Wow what a journey Boudica goes through in raising a war host to fight against Rome. Even with many of the sacrifices to thBrilliant and Mind Blowing!
Wow what a journey Boudica goes through in raising a war host to fight against Rome. Even with many of the sacrifices to the gods and the dedication from the tribe warriors to include some of the Roman Soldiers who turned to Boudica's side the war was a brutal ending with great loss on each side.
The story that the author weaves is brilliant. This is not a fast pace read, it is filled with lots of details and must be savored to get the full effect of the feelings towards war and why the lands were stripped away. However just know that the smooth writing captures your heart and mind and sweeps you into an amazing story of sacrifice and victory.
The development of the characters and their emotions bleed from the pages right down into my own soul. I felt their pain and their victory of each kill. The action was intense and mind blowing in the brutal battles between the tribes and the Roman soldiers. It simply amazed me how these roman soldiers fought because they were told too, not because they wanted too - they had no choice but to fight or be killed by their own governor. At least the tribe warriors had a choice.
The tribe rituals and how they worship their god's totally tripped me out but believable for that time frame. I loved the tribal characters and loved Boudica's family. I didn't want this story to end even though Boudica left her spirit for fight to carry on in her children and their future children. I loved the emotional drama between Corvus (Roman Perfect) and Ban (Valerus) - it was bitter sweet in the end.
I think this is a more accurate account of how the men and women loved each other. I'm glad the author showed the females having female lovers and the male's having male lovers or even how the tribes had open relationships instead of being bound to marriage. It makes sense if you think about how long the men were left alone and away from their females - I am sure they would seek out some kind of comfort - what better way to do it than with your own battle buddy.
I know this story is only fiction in most part concerning a lot of the characters but the reality that the Boudica and the war host she raised was in fact the truth and gives our current day actions examples of what happens when greed and hatred bleeds into everyday life. I see our history repeating itself and that is sad. I know the author's comment is that we can change our ways and thinking and try not to repeat the past but from the study of history it is unstoppable. Even now as we sit here and read, we have the Muslim Brotherhood trying to take over ever part of the word and are causing wars unnecessary.
Thank you Manda Scott for writing Boudica's Dreaming and I hope for everyone's own sake that in our current lives that we have a better dreaming of a future that is not full of war. ...more
With this 3rd book in the 4 book series I can tell you each book gets into more dept of Boudica's life. The story is truly aAmazing and Mind Boggling!
With this 3rd book in the 4 book series I can tell you each book gets into more dept of Boudica's life. The story is truly amazing with the sacrifices that Boudica takes to ensure her leadership role for her tribe the Eceni in order to raise an army to push back Rome. The Romans see the Tribes as savages yet Rome's actions are brutally horrifying and worse than any savage actions. Rome's greed knows no boundaries and becomes hungry with their taxation of the tribes goods and eventually turns to taking the tribes people as human slaves.
Boudica's brother Ban or as we know him -Valerius- heals partly on Mona and becomes what he is suppose to be from the beginning - a dreamer. Valerius is now known as the warrior ghost to the Roman Army.
The whole story is just mind boggling in how these tribes were treated, how their lands were stripped from them and how they starved and lost everything they worked for. For instance, Boudica is Queen to King Pasutagos or "Tagos". Tagos is killed and the Curator learns of it and the first thing he does is pull out the Will made between Tagos and the Emperor. In this will, the Tribe King Tagos leaves 1/2 his land to the Emperor and the other half to his daughters. Problem is, Women meant nothing back then and since the daughters were either not of age or married they became the sole property of the Emperor and their belongings such as their lands became the Emperors as well.
I don't want to tell the story but Boudica would have lost everything if not for her Brother Ban/Valerius coming in time to stop the Curator from making the killing blow from a Lashing.
The Curator had dishonored Boudica's daughters by raping them since he could not kill them if they were still virgins so he had them raped in front of Boudica. The youngest daughter was 7 years old.
The ending is left open as Ban/Valerius and the Boudica make ready to raise an army to push back Rome.
The author's writing is smooth and the words are visionary keeping the reader glued to the book. Brilliant Writing is how I see this story because the author has captured the reality of history, how women (Boudica) came into the role of leadership, and at the same time probably without realizing it gives a slight glimps into the remaking of our own current world's future destruction.
I couldn't wait to jump immediately into the forth book "Dreaming the Serpent Spear." I look forward to learning how the Boudica and her Tribe along with the other Tribes in Britannia survive Rome's hungry greed and destruction.
On a side note - reading this as an older person I can see from my point of view since this story is based on true facts regarding the Boudica how history is repeating itself here in America. America is not that far gone to greed as Rome was right now but our country is heading that way fast with the government getting bigger and taxing the people or should I say bleeding them dry. Some may disagree with me but that is ok - they just can't see for the wool over their eyes.
The similarities are as such:
1. Eceni didn't believe in marriage and therefore slept with whom ever they desired and that meant it did not matter whether they were female or male - the author gives the reader the truth in how being with the same sex was a common practice.
**In our own world today, homosexuality is now becoming common and openly accepted. Also marriage is now not just between a man and woman - it is more common today to just live with someone vs marrying them.
2. Romes greed - taxing everyone and everything - out of control **Look at America's debt ratio and the tax hike that the American people are having to pay, look at how the IRS is getting away with stuff where only the rules apply to the American people but not the government. Just saying....more
Wow what an intense and graphically defined journey into the life of a Celtic Queen called Boudica. Her real name is BreacIntense & 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 to end. The everyday tribal life, their experiences, their rituals of dreaming and becoming a warrior was told in fascinating detail - brilliant writing. I felt as though I was among them experiencing everything they did from hunting, training, doing chores, and becoming a warrior. I totally related to their feelings and emotions.
I loved the historical culture of the tribes, how they worshiped and which gods they prayed to and how they could dream their futures. I loved how sacred they cherished their lands and their teaching ways.
From the author's notes the research for this story is gathered from records from Rome (Boudica's enemy)leading up to the revolt of A.D. 60-61 along with many archaeological findings and theories.
I did take some notes down since the book is pretty big and there were key players through out the book that will continue on into the next one. For instance:
Ban - is Breaca's brother - they have the same father but different mothers. Ban's tale had me almost weeping from all the brutal hardships he goes through - Kidnapped, beaten, enslaved, and raped. He eventually escapes and becomes a Roman soldier given a roman name "Julius Valerius Corvus". (1st name from his emperor, second for his sponsor) Ban and Corvus end up lovers (Male-Male love is mentioned - no erotic scenes) I also loved Ban's horse Crow - that horse rocked and his hound .
The other tribes were very interesting. The sons of the Sun Hound, also known as 3 different tribes. Amminios (traitor)- he was one to hate and he was a back stabber and ruthless, he raped, enslaved young boys, murdered for no reason, and he was for Rome.
Togodubnos - ruler of Trinovantes tribe - I respected how honorable he was
Caradoc - ruler of the tribe Ordovices. I loved Caradoc and kept waiting for him and Breaca to get together but it doesn't happen until the end of the book.
The book was full of lots of action and the war and attacks were brutal and the imagery was so surreal. Some of the tribes could be explained as savages the way they fought. Their killings consisted of be-headings, strung upon trees naked with their manhood cut, their balls stuffed in their mouths, and the tribes sign carved into their chest. Some warriors dressed wearing the skin of their kills, their scalps, or even tied their heads/skulls around their waist.
As far as the Roman's go, you see the build up of greed and how they overtake several tribes just for sport or thinking that if they could take the lands they could civilize the tribes and increase their export trades with full control.
The story was definitely intense. This is not a quick read, the wording is smooth and reads fast but with all the information and action I had to slow down so I wouldn't miss the historical meaning behind the story. I look forward to reading the second installment to learn of Boudica and Caradoc's life and children.
What a fascinating story paranormal lovers will eat up! I loved how the author totally emerges the reader intoA New Breed "Morphenkinder" is in town!
What a fascinating story paranormal lovers will eat up! I loved how the author totally emerges the reader into the story with her visionary words. I literally felt like I was watching a movie or even better I was right there with the characters experiencing everything.
From beginning to the end I was memorized with the mysterious Wolf Gift - Chrism and swept away with how this new breed Morphenkinder evolved and thrilled with their powers of being able to recognize or should I say sniff out evil. Actually I became addicted to each sentence as the Wolf Man brutally demolished killers, kidnappers, bullies, rapist, and individuals who tortured other people.
The character building was incredible, the insight to the feelings and desires of the Wolf Man conquered my heart as he tried to understand what was happening to him with each morphing and each kill whether it be human or animal in the woods.
There was a small romance in the story and that always keep the story interesting but there were so many other questions I wanted answers to and I just didn't want the story to end so I hope Anne Rice will write a second book regarding this new breed and continue the story behind each character that she introduced.
Anne Rice is truly a creative and brilliant writer and this book is another story of hers I will be keeping on my shelf and reading again and again.
Note: Bought at Book People Book Store in Austin Texas and met Anne Rice and got her to autograph the book. ...more
Wow! What an amazing adventure these two dedicated Cavers Bill Stone and Alexander Klimchouk went through all kinds of heart aches, trials anAmazing!
Wow! What an amazing adventure these two dedicated Cavers Bill Stone and Alexander Klimchouk went through all kinds of heart aches, trials and errors trying to reach their goal of finding the deepest cave in the world. Their dedication to their mission is overwhelmingly impressive. I admire them both for their endurance and accomplishments.
James Tabor did an excellent job telling their story. The writing was easy flowing and exciting to read. I thought this book would make an excellent movie because the descriptions the author gave made me feel like I was right there on the camp with the teams. It was unbelievable how death was always knocking at their door, I mean one forgotten routine or one wrong step could end your life tragically. Even though several lives were lost and all the political bull crap and religious beliefs amongst the region, Stone never gave up and kept on with the mission. It never fails that there will always be someone close by to try and knock you down or stop you from achieving your goal and Stone never let them stop him even after getting a divorce.
I really admire Bill Stone for everything he has acomplished trying to prove Cheve Cave in Oaxaca Mexico was the deepest cave in the world even though he knew his competition Alexandra Klimchouk was proving Krubera cave in Abkhazia was. As it turned out, Krubera Cave is the deepest cave at 7,188 and over 8 miles in length. Cheve Cave is currently at 4,869 in depth.
I am impressed with Stone's future goal of going to the moon and starting the first minning operation on the moon by 2017. I will be watching for that event for sure. Also, Stone invented an interplanetary robot named Endurance which NASA will be sending to Jupiter's moon Europa, where it will search for water. Very impressive indeed but even during his years striving to reach his goals he invented the rebreathers to replace scuba gear before the Navy did. I truly believe with a man like Stone in the picture, our scientific future is going to exceed limits we never thought would happen.
Great book over-all! What's amazing is that this isn't my usual type of read and I loved it.
What a joy to be able to read a book like this. Being a Mom and a Grandmother I could totally visualize my kidsAbsolutely Precious! Cute & Funny!
What a joy to be able to read a book like this. Being a Mom and a Grandmother I could totally visualize my kids and grand children going through some of these scenarios. All the stories were very cute and some had me busting out laughing as I envision the scene - absolutely comical.
Here is a small sample of one of the stories that had me laughing out loud.
From: Macy (and Buddy), Age: 4 years, Re: Me and my Buddy. "Dear Mommy,... "Why is Buddy taking a nap? I've only been chasing him for three hours. maybe he's hungry." So then I ask you for a snack but throw it on the floor for Buddy. But I think Buddy's still tired. Can you make him a cup of coffee? I gave him a sip of yours while you were in the bathroom, but he just stuck his tongue in it once, sneezed, and went back to sleep - but I think thats because he didn't want to drink your germs. Love, Macy"
Great follow up to end the Hunger Games Series. The thrill, the excitment, the horrors of a dictatorship war and the sacrificed individuals in this boGreat follow up to end the Hunger Games Series. The thrill, the excitment, the horrors of a dictatorship war and the sacrificed individuals in this book were protrayed beautifully.
Personally this type of society or leadership in this book makes my skin crawl and brings out a hatred towards anyone who tries to force socialism, dictatorship, or communism on any type of society and therefore needs to have their heads chopped off.
Even though I live in America the so called land of the free, I am old enough now to realize that it is not so free and that we are all just puppets letting leaders take advantage of us and take our freedoms away from us little by little. Its 2010 and this concept is happening faster than a blink of an eye as the political leaders in office try to turn/destroy our country into a socialized country.
I'd like to think of myself as someone like Katness who would be the first one there fighting back when America gets completely out of control and be able to kill all the idiots who try to take my freedom and rights away.
This book was so much better than the last one and I have to say that honestly I thought this series could of been wrapped up in two books. This book flowed smoothly and kept my interest through every turned page.
It was truly amazing of all the things Katness and Peeta went through and it was nice to know that they did get through it and end up together and having children of their own. Hopefully the lessons learned from Katness and Peeta will be passed on to their children so that the experiences will never be stowed upon anyone else in the future....more
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who have read the stories of King Author and have only got a glimps of what Merlin the Wizard'sI really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who have read the stories of King Author and have only got a glimps of what Merlin the Wizard's roll was in Author's life and what was Merlin's life was like when he was a young child and how he grew up - the history behind the wizard you could say.
This first book starts out when Merlin is just a 6 year old boy known as Merlin the bastered. This book tells the tell of how Merlin grew up, what his mother was all about and how she ended up in the end since she never once told Merlin who his father was or even her own father for that matter for she never married.
However, by the time Merlin turns 13, events happen within his grandfathers castle and Merlin runs away but end up in the hands of theives that are actually spys of another king known as Ambrosius - the king of Little Britian who later becomes King of all Great Britian with the help of Merlin.
Merlin does find out who his father is shortly after he was taken by the spys to Ambrosius kingdom. Ambrosius eyes are shocked when he looks into his own face of a 13 year old boy which he later figures out that Merlin is his own son.
The story is great and goes on to tell the great battles of how Ambrosius takes Britian with the help of Merlin. Eventually Ambrosius dies but his brother Uther takes his place as king and then the tables turn as Uther wants what is not his and sleeps with the Duke Gorlois's wife Ygraine while Gorlois is in battle with Uthers own soldiers. Author is conceived this night and the story continues in the next book.
It was great, I had to force myself to put the book down so I could get some sleep.
The next book in the series is "The Hollow Hills" which takes off when Author is born and his life growing up....more
Great story - this book is a great example of what socialism is like - the government in control. This book really gets to me because it is an exampleGreat story - this book is a great example of what socialism is like - the government in control. This book really gets to me because it is an example of what could happen in todays (2009) time where the government is forcing socialism unto the people - this story is all about the control the government has over the people by forcing them to do what they do not want to do and if you don't do what they say, a whole part of the country is destroyed.
You have to read the first book to get how the government is set up and how they choose their victums for their hunger games. This second book is all about how one victum wins the games by her own rebellion and she causes the people in the different districts to uprise and fight back even though the government throws her back into the games.
With the stories twist, the game never ends because the uprising pulls the victums out and vanishes off to a district that was thought to be destroyed years ago. The book leaves the story to be continued....more
I highly recommend this book to everyone. This is a great example of what dictatorship is like and real close to a form of socialism and it saddens meI highly recommend this book to everyone. This is a great example of what dictatorship is like and real close to a form of socialism and it saddens me that this kind of thing is what is coming to our own country with all the idiots we have in our political offices. This was a great book and it was one I couldn't put down....more