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Boudica: Dreaming the Bull (Boudica Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Manda Scott
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The second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain’s warrior queen, Boudica, immerses us in a world of druids and dreamers, warriors and lovers, passion and courage. Originally a trilogy, this is now a four-part series.

“Boudica” means “Bringer of Victory” (from the early Celtic word “boudeg”). She was the last defender of the Celtic culture; the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome -- and triumph.

Book one, Dreaming the Eagle, took readers from Boudica’s girlhood with the Eceni tribe to the climax of the two-day battle when she and her lover, Caradoc, faced the invading Romans. Believing her dead, Breaca’s beloved brother, Bán, joined the Roman cause.

Dreaming the Bull, the second book in this compelling series, continues the intertwined stories of Boudica, and Bán, now an officer in the Roman cavalry. They stand on opposite sides in a brutal war of attrition between the occupying army and the defeated tribes, each determined to see the other dead. In a country under occupation, Caradoc, lover to Breaca, is caught and faces the ultimate penalty. Only Bán has the power to save him, and Bán has spent the past ten years denying his past. Treachery divides these two; heroism brings them together again, changed out of all recognition -- but it may not be enough to heal the wounds.

Dreaming the Bull is a heart-stopping story of war and of peace; of love, passion and betrayal; of druids and warring gods, where each life is sacred and each death even more so; and where Breaca and Bán learn the terrible distances they must travel to fulfill their own destinies.


Through the summer, Cunomar came to recognize two different kinds of warriors. The smaller group consisted of those few men and women still alive who had known his mother before the two-day battle against the invading legions. These were her friends and they called her Breaca in the way Cunomar’s father and the innermost circle of the honour guard still did. The rest, who had met her only in battle or, worse, knew her only by reputation, gave the warrior’s salute in a way that was subtly different and hailed her as the Boudica, bringer of victory. She didn’t enjoy that, but in the short span of his life, Cunomar had watched his mother become more comfortable with name, so that it settled on her like a worn cloak and she did not stiffen at the sound of it.

He had heard her use the word herself for the first time that morning as a cold dawn sharpened the air and Nemain, the moon, lowered into her bed in the mountains. Breaca had stood on the back of her mare and addressed the massed ranks of warriors and dreamers, naming them all Boudegae, bringers of victory, and swearing before them that she would fight for as long as it took to rid the land of the invader.
-- from Dreaming the Bull


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Editorial Reviews

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"A deeply emotional and affecting work.... Finely and lyrically written."Publishers Weekly

Praise for Dreaming the Eagle:
“[Scott’s] characters are so true to life that they all but jump off the page, and the story is alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and heroics of humanity. Read it and enjoy!”—Jean M. Auel, bestselling author of The Shelters of Stone

“Manda Scott has created a fictional universe all of her own, but close enough to our reality for it both to warm and break our hearts. Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us.”—Val McDermid

“A stunning feat of the imagination and an absolute must-read for lovers of historical fiction.”—Steven Pressfield, author of Tides of War and Gates of Fire

“Definitely not a tired old retelling of a legend, this novel is beautifully written and lovingly told, filled with drama and passion. . . . Highly recommended.”—Library Journal


From the Hardcover edition.

Review

"A deeply emotional and affecting work.... Finely and lyrically written."Publishers Weekly

Praise for Dreaming the Eagle:
“[Scott’s] characters are so true to life that they all but jump off the page, and the story is alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and heroics of humanity. Read it and enjoy!”—Jean M. Auel, bestselling author of The Shelters of Stone

“Manda Scott has created a fictional universe all of her own, but close enough to our reality for it both to warm and break our hearts. Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us.”—Val McDermid

“A stunning feat of the imagination and an absolute must-read for lovers of historical fiction.”—Steven Pressfield, author of Tides of War and Gates of Fire

“Definitely not a tired old retelling of a legend, this novel is beautifully written and lovingly told, filled with drama and passion. . . . Highly recommended.”—Library Journal


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 832 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385337744
  • Publisher: Spectra (December 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001O1O7JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars boudica dreaming the bull January 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
having read dreaming the eagle and the hound this book is a natural follow on and has all the characters and exciting visions of our past ancestors and the way they lived and died. the two religions clashing ,the roman's and the britain's,and thier beliefs seemes even more important than the colonian aspirations of the romans trying to conquer britain. i loved all three that i have read and look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New insight into the Queen Warrior September 3, 2008
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Very nice read. It gave a new take on the Warrior Queen. The hard time and sacrifices she made for her people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Portrayal of Characters June 7, 2008
Format:Paperback
This was a very compelling narrative with excellent characterization. I wondered whether Manda Scott or Robert Graves (I,Claudius) had a truer portrayal of the Roman Emperor Claudius. I think Manda Scott is probably more authentic than Graves.

I noticed that there was relatively little presence of Boudica in this book. There was a great deal of focus on her husband and brother. I didn't mind this because her brother had some interesting internal conflicts.
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Interesting subject but author's style doesn't convey an easily followed story. Attempt to create a 'dream' culture of the time and preserve a compelling story doesn't quite make it. Jack Whyte's stories based on the Arthurian legends does a much better job of making the reader feel like you're actually there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long but worth the read! June 29, 2013
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Long but worth the read!

Dreaming the Bull - 2nd book in this 4 book series continues to carry on my captivation with Boudica and her life. The blurb basically describes what the story is about however I can add to it by saying - "Only this book focus is more on the Roman'a invasion of Britannia and the single character Ban (Boudica's brother) or better known as Julius Valerius and how he ended up being a Roman soldier as well as moving up the ranks like he did."

The author gives the reader a glimpse of the culture and lifestyles the soldiers lived through during war. The story shows how greed hungry the emperor was and the politics of kissing ass to get what they wanted. Also the author gives a glimpse of how the Roman's took the lands by force, by killing - beheading and hanging them out on spears for all to see, by selling them into slavery, or even pimping them out. The roman soldiers raped not only the women but the young boys too.

This is not a fast paced read because there is so much detail in explaining where and why the Roman's did what they did which in return gives the reader a fascinating story to read and understand a little of the background from the enemy.

There are a couple of things that I want to point out that was interesting.

1. Ban (Valerius) is actually a traitor to his own people.

2. Most of the Roman soldiers are gay. (doesn't matter to me, just wanted to point that out how I could understand how the situation of being away with nothing but men - well lets just say they gotta get their release some way - LOL

3. Caradoc - Boudica's man is captured along with their son Cunomar

4. Caradoc while in captivity sleeps with another captive warrior and produces a child

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4.0 out of 5 stars Second In The Series June 3, 2013
By annie
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I listened to the first of the Boudica series in audiobook form a few months ago, and couldn't stand being left hanging any longer. Will probably order the third book after I finish this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book two of an excellent historical fiction series February 13, 2013
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My favorite genre is historical fiction. This is one of the best newly crafted series that I have found. It starts a little slower than Michner but once you get the context and characters straight it becomes a beautifuly woven tale. It represents a segment of Celtic life that has little documentation. I do suggest that you start with the first Boudicia, "Dreaming the Eagle" and continue in order.
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