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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Manda Scott Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Boudica Series Release Date:
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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 realized, 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 honor as much as victory, a world of passion, courage, and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.

This novel stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/15/2014

    " Except for the complicated Gaelic names of people and places that take up a great deal of the pages of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. An exciting story of the tribes of what is now England, in the time of Caligula, when Rome was bent on conquering the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " 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 only thing that occasionally throws me off is how the book jumps forward in time. I was really into the story and then it abruptly jumped several years into the future and I had to get into it all over again. Other than that though, really unique and original book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lora | 2/11/2014

    " It was okay. Little boring. I made myself read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanna | 1/21/2014

    " A stranger in a coffee shop was reading this book and we struck up a conversation about it. The next time I saw her she let me borrow it ... It started a little slow for me but once it got moving I was hooked. The entire series is awesome. "

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