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Dreaming the Eagle | [Manda Scott]

Dreaming the Eagle

In 33 A.D., the 11-year-old Breaca (later Boudica, or "Bringer of Victory") longs to become a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but, having killed her mother's killer, has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle sweeps from the turmoil of battle to the intimacy of Boudica's loving relationship with her brother, Ban; from the fight for honor to the magic of an animistic natural world that speaks back to the Celtic tribes.
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Publisher's Summary

England's Queen Boudica, who led her warriors to defend the Celtic culture against the Roman incursion in the first century A.D., has come to captivate the historical imagination. Scott's novel, the first in a planned trilogy, animates Boudica's adolescence with the verve of an eyewitness account.

In 33 A.D., the 11-year-old Breaca (later Boudica, or "Bringer of Victory") longs to become a Dreamer, a mystical leader who can foretell the future, but, having killed her mother's killer, has proven herself a warrior. Dreaming the Eagle sweeps from the turmoil of battle to the intimacy of Boudica's loving relationship with her brother, Ban; from the fight for honor to the magic of an animistic natural world that speaks back to the Celtic tribes.

©2003 Manda Scott; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Imaginative." (Booklist)
"A truly remarkable story full of wonderful atmosphere....Intensely exciting, a tale of passion, courage, and heroism against huge odds, which is intensely moving." (Publishing News)

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    Liza Winston-Salem, NC, USA 09-02-04
    Liza Winston-Salem, NC, USA 09-02-04 Member Since 2004
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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    This book was a great surprise. I read reviews of it on Amazon, which were not as good as I hoped for given the content, but got it anyway and am I ever pleased. The story grabs you right at the beginning and tugs at your heart strings (listen to the sample). I listened to the whole thing in like 4 days at work, just couldnt wait to hear what was going to happen.

    The story is equally split between the lives of the main charecter Breaca and her brother Ban, and the narrator does a great job of changing her voice to suit the different charecters so you know right away which is talking when. Best of all you really get invested in them. I cant tell you how many tears I shed. Charecter development is fantastic as well.

    Celtic myth enthusiasts, particularly those who know the "old gods" and the legend of Boudica, who enjoy a good retelling with the author's personal flair, will love this book. And men, the book is inundated with battle scenes, in "graphic" detail - so theres much there for you too. :)

    Audible when are you getting the sequel "Dreaming the Bull"? :)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Spotsylvania, VA, USA 09-13-08
    Ronald Spotsylvania, VA, USA 09-13-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrific Book"

    This is a book that's hard to pause! The first part is a little slow, and the pace picks up dramatically about a third of the way through - from there on, it's captivating. As an added bonus, Josephine Bailey is the best narrator you can wish for. Too bad the three sequels are not publised as audiobooks.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 01-26-05
    Stephen Poughkeepsie, NY, USA 01-26-05
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    "A beautiful fictionalization of an ancient story"

    There appears to be very little beyond the basics of Boudicca's rebellion in the historical record (at least given my limited reading). Certainly I have seen few details of her childhood. This novel is a fictionalization of that childhood and her growth from child to warrior of Mona and it does an admirable job of that. With few exceptions, I was riveted from beginning to end. My only real question is when book 2 will be added to Audible.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie USA 08-25-04
    Carrie USA 08-25-04
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    "Great Book!!!!!"

    This book was one of the best book I have read in a very longtime. the story line was wonderful and it kept you on the edge of your set.
    Can't wait to read or listen to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter vejle, Denmark 12-01-10
    Peter vejle, Denmark 12-01-10
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    "Super"

    Great storie !!! It was a pleasure to listen to. Josephine Bailey does a very good job with this one. Please give us "Dreaming the Bull" soon !!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald P Rolph Spotsylvania, VA United States 09-13-08
    Ronald P Rolph Spotsylvania, VA United States 09-13-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrific Book"

    This is a book that's hard to pause! The first part is a little slow, and the pace picks up dramatically about a third of the way through - from there on, it's captivating. As an added bonus, Josephine Bailey is the best narrator you can wish for. Too bad the three sequels are not publised as audiobooks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Arlington, VA, USA 09-07-04
    Rachel Arlington, VA, USA 09-07-04
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    "boring, hard to understand"

    I knew a little about the history of Queen Bouica, her famous victimhood from a vicious beating by Roman soldiers and the rape of her daughters, after which she goes literally mad and starts a scrotched earth campaign.

    This book had NONE of that history. The only interesting bit about the Queen's life is not even apart of this story.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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