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Exquisite poetic writing draws you into the landscape of the past
on 12 November 2016
What a treat this was. This is not a page turning story until perhaps half-way through, although there is plenty of interest in the characters’ development in the first half. We are caught with a retrospective view of what we think we know about Boudicca and who she was and the story as it unfolds of who she might have been and how she might actually have lived. Because of this I think, I found more sympathy with the character of Ban, who I had no preconceptions about. His love of animals, his fighting for justice for Icceus, his attachment to his family and his turning to Rome make for gripping reading. Manda Scott’s writing is simply exquisite in places, the poetic language draws you into the landscape as you read so for the first time you can imagine what it might have been like to live through those times. Highly recommended.