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Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,153 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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 a
Published November 30th 2002 by Bantam Press
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Pretty awful.

Feminist, spiritual 'in tune with mother nature' noble savages vs. corrupted, morally paedophilic Romans. Like 'Avatar' without the pretty.

Overly contrived and obvious plot devices, no real sense of character - characters only described by hair and eye colour, or she tells us 'they had an ironic sense of humour' without it being evident.

Some beautiful descriptive writing but in the end I simply didn't care if anyone lived or died, I positively hoped the Romans would come and buil
One of my favorite series. Based on Boudica, the Warrior Queen of the Celts, a historical figure dating to the first century. She united the scattered tribes of Britian and fought to drive back the Roman invaders who threatened their way of life and their very existence.
Not much is known about her life and this is a novel examining how her life may have been.
Filled with historical figures as well as fictional characters, it is an entralling read.
I love Celtic themes and have found Boudica an in
I really liked this book.
In fact, I think I may have even hugged it for a while after finishing it. Actually, that sounds weird, so forget I just said that.

Manda Scott is a very talented historical fiction writer. She does it well and should do it often.

There are only two things that I didn't like about this book and the other books in this series (although I have only read 2 and a half of them so far). One thing I don't like is Scott's excessively lateral way of thinking when it comes to spirit
Ronda  Tutt
Intense & Amazing Story!

Wow what an intense and graphically defined journey into the life of a Celtic Queen called Boudica. Her real name is Breaca but later becomes known as Boudica - She who brings Victory. This is the first installment that dives into a moment of life when young Breaca (Boudica)'s tribe (Eceni) is attacked and she makes her first kill by pure luck but at the same time experiences the loss of her mother from the same attack.

The story totally captivated me from beginning t
Seana James
Awesome book and awesome series. I'm really surprised that it hasn't gotten more notice particularly for its historical accuracy and its rousing battle scenes and human drama. Boudica, that old Roman-lover's bogie, has been transformed into a real hero reflective of her time and her culture. Making her first kill defending her mother, Breaca (as she is named then) is thrust into the adult world, like many heroes, before she is done growing, but her people's need is great and her destiny is appro ...more
Bryn Hammond
Pulpy around the edges so that I feel indulgent, but few books lose me in themselves like this, why not five stars? I have been gobbled up by this book. Not the other way around.

Too much action-oriented hf bores me to tears and a Manda Scott is rare, who involves me, who even describes a fight with true excitement, not those tedious literal battles. The likes of Bernard Cornwell never made my heart race but Manda Scott knows how to.

The first thing that jumps out is that there is a world behind
Weaving together biography and the spirit of the fantasy genre, Scott presents one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read. This felt like a work of love and mighty ambition, scripting the sparse record and passionately created storyline of Boudica around vivid characters and historical fact. The events of the story match up pretty well with what I know of Roman history in the first century AD, and this is impressive considering how the wave of fictional elements builds up in perfec ...more
I'm going to commit what may seem like a cardinal sin here and review the book before having read it all though for good reason.

If you're someone who enjoys historical fiction that gets going within four or five chapters, ramping up either the action, intrigue, character development or such like in that time, avoid this book. So little happens in the first half dozen chapters that it feels like far more like a vacuum than a book that's actually going anywhere.

The opening chunk of this book is so
Apparently this is a historical fiction but after reading it I think that more emphasis was placed on the fiction. I'm used to reading young adult lit which typically has a larger font making a larger book read very quickly. This book is over 400 pages of smaller font. It takes longer than I'm used to get through a page making this feel like a long read. I think that overall the characters were well developed, but there were some times when the timeline did not work well for me. The book is sect ...more
This is a wonderful book-and the foundation for the saga that comes next. It is historically extensive and creatively written. By the time I was finished I couldn't wait to get to the next one, in my case basically because characterization is VERY important in a great series of books. I already cared about the characters-some of them animals-refreshing and new to me. Obviously, Scott's experiences and knowledge as a veterinarian-not to mention extensive research-add a whole new dimension to her ...more
Although I really enjoy books about Britain and their battles to free themselves from ancient Rome's rule, this book was very hard to get into and I did not enjoy it. I echo the sentiments of one reviewer:

"Pretty awful.

Feminist, spiritual 'in tune with mother nature' noble savages vs. corrupted, morally paedophilic Romans. Like 'Avatar' without the pretty.

Overly contrived and obvious plot devices, no real sense of character - characters only described by hair and eye colour, or she tells us 'the
Morgan Dhu
Dreaming the Eagle is the first of Manda Scott's historical fantasy quartet based on the life of Boudica, leader of the Iceni - one of several British tribes that rebelled against Rome in the early years after the Claudian conquest.

Very little is known about Boudica, or indeed about any of the inhabitants of Britain prior to the Roman conquest, and most of what is known, come to us through the eyes of the victorious Romans, who looked at the British tribes and saw barbarians. Thus the writer wh
Before "Brave", there was "Boudica".
This book might not be for everyone but I quite loved it. I've always enjoy reading Historical fiction and "Boudica" was a great addition focusing on a strong female figure.
Graham Crawford
I am enjoying this series more than the "Rome" series. The style seems a bit more literary- Not quite a Hilary Mantel, but certainly in Mary Stewart's league.

The Boudica series justifiably deserves all the accolades it's won. I'm very impressed by the level of detail in the research. All too often in these sorts of novels we get descriptions of political machinations but little description of everyday life. This book covers all comprehensively but without feeling like an infodump. I always enjo
This book was a HUGE disappointment.

This story takes forever to get even remotely interesting and I found I had to force myself to keep reading until the end of chapters. The majority of the characters have completely age-inappropriate emotions and relationships and the events in their lives are incredibly unrealistic. The book has pedophiliac undertones and describes the majority of Romans as maniacal Homosexuals.

A story that was described as a tale of a Celtic warrior with epic battles turned
I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect but sometimes the novel seemed too 'New Age' for my taste. These Britons reminded me of Native Americans, because of their visions, guardian animals or birds, and 'kill feathers.' They also reminded me of Native Americans, in that their country was overwhelmed by a militarily superior force. I have a different conception of Boudica in my mind because of other reading; she was not believable. I enjoyed more the story of her brother, Bán. I'd find myself ski ...more
I really loved this book. My mom's friend lent it to her and I ended up picking it up after she was done with it. I thought I was getting into a historical fiction and was surprised to find so many of my favorite fantasy elements in place as well. Boudica, real person, Romans conquering every civilization that can sink they're swords into, real events, but then there are the visions, and energy of the gods and tons of subtle mystical events. Also, the writing style is wonderfully detailed. The o ...more
Antes que se assustem com o número de páginas, saibam que esse livro não funciona, se você quiser ler tudo em uma tacada só (pelo menos não funcionou comigo). Isso porque o livro tem como tema central a Britânia tribal, ou seja, vamos encontrar tribos e as suas respectivas tradições que formaram a Inglaterra de hoje. Assim, a obra é carregada de conceitos históricos, detalhes e mais detalhes, nomes e outras coisinhas mais que podem carregar um pouco, se quisermos acabar logo.
Minha experiência co
Alethea Bothwell
This had two strikes against it to begin with, as far as I was concerned: I didn't like the spelling of the name, and I don't much enjoy reading about lost causes. But this was only the first volume of a trilogy, and the cause wasn't completely lost by the end of the book. (Should I have posted a spoiler alert?)
Quite a lot of this is made up, which I didn't mind all that much, given that very little is known about the people involved (and that little written by their enemies). I enjoyed her de
Feb 25, 2015 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adult/historical
I don't know much about this era of my history (embarrassed cough), and I am glad I read this book, although the author does point out it is fiction. As a novice for this era, I am not sure how much of the detail is made up (all the spirit animals, and dead animals as clothes accessories for instance).

I found the book fairly engaging. My main criticism is that it seemed to jump around quite a bit, and you would find yourself 3 years later, with quite a lot having happened in between times, but
Laura Hutchinson
Perhaps an attempt to write the 'Mists of Avalon' featuring a real historical character, this book fell flat on its face for me. Characters described only by their hair and eyes, a winsome heroine who is just magically successful at anything she turns her hand to, a ham-fisted sense of destiny throughout. I don't think the author has any real sense of the period - the book is missing the insightful touches about cooking - eating, all the things that really bring a historical novel to life. Inste ...more
Lorina Stephens
The historical heroine Boudica is one who has always fascinated me: warrior woman, leader of the legendary Eceni, fierce defender of her homeland, nemesis of the might of Rome. So it was with relish I picked up the first of a series of novels about Boudica by British author, Manda Scott. I was not disappointed.

Scott's realization of Boudica and her development as the leader of her people is a well-researched, richly detailed historical novel without the usual descent into romantic saccharine usu
Love, Love ,LOVE this series. I cried right along with the characters.I think the story Manda Scott tells here will be carried with me in my spirit journeys as well as my day to day life. Excellent read!
I learned a lot about horses from this book. I'm not sure if that was the authors intent.
I had trouble keeping track of the names of people and tribes, especially at the beginning. Some parts progressed a bit slowly and it took a while for me to get into it, but by 150 pages I was hooked.

I am still unsure about the use of the word "corn" in the book. I know, especially in a British context, corn can mean cereal grains rather than maize, but the few times corn was mentioned it really sounded like the author meabt maize. however, that was ambiguous and she clearly did her research on
Too much "fluff" in the first 100 pages! Then the story got better.
Facts relating to this book.

Boudicca was a British Celtic warrior queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation ... An excerpt from The Annals by Tacitus, written 109 C.E., detailing the story of the rebellion of Celtic tribes in Britain against the Romans, led by the warrior queen Boudicca who died 61AD. At this time Ireland was known as Hibernia.

Boudicca's story was nearly forgotten until Tacitus' work, Annals, was rediscove
I've just begun this, p1 of the trilogy based on the life of Boudica. Impressed at how the author makes it read in parts almost as a chronicle written by her contemporaries. Not sure if this was intentional, but certain passages read that way-hope it continues!

And continue in this mould, it did! A long and involved work, which impressed with it's attention to detail, and the vast amout of information about the life and times of the Eceni clan. It was confusing in parts (mainly due to the sheer v
This book was the first in 4 (I think) about the life of the Celtic warrior queen Boudica (who goes by Breaca in the beginning of this story). This story starts with Breaca as a child of 12 killing a man who is from a tribe that is enemies with the Eceni tribe (of which Breaca is a member). This is her first kill, and therefore the start of her journey as a warrior. This book is full of Celtic myth, tragedy, magic, and fantasy. The Eceni tribe is filled with dreamers, hunters, warriors, storytel ...more
Gail Amendt
I had a hard time rating this book as it took me a long time to read it, largely because life got in the way, but also partly because it took me a long time to get into it. Once I got into it, it was quite interesting, and I have to suspect that my enjoyment of it would have been far greater if I had been able to read it at my usual pace, rather than just a few pages at a time. I would say three and a half stars would be a fair assessment of my enjoyment, but I am giving it the benefit of the do ...more
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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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