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Publisher's Summary

Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons.

In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome. It was the culmination of nearly 20 years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilisation and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire.

Gloriously imagined, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle re-creates the beginnings of a story so powerful its impact has survived through the ages, recounting the coming of age of Breaca, who at 12 kills her first warrior.

This is the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where warriors fight for honour as much as victory. It is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.

©2003 Manda Scott (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the critics say

"Manda Scott has created a fictional universe all 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)

"Every so often, a book comes along that totally remoulds a historical figure for our own times...massively impressive." (Jane Jakeman, Scotland on Sunday)

"An extraordinary work...exciting and intriguing, taking you into a world where unbelievable danger and cruelty sit side by side with magic, spirituality and profound human relationships." (Jenni Murray)

What listeners say about Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle

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So good. Grounded and exciting.

Moments where you find yourself shimmying to the edge of your seat, hanging on the next word. You can feel the elder grandmother’s presence.You can smell the blood. Read it.

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my new favourite book!

I don't read a lot if fiction, but I really enjoyed this. Boudica is my hero, and the book was well researched. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Virginia Robertshaw
  • 2020-12-21

A great book possibly takeing a bit ot time to get

I started this book, then left off in the first 2 chapters. I thought I didn't care for it, but after several weeks I found myself listening to it again from the start and discovered a wonderful author, a thought provoking theme and 3 great narrators. The narrators give depth to the characters and make one want to care for them. I ended up purchasing not only the 4 Audible books in this series but also the kindle version and 4 hardback books. Manda Scott has a wonderful creative mind to give us the possibilities to some true characters, plus many fictional characters one would wish to be real.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-05-14

Someone give me a gun!

I love long stories, especially volumes that I can continue, especially if it’s a good story! And this book sounded like a perfect fit for me. And the reviews for this ‘best selling novel’ ? Off the charts. What could possible go wrong? Ug. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

I am 8 hours in and at least half of them were background noise. I have started and stopped this book three times in a month each time thinking it would get better after some time away from it. It did not. I seriously cannot tell you who the characters are or what is going on because I cannot stay interested in it long enough to pay attention. And to make matters worse, I still cannot tell if it is the story, the characters, or the narrators. One thing I do know for certain is Liza Goddard is the WORST. When she talks, I zone out. They should have her narrating the insomnia books. She.is.so.slow. She ….pauses ….very……. unnaturally ….. in …every … sentence. It’s absurdly …. distracting ….. and … annoying. Plus, her voice is so soft and monotone I want to stab sharp instruments in my ears.

As for the story, there is sooo much superfluous minutia that seriously add zero to the story. It drones on and on about stuff I’d really like to tell you about but it was so boring I cannot even remember.

Maybe I do know what I don’t like about this book. Everything.

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  • Claire E.
  • 2020-03-12

!!!!! An instant favorite

This book takes it’s time, and is subtle. The world and sense of morality and emotion conveyed is stunning. All the characters are complex and most of them are quite lovable.

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  • Patrick
  • 2021-11-16

Unrealistic

I'm getting really tired of historical fiction writers that don't know anything about ancient history. This is basically just fantasy. To make it worse, it's boring.

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  • Elizabeth Trail
  • 2021-05-06

One of the best books I've ever read

Same for the series. I've listened all the way through three times, and I'm sure that someday I'll want to listen to them again.

I've tried to analyze what makes these books so special. The historical evidence for Boudica's story is a scant few lines in Roman writings about the Iceni uprising in Britain in the time of Claudius, and some archaeological evidence. Not much is known about pre-Roman tribal culture and religion in Britain. But from what is known, Manda Scott has managed to create an amazingly detailed world.

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  • Claire
  • 2020-05-29

very evocative

I do recommend this book; however I found it confusing at times, sometimes from section to section.
It is a great setting and time in history and overall enjoyable.
I am continuing with book 2, and delighted to learn is is a 4 part series.
The violence content was my reason for 4 stars in story. I would have liked it toned down.

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  • Eric
  • 2021-07-14

Great fan fic!

Think if game of thrones was a gay slappin, historical fan fic with epic poetry and would make you sound smart, you have the essence of the story. A slow build but a great read overall and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • Bonnie H.
  • 2021-06-24

A wonderful struggle

Two Narrators, names not of my own tongue and a history with which I am unfamiliar made this audiobook a struggle, at times. But, sticking with it I was able to follow enough to find the skillful weaving of a tale filled with the dilemmas of life that even we, today, face. I look forward to "struggling" through the next book.

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  • katina
  • 2021-04-02

Quite a journey

I barely knew anything about her but wished to know more, though it's lost to history and this is fiction. I felt like I was in the village and saw everything happening. I really enjoyed the various readers and the writing was wonderful.

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  • barbariske_norden
  • 2021-03-24

Fantastic story and world

Loved the world and characters, amazing! Narration was somewhat overdone, but got used to it

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