Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott
(Boudica Trilogy)

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Dreaming the Eagle is the first part of the gloriously imagined epic trilogy of the life of Boudica.

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

It is 33 AD and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle is also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bàn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe’s history. Bàn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudica’s salvation.

Dreaming the Eagle is full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic -- where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed -- to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.

Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages.
 

About Manda Scott

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Manda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber. Born and educated in Scotland, she now lives in Suffolk with one horse, two lurchers and too many cats. Manda Scott first made her name as a crime writer. Her debut novel, Hen’s Teeth was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels are Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed as "one of Britain’s most important crime writers." and was nominated for an Edgar Award.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published May 27, 2003 by Dell. 496 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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British writer Scott here follows No Good Deed (2002), a compelling, contemporary police procedural, with a prolix history of warrior Breaca and the Celtic tribes of Britain in the late pre-Roman Iron Age.

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Scottish writer Scott has already turned out three crime novels, but this is her debut historical fiction, the first in an ambitious trilogy about the life of Boudica, the warrior queen of Britanni

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Emperor Claudius is in the midst of his brutal attempt to master Britain and has added to his legions Breaca's half-brother Bán, who believes his sister and all his family are dead, killed by the treacherous brother of Breaca's lover, Caradoc.

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Scottish writer Scott has already turned out three crime novels, but this is her debut historical fiction, the first in an ambitious trilogy about the life of Boudica, the warrior queen of Britannia who fought the Romans in the first century A.D.

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Amanda Scott's sweeping novel takes place in Tribal Britain in the 1st century A.D.

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The iron age Celtic tribes of Britain left no written record .

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Manda Scott Website ISFDB Bibliography Until now British veterinary surgeon and novelist Manda Scott has been known for her crime novels, short-listed for the Orange Prize for Hen's Teeth and hailed by The Times as "one of Britain's most important crime writers."

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