its predecessor.
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I thought it was going to be a work of beauty, offering me a vision of a lost culture. Instead, It's too sad. I am not reading anymore.
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