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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.

AD 57: much of Britannia has been under Roman occupation for more than 10 years, and tribes pay costly tithes to the emperor in return for the right to continue living on their own lands.

On the sacred isle of Mona, the Boudica, or ‘Bringer of Victory’ as Breaca has long been hailed, now knows for certain that her lover, Caradoc - betrayed, captured and kept hostage in Rome - will never return to her. She leaves Mona, where she and her warriors have been waging a guerrilla war, and takes the fight to the Eceni heartland where it is needed most. With her are her children, Cunomar and Grainne, and her best friend from childhood, ex-lover and dreamer Airmid.

But the once proud Eceni are a downtrodden and defeated people who are forbidden on pain of death to worship their old gods. Across the sea in Hibernia, Breaca’s half-brother, Bán, is struggling to make peace with his fractured past. Soon, provoked by Roman aggression, he will sail to Britannia where he and Breaca will face down the might of Rome in the bloodiest revolt the Western world has ever known.

©2005 Manda Scott (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing

Critic Reviews

"The best in the current crop of novels about Rome, its empire and its victims...never sentimental and always tough-minded." (The Independent)

"A powerful novel, alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and the heroics of humanity." (Jean M. Auel)

"Scott has teased a few facts from the ancient record to create an absorbing story from history and myth." (Publishers Weekly)

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page turner, breathe taking and heart breaking



I just finished the fourth novel in the Boudicca series by Manda Scott. One more to go.
I LOVE historical fiction and the legend of The Boudicca and her right hand (female) druid, are very much a personal favorite.
Manda weaves a story woven in fantasy and historical fact.
I'm in tears. I knew what was going to happen to her daughters, and i know what happens next...
Yet still, I cried in gasps and sobs all the way through it.
Extraordinarily well written, with the authors notes and comments.
I cannot recommend a series more.
Outlander, be damned.

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Impressive series

I enjoyed the story line of the progression of Boudica the warrior of Mona to the responsibility to her people. I also enjoyed the counter story of Bon/Valarius and his struggle to become the dreamer he was always meant to be.

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Wonderful!

I love this series so much! It is well researched, and transports you back in time. I didn’t want it to end. Great narration too.

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  • 01-03-21

Spellbinding. A great end to the trilogy.

This has been a truly wonderful reading experience during 2020, a year in which I have needed the comfort and solace of books and the world of imagination more than ever before.

Manda Scott has managed to create a completely plausible and believable world which brings ancient history to life. I absolutely loved the world of the Iceni and the other tribes of ancient Britons, their customs, their beliefs and their society, where women could be rulers, warriors and leaders.

These books will stay with me for a long time and I now want to know more about ancient Britain so will explore other stories and texts.

Throughout the trilogy the quality of the narration has been excellent and each of the narrators has created a memorable character in my mind, characters that seemed very real.

Absolutely brilliant.

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  • Sarah P.
  • 11-16-20

This is our indigenous landscape at it's best.

I am deep in this series, in awe and learning about our lost culture. This is our indigenous landscape at it's best.
The narrators are captivating and without doubt keep the listening alive.

Thankyou Manda Scott.

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  • helmand mandozay
  • 10-18-20

an ensouled tale.

Compelling.

this writing is ensouled. meaning it comes from a deeper place than the discursive mind / dissociated mentation. and we need this especially in the 'cultureless culture' of the global west, in order to come back to life, to cultural shapes that are relational, that perceive and celebrate and draw their coherence from the deeper patterns of living intelligence that comprise the earth system!