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A Year of Ravens: A Novel of Boudica's Rebellion

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Britannia: land of mist and magic clinging to the western edge of the Roman Empire. A red-haired queen named Boudica led her people in a desperate rebellion against the might of Rome, an epic struggle destined to consume heroes and cowards, young and old, Roman and Celt . . . and these are their stories.

A calculating queen sees the sparks of revolt in a king’s death.

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Published November 2015
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
"We made Rome tremble," ... "We shook an empire to its core."

The story of Boudica 's rebellion against the Romans told from multiple points of view written by several authors.
This was an interesting book. As always with a compilation piece, some stories had an edge on the others but actually they were all good. We hear from a slave girl of the Iceni tribe, an Iceni son grown up as hostage with the Romans, Duro, the war chief for the Iceni, the Roman tax collector who instigated the who
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Historically speaking, anthologies haven’t worked well for me, but books like Grand Central and A Day of Fire have slowly changed my opinion of the format. I wouldn’t consider myself a true fan just yet, but I’m not outright opposed that’s saying something considering past experiences.

Though a novel in an of itself, the book is structured with the reader in mind. Should any section fail to interest, the audience is free to m
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
If you've ever harbored the suspicion or opinion that historical fiction is a genre just of corsets, heaving bodies, and royal bedhopping, this book will change your opinion. If you know how rich, violent, and disturbing historical fiction can be, this book will make you cackle with delight.

Set in 60 AD, this episodic novel follows the rebellion of Boudica and the native peoples of the UK against the Romans. Despite the fact that this book is penned by seven authors -- each chapter follows a dif
Stephanie Thornton
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Year of Ravens is a unique look at Boudica's rebellion against Rome. Seven different authors have told the story through seven different lenses, so you get the grit of battle from the perspective of a Roman warrior, the magic of the isle of Mona as told by a young druid, and the aftermath of the rebellion as seen through the eyes of Boudica's young daughters. What I really loved about the story was how the authors played with preconceived notions of several of the characters. Decianus, the Roman ...more
4,5 stars

I’ve wanted to learn more about Boudica but haven’t actually read any books about her so this was really fascinating read. I’ve never been fan of the Romans and this didn’t make me like then any more… Although the Britons nor the Iceni were any better really…

The book consist works by seven writers and I loved how well they worked together. Some characters feature on multiple stories and while written by different authors you still feel that it’s the same character. I’ve never read a col
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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This anthology boasts some of my favorite historical fiction writers and ones who collaborated so well with their Pompeii-centric anthology A Day of Fire. There were some new voices (SJA Turney, Ruth Downie, etc.) added to the mix this time around and though new to me, they were fitting additions to the known talents of Knight, Quinn, Dray, and Shecter. Spanning just the year-ish long rebellion of the infamous Iceni Queen and told through s
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"A Year of Ravens" is the story of Boudica, the warrior queen of Brittania who fought Rome. It's broken up into mini stories all surrounding Boudica's rebellion. Each story is written by a different author! This is the second historical fiction release by The H Team, a collection of some of my favorite HF writers. Their first book was "A Day of Fire." This time around, some of the previous writers are not there and have been replaced by other great HF writers.

A continuity is such a great way to
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ll be honest with you, collaborative works of fiction aren’t something I’m particularly experienced with. If anything I tend to have a prerequisite for them being a weak link in the literary canon. Why, you may ask? Well, prior to reading A Year of Ravens, I was of the mind that a novel constructed of numerous different stories each written by a different author was a recipe for a bit of a floppy narrative. I just couldn’t see how the works of different writers, each with different styles, wou ...more
Paul Bennett
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
it's a good one, boys and girls - full review coming

A collaborative effort of seven authors, A Year of Ravens tells the tale of the Iceni Queen, Boudica and her rebellion against Rome. While the cause and effects of the war are admirably presented, it is the characters that drive this emotion packed, soul searching, heartstring tugging story(or rather stories). From the beginning the readers are treated to a seamless transition from author to author and the way each of them puts their own marks
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle, 2016
I really loved this book. I was worried about the format- anthology of POVs around Boudica, but nothing from the woman herself, but I shouldn't have worried. Boudica's silence means we're forced to understand her through her actions and influence on others. It's uncomfortable; she isn't the hero or the myth, she's a woman with a goal.

Besides Boudica, the characters telling their stories are grounded and funny and heartbreaking. Whether it's the story of a slave girl, or a Druid priest or highbo
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an epic novel based before, during and after the time period of Boudica’s uprising against the Romans. It is an incredibly imaginative and moving tale and we are introduced to many vivid characters. What makes this novel even more impressive is that it is separated into multiple parts, each one written by a different author. These are separate stories and yet they weave together to create one vast perspective of Boudica’s rebellion. It is truly amazing what these talented authors have be ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh. Where do I begin?

So, the introduction was fantastic. I was so pleased that Cartimandua was chosen to lead the way into this intensely gripping collection of stories. Anyway - I suppose I am a little too excited, and a little too sleep deprived, to precisely inform anyone that reads this poor review what exactly made everything so fantastic.

Beyond Stephanie's strong introduction, we were led to an intriguing cast of characters; each section of the compiled stories focused on a different per
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When asked to review a book about this utterly fascinating woman I couldn’t say yes fast enough. To be honest I didn’t even notice the fact that the book was written by seven different people until it arrived. I just find Boudica so intriguing. So little is really known about her yet she exerts her pull on history with her remarkable story.

If you don’t know anything about the Queen of the Iceni at the time of the Roman occupation of what we now call Great Britain. The Romans wanted and wanted an
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A brutal and gruesome story of war. Boudica vs the might of the Empire of Rome. This is not a romanticized story of a frail queen who revolts against big, bad Rome, but of an indominable warrior queen who rises up and dares to challenge the empire. (think Star Wars with a different ending).

For those who are unfamiliar with the history, Boudica is an Iceni (celtic) queen, wife of King Prastagus. He is a client king of Rome, meaning, he is allowed to remain in power as king as long as he bends to
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can read a full review with all of my thoughts here on my blog:

The book is a unique collaborative project by seven authors with seven separate yet connected stories of the events leading up to the final battle and aftermath. It addresses the issues that I touched on in the pre-history discussion including reasons for a Client Ruler's acceptance and alliance of Roman governance. It also gives us an understanding of various Roman perspectives. Not every
Reeda Booke
This novel tells the story of the Boudica rebellion in 60 A.D. against the power of Rome. Told by seven authors and from the point of view of different characters, this story was a hard, raw look at war in all it's glory.

Even though the book was penned by seven of my favorite historical fiction authors, it was amazingly cohesive and well thought out. Each character brought a unique perspective of the rebellion, either from a Briton or Roman point of view. I loved all of the characters, except fo
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not know what to expect from this book. A novel coming from the combined works of multiple authors - surely an exercise much like herding cats bringing so many creative types together. On the plus side I recognised and am an ardent fan of at least 3 of the names, so I gave it a go.

One word summary: - Superb. So many different takes on the same events, each author bringing their own style and slant on the story, each part giving us a tale from a different character's perspective, as a whole
"For the Romans are wrong; it does not all begin and end with them. It all begins and ends with ravens. Ravens, who have seen all the great tragedies of the world unfold, and whose cry is eternal."

I enjoyed this novel in seven parts every bit as much as I enjoyed A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii (another collaborative work produced by some members of this talented group of authors). I knew only the most basic facts of Boudica's rebellion against the Romans, and I haven't read much historical fi
I started reading A Year of Ravens with a little trepidation, only because I have never read one book written by 7 different authors. Plus I make it a rule never to read reviews of what I am reading, but when I see 4 and (mostly) 5 stars ratings flying around that does something to the old expectation levels. That being said, being familiar with 4 of the writers I knew a real treat was in order and I was not disappointed.

Historical fiction is a favorite of mine, especially lesser know figures, w
Review also at Historical Readings & Reviews

The dream team are back! Okay, it's not exactly the same team of authors that produced A Day of Fire: a novel of Pompeii, but some of the same authors are involved and it's the same concept. They are calling themselves The H Team on Facebook.

Just like A Day of Fire, each author tells an individual story with different yet overlapping characters which are woven together to tell a greater story, that of a monumentally tragic event in history. In this cas
Angela Lowery
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Interesting

This is a very good book. I have never read a book written in this format with several different authors each telling a story with all of the stories weaving together into one larger story. I would definitely recommend this book. Some stories were more interesting than others. For instance, I am just personally not a fan of reading about battle scenes and one of the stories seemed to have a lot of that going on... But, other than that I really did like this book a lot! :)
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to Erin by: Goodreads
Ever since I read A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii last year, I have been waiting to see what subject my favorite historical fiction writers would tackle next. This time it is Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, who raised an army against the mighty Roman Empire. A woman that I first heard about when I was studying Scottish history in university. Like its predecessor, A Year of Ravens: A Novel of Boudica's Rebellion, is more like a novel, the characters of each individual story, run parallel and cris ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love when these guys get together and just write the crap out of something. Man, these guys make magic, wonderful beautiful magical historical fiction.
Heather C
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Last year I read the two historical fiction collections that were released in this new style of anthology where each story interconnects with each other: Grand Central and A Day of Fire. I loved both of these collections for how each short story stood on its own and then how they tied together to comprise a greater novel as a whole. So when I heard that some of the authors from A Day of Fire were getting together to write a novel of Boudica’s rebellion, I knew I was definitely reading this one – ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog,


I’m not a huge fan of short stories. I’d rather read a whole book about the same characters and their stories. But last year, I read A DAY OF FIRE , which showed the last days of Pompeii through six different characters in six different stories. All of the characters interacted in some way, and there were several plotlines that carried through the whole book. I really enjoyed A DAY OF FIRE, and so when I saw several of the same authors
Deborah Pickstone
4.5 stars

What made this collaboration not as good (to me) as A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii is hard to define. I think that after reading Manda Scott's Dreaming the Eagle series it was always going to be a hard act to follow (if you love that series like I love that series). It was points of issue that made it a bit less, somehow. Also, I have re-read The Eagle and the Raven at least a gazillion times. So, it is very hard to retell such an......archetypal story. I was a bit wary of some of th
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When you take seven authors...and put them together, would you expect a cohesive, wonderfully written novel? Would you think that seven seemingly individual stories would come together to blend as one astonishing novel? I imagine that your answers are varied but my own answer is "yes". And I was not disappointed. I held no illusion that these delightful talents would enthrall me. I wanted to read this long before I knew the subject matter....a feat that is rare, that is for certain.

If some of th
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Love seems like a weak word compared to how much I enjoyed this absolutely fantastic story. I should have known when I saw the writers involved that it would be a fantastic, exciting, informative and thrilling story. Honestly, I have never ever heard of Boudica (personally we should all be grateful for historical fiction because it really enlightens us to people or stories that either not heard about or pushed back beca
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Wow. If all anthologies were written in such a gripping and cohesive manner, please give me more!

A Year of Ravens brings to life the tale of Boudica's doomed rebellion against the Romans in AD60/61. Piece by piece, each contributor spins a tale, slowly uncovering different facets of the rebellion, and the result is a glorious, multi-layered story.

Comprised of 7 standalone stories told chronologically, each held their own but really shined when read together as a whole, complete story. Special m
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm not surprised this anthology is anything less than excellent. The seven authors featured are all outstanding writers, their collective talent unfolds in this exceptional collection.

Boudica's rebellion is bloody and vicious lending merit to its historical facts matched with fiction. Queen Boudica is one fierce warrior heroine set to conquer the Romans sans romanticism. Stellar research shown as seven individual stories tightly knit together flawlessly. This collection is not for the faint of
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