Dreaming the Eagle

Dreaming the Eagle

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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 and eleven-year-old Breaca (later named Boudica), the red-haired daughter of one of the leaders of the Eceni tribe, is on the cusp between girl and womanhood. She longs to be a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but having killed the man who has attacked and killed her mother, she has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle is also the story of the two men Boudica loves most: Caradoc, outstanding warrior and inspirational leader; and Bàn, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe's history. Bàn becomes the Druid whose eventual return to the Celts is Boudica's salvation. Dreaming the Eagle is full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic -- where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed -- to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676975598
0676975593
Branch Call Number: FIC Scott
Characteristics: 542 p. : map. --

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RenGrrl Jun 11, 2012

Fabulous read! A great re-imagining of early British history.

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TNT797
Sep 08, 2011

Is this book going to be available any time soon?

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TheSponge
Apr 15, 2011

First in a series about tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion. Historical fiction, adventure and a real page turner. Can't wait to read the next book!

Excellent historical fiction. Very fast paced, enjoyable reading material.

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