You can see the stars through the smoke hole in a roundhouse. And the moon if the angle of declension is kind. Smoke leaks out slowly, drifting across the rafters and carrying the odd fragment of burning ash. If you lie on your back and let your eyes go soft, the circle of the smoke hole blends eventually with the triangle, then the square, then the pentangle, then, finally, the hexagon of the supporting beams in a spinning geometry of dreams. At least it did in the one in which I lay in Wales, in the summer between completing the first of the Boudica novels and starting the second. This is the value of retrospective research; it's relaxed and fun and it bolsters the thin threads of imagination on which the whole edifice of a fictional narrative is woven, and adds new things.
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In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome.
It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilization and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire. In the company of a supreme storyteller, the reader is plunged into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where horses and dogs and the landscape itself become characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory.
Above all, it is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons - to read it is to discover our history, to learn about ourselves and our heritage.
Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us". Manda Scott is one of the great storytellers of our time. Over the past two decades she has brought iconic historical figures back to life, re-imagined and rebooted for the 21st Century. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages. Her most recent novel is Into The Fire.
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Utterly convincing and compelling. Breathtakingly good. The lyric prose captivates, the characters ensare. The legendary queen Boudica breathes, lives and absolutely rivets. In the company of a supreme storyteller, the reader is plunged into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where horses and dogs and the landscape itself become characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory.
Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle
Boudica Series Manda Scott. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt. Dreaming the Serpent-Spear. It has been twenty years since the Romans first occupied Britannia, and the rebellion by Boudica and her people nears its bloody climax.
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