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Dreaming the Bull (Boudica #2)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,458 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
This 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 Ban learn the terrible distances they must travel to fulfil their own destinies.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Bantam-Dell Publishing Co. (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sotiris Karaiskos
Καταλαβαίνω ότι πολλές φορές η ιστορία είναι πολύ ξενέρωτη. Πάρτε για παράδειγμα την ηρωίδα αυτής εδώ της σειράς. Τον καιρό που γίνονταν η ρωμαϊκή εισβολή στη Βρετανία η Μπούντικα πιθανότατα ήταν ένα κοριτσάκι που έπαιζε με τις κούκλες της περιμένοντας να την παντρέψουν με το ζόρι με κάποιον ξενέρωτο, την ώρα που η φυλή της παραδίδονταν χωρίς μάχη. Όπως καταλαβαίνετε αυτό δεν είναι και το καλύτερο υλικό για ένα Best Seller, αφήστε που στην περίπτωση της συγγραφέως δεν είναι και αρκετά φεμινιστικ ...more
Deborah Pickstone
This continues to be an excellent series. In the first book everything was fast and furious but in the second the pace is slower and you can watch the characters watch themselves.....anyway, I like that; there's enough action but reflection also. I just love this series!
Ronda  Tutt
Jun 06, 2013 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantacy, historical
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 glim
Stef Rozitis
I thought it was a good book- it seemed well researched and there was complexity in the way two very different cultures, and two spiritualities that are somewhat alien to a modern reader were presented. I found the spirituality intriguing, because people's conversations and beliefs in various (conflicting) gods were presented as "true". I also really loved the way the cultures were contrasted in all sorts of ways such as attitudes to gender, sexuality, family, what counts as being "civilised" an ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this second installment of the Boudica series, the characters were again brilliantly written and the storyline believable and once again well researched. Scott has recreated the intricacies of Celtic Britain and the Roman Empire very well with a distinct attention to detail that continues to support the story. Each character has been developed well and the situations that arise are again handled and written well and portrayed in a manner to make each as relevent to the reader as possible ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Kiyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly follows the life of Ban aka Julius. Like the first book, it takes Manda Scott about 60 pages to find her rhythm. This book is filled with dark vengeance and betrayal, commitments to foreign, silent Gods by someone who was once a Dreamer for another culture and still sees Ghosts. I love the magic in this book - a dead Granma aids in a curse, and there's a Roman Bull God initiation scene in a cave that is truly beautiful. Can't wait to read the third one...
Dec 11, 2012 Kirstin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
So. I know that Rome invades the majority of England. And I know that Boudica is captured and her daughters raped. Consequently, at just passed half-way through the second installation of the series, I give up. It's battle after battle, in which Ban gets more evil and Boudica gets more desperate. I know there's probably some big reconciliation at some point, but I can't hang in there for it--too many other good books to read.
Apr 23, 2012 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of four books about Boedica or Boadecia as many know by this name .
Love this series great character development and Mandy Scott is a fantastic storyteller. I' m reading the 4th book now

Amazing details of this early time- period.

If you like historical figures brought to life read this book!
Jan 12, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, historical
Once again I began this doubting that I'd find it easy to turn my mind back to when years were counted in double figures. Once again I was speedily proved wrong and this became as compelling and entertaining as any twenty-first century thriller. Superb writing.
Jun 30, 2008 Solsticedreamer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re-reading for the 4-5th time!
Aug 25, 2011 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart breaks. Every time. I love this book so much it hurts.
Mar 09, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read.
L. Sengul
Dec 03, 2012 L. Sengul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read!
Just finished the second book of this 4 part saga and I must say it just keeps getting better. Now off to start the third book....can't wait :-)
Graham Crawford
I am having trouble judging books by "good reader" star ratings in this genre of historical fiction. I guess that means it's a very personal taste. Some (like me) like LOTS of well researched history with their fiction, other folk think the history gets in the way of telling a good story.

I loved Boudica #1 - So much historical reasearch I could just tell Manda Scott was a regular on Time Team (one of my favourite shows!). I loved the section at the back where she declared her biases and listed
Sep 27, 2016 Eloise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't get enough of the character development in Bán.
Great, engaging and developed characters overall.
Morgan Dhu
Mar 03, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manda Scott, Dreaming the Bull

The blurb for this engaging sequel to Dreaming the Eagle describes the events of the second (of four) volumes of Scott's historical fantasy epic as follows:

Hailed as Boudica, the Bringer of Victory, Breaca now leads her people's resistance against the occupying legions of Rome. Opposing her is Julius Valerius, an auxilary cavalry officer whose increasing brutality in the service of his god and emperor cannot shield him from the ghosts of his past. Caught between the
While I greatly admire and revere Manda Scott's talent with the pen, I have to say that I found this second isntalment of the Boudica series to be a hard slog. It seemed so much more denser than the first one, and I don't mean in storyline and plot..or, maybe a litle bit in the plot department, but mostly in the way it was written. There was too much 'in between dragging it down' for me and it therefore didn't have my heart racing or my pulse building. Unlike Dreaming the Eagle, which did both o ...more
Aug 10, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epics
So Dreaming the Bull was a pretty good sequel to Dreaming the Eagle. It didn't quite beat the first book, but it was still riveting. I found Boudica's spirit and willingness to live amazing through out this book and I was really impressed with how she had changed from the first book. Her self perseverance was amazing and what pretty much drove her the entire book. The whole deal with Caradoc being captured was nerve wracking for me. I had no idea what was going to happen to him and all the rest ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the book. Have read the first and will read the next.

Found Ban/Vespius story depressing and slightly unbelievable. Would he really become so awful given his wonderful happy childhood? Maybe - I suppose he was abused when he was only 12 when taken by the Romans, but I did find it hard to believe that once he found out Boudica and family were alive that he would continue to be bad.

Obviously we don't know that the "dreaming" sequences are true per se, but, I did feel they added to th
I was a bit leery of continuing with the series because of the reviews and also the "animal" element which made the first book a difficult read for me. However, after I finished Dreaming the Eagle on the first day of vacation, I found myself wondering "what happens next." Without even realizing it, I became connected to the characters and their stories. The minute I had internet access again, I reserved copies of the rest of the series (after driving to three different bookstores in the area to ...more
I read the first book in this series, "Dreaming the Eagle", years ago, and can barely remember anything about it. This was a problem while reading "Dreaming the Bull" at first because the past was used as a major part of character development and I couldn't remember the significance of events in the past. But then the story took hold and I was drawn in, regardless of my faulty memory. Set in ancient Britain when the local tribes were rebelling against Roman rule under the leadership of the Boudi ...more
Sadie Anjum
Dec 16, 2013 Sadie Anjum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the second book in this series... as a follow on from the first book, we see the characters develop, so many changes, we see Ban turn into Valerius (it was a huge noooo moment for me, but it worked so well for the storyline); Breaca, the kids and Caradoc, a lot of significant changes, which moved the story forward. The fighting scenes completely drew me in, I looooved every single battle fought by the characters; and the last two chapters of the book had me on edge... wanting ...more
Neill Smith
Sep 14, 2013 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
As Breaca and Caradoc continue their fight against Scapula and the Roman invaders internecine feuds between the British tribes cause Caradoc to be captured by Cartimandua and delivered to Rome as a spectacle for the emperor, Claudius. Ban, Breaca's brother, has become a soldier in the Roman legion, believing his Eceni family dead or estranged and has built himself a life as a Roman. As the intrigue builds, both in Rome and Britain, old and new gods lead the antagonists in old and new battles and ...more
Elizabeth Beckett
Manda Scott writes very, very nicely and her character portrayal is excellent and believable.
However, this second book of the four book series was terribly drawn out and there wasn't a good reason for this. Of course, the real history has been significantly romanticised, which is intriguing, except that during the second book the story looses its edge.
I did not read books 3 and 4 for this reason. Knowing how the story of Boudicea plays out I suspected that the other two books would be equally d
The second excerpt in the series about the Roman invasion of Britian and the native forces who fought him. Featuring a woman warrior, Boudica, this one is more about her brother and how he lost his way. His family thought that he had died in a big war, but instead he was captured and not only lived in Rome, but became a Roman warrior. He came back to Britian and fought his prior countrymen without mercy. At the end of the book, he is faced with another decision and I am curious to see what he ch ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I eventually overcame the awkwardness of the Celtic/Iron Age names that I complained about in my review of Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica, #1) and grew to thoroughly enjoy the complexity of the emotions, trials and tribulations that transformed Ban of the Eceni into Valerius the ruthless soldier of Rome. I had a difficult time putting down the book and immediately devoured the next in the series, Dreaming the Hound (Boudica, #3).
Lorina Stephens
Competent writing, a talented story-teller, and excellent research all contribute to the entertainment value of this, the second book of Manda Scott's Boudica series.

My only quibble is purely personal taste in that with such a remarkable, historical backdrop I'm wondering why Scott had to wander so deeply into neo-pagan spiritualism and magic. The result, for this reader, diminishes the quality of the story and the skill of a writer otherwise comfortable with her craft.
May 18, 2010 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
unfortunately I started reading Book 2 before I realised that there was a Book 1 so some of the background was hazy though the author did cover most of the ground in the story. As a story of Roman times it was about a clash of cultures. Brutality and bravery in abundance on both sides at least to our way of thinking. Not sure about an historical relationship between Boudicca and Caractacus - though the switching relationships both heterosexual and homosexual on both sides seemed over the top!
Ted Hopkins
Aug 07, 2011 Ted Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The word "Dreaming" in the title of all four books in this series is important. The dream-like quality moves these books more towards fantasy than would normally be expected of historical fiction. Unlike Pauline Gedge's covering of the same ground, Scott occasionally delves into magic to advance her plot. Scott's Boudica and Caradoc are both very different characters than Gedge's. An absorbing read.
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Novelist, columnist and broadcaster MC Scott (aka Manda Scott) trained as a veterinary surgeon in Glasgow and worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Dublin, specialising in anaesthesia. A brief three year stint as a Director of the computer games company, Frontier Developments (Elite, Frontier First Encounter, Wallace and Gromit; Elite: Dangerous) bridged the gap from veterinary medicine to w ...more
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Boudica (4 books)
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