In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome - the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush the vibrant native civilization of our island home ...Dreaming The Bull continues the story of Breaca - now hailed Boudica, the Bringer of Victory, and her half-brother, Ban, now an officer in the Roman auxiliary cavalry. Each stands on the opposing side in a brutal war of attrition between the occupying army and the defeated tribes, each is determined to see the other dead. Caught between them are two children, son and daughter to two of the greatest warriors their world has ever seen. While in distant Rome, the Emperor Claudius holds the balance of lives in their hands. This is a heart-stopping story of war and of peace; of love, passion and betrayal; of druids and gods in a world where each life is sacred but each death even more so ...
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(178mm x 106mm x 39mm)
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UK Kirkus Review »
This compelling historical novel, the second of the series, is less about Boudica herself (Boudica, or Boadicea, was an honorific - the famed warrior queen, at least in Scott's reading, was called Breaca) than about her brother Ban, one of the many fictional characters who are brought to life in this page-turner. Ban, now renamed Julius Valerius, has risen to the rank of decurion in the Roman army and is determined to wreak vengeance on Caradoc, Breaca's lover, for what he imagines is Caradoc's betrayal of his people. When Caradoc and several of his family are captured during a brave attempt at insurgency against the invading Romans and taken to Rome, and Julius is given the task of driving their cart to their execution, it seems as though his wish will be granted. But he and the emperor Claudius have not taken into account the supernatural powers of the Celtic 'dreamers'... Manda Scott has taken factual sources such as Tacitus as the basis for this excellent sequel and has woven a rich tapestry of entirely believable fiction around it.(Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Manda Scott
Manda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber. Born and educated in Scotland, she now lives in Suffolk with two lurchers and too many cats. She began her literary career as a crime writer - her debut, Hen's Teeth, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and The Times proclaimed her 'one of Britain's most important crime writers'. DREAMING THE EAGLE, the first book in the Boudica series, is also available by Bantam Books and the third boo, DREAMING THE HOUND, by Bantam Press.