Dreaming the Bull

Dreaming the Bull The second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain s warrior queen Boudica immerses us in a world of druids and dreamers warriors and lovers passion and courage Originally a t

  • Title: Dreaming the Bull
  • Author: Manda Scott
  • ISBN: 9780385337748
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • The second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain s warrior queen, Boudica, immerses us in a world of druids and dreamers, warriors and lovers, passion and courage Originally a trilogy, this is now a four part series Boudica means Bringer of Victory from the early Celtic word boudeg She was the last defender of the Celtic culture the onlyThe second part of the stunning fictionalization of the life of Britain s warrior queen, Boudica, immerses us in a world of druids and dreamers, warriors and lovers, passion and courage Originally a trilogy, this is now a four part series Boudica means Bringer of Victory from the early Celtic word boudeg She was the last defender of the Celtic culture the only woman openly to lead her warriors into battle and to stand successfully against the might of Imperial Rome and triumph Book one, Dreaming the Eagle, took readers from Boudica s girlhood with the Eceni tribe to the climax of the two day battle when she and her lover, Caradoc, faced the invading Romans Believing her dead, Breaca s beloved brother, B n, joined the Roman cause.Dreaming the Bull, the second book in this compelling series, continues the intertwined stories of Boudica, and B n, now an officer in the Roman cavalry They stand on opposite sides in a brutal war of attrition between the occupying army and the defeated tribes, each determined to see the other dead In a country under occupation, Caradoc, lover to Breaca, is caught and faces the ultimate penalty Only B n has the power to save him, and B n has spent the past ten years denying his past Treachery divides these two heroism brings them together again, changed out of all recognition but it may not be enough to heal the wounds.Dreaming the Bull is a heart stopping story of war and of peace of love, passion and betrayal of druids and warring gods, where each life is sacred and each death even so and where Breaca and B n learn the terrible distances they must travel to fulfill their own destinies.Through the summer, Cunomar came to recognize two different kinds of warriors The smaller group consisted of those few men and women still alive who had known his mother before the two day battle against the invading legions These were her friends and they called her Breaca in the way Cunomar s father and the innermost circle of the honour guard still did The rest, who had met her only in battle or, worse, knew her only by reputation, gave the warrior s salute in a way that was subtly different and hailed her as the Boudica, bringer of victory She didn t enjoy that, but in the short span of his life, Cunomar had watched his mother become comfortable with name, so that it settled on her like a worn cloak and she did not stiffen at the sound of it He had heard her use the word herself for the first time that morning as a cold dawn sharpened the air and Nemain, the moon, lowered into her bed in the mountains Breaca had stood on the back of her mare and addressed the massed ranks of warriors and dreamers, naming them all Boudegae, bringers of victory, and swearing before them that she would fight for as long as it took to rid the land of the invader from Dreaming the Bull

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    1. Sotiris Karaiskos

      Καταλαβαίνω ότι πολλές φορές η ιστορία είναι πολύ ξενέρωτη. Πάρτε για παράδειγμα την ηρωίδα αυτής εδώ της σειράς. Τον καιρό που γίνονταν η ρωμαϊκή εισβολή στη Βρετανία η Μπούντικα πιθανότατα ήταν ένα κοριτσάκι που έπαιζε με τις κούκλες της περιμένοντας να την παντρέψουν μ [...]

    2. Deborah Pickstone

      This continues to be an excellent series. In the first book everything was fast and furious but in the second the pace is slower and you can watch the characters watch themselves.yway, I like that; there's enough action but reflection also. I just love this series!

    3. Tamara Agha-Jaffar

      Dreaming the Bull by Manda Scott is the second in a four-book series on the Celtic warrior Boudica, leader of the coalition of tribes fighting Rome’s invasion of Britain. As with the first book in the series, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle, Scott combines historical research with a creative imagination. But this second book in the series falls short of its predecessor. Picking up where Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle left off, Dreaming the Bull begins with a lengthy description of ongoing battles and [...]

    4. Graham Crawford

      I am having trouble judging books by "good reader" star ratings in this genre of historical fiction. I guess that means it's a very personal taste. Some (like me) like LOTS of well researched history with their fiction, other folk think the history gets in the way of telling a good story. I loved Boudica #1 - So much historical reasearch I could just tell Manda Scott was a regular on Time Team (one of my favourite shows!). I loved the section at the back where she declared her biases and listed [...]

    5. Eric

      Some soft spots in the middle or perhaps I was unable to deal with "family" against "family" and neither knowing that was the case. Still, Manda Scott keeps it going. I will reiterate, the historical fantasy aspect in these books, given so few records exist from the 50 AD era.Onto book three, Dreaming the Hound.

    6. RondaTutt

      Long but worth the read!Dreaming the Bull - 2nd book in this 4 book series continues to carry on my captivation with Boudica and her life. The blurb basically describes what the story is about however I can add to it by saying - "Only this book focus is more on the Roman'a invasion of Britannia and the single character Ban (Boudica's brother) or better known as Julius Valerius and how he ended up being a Roman soldier as well as moving up the ranks like he did."The author gives the reader a glim [...]

    7. Kirstin

      So. I know that Rome invades the majority of England. And I know that Boudica is captured and her daughters raped. Consequently, at just passed half-way through the second installation of the series, I give up. It's battle after battle, in which Ban gets more evil and Boudica gets more desperate. I know there's probably some big reconciliation at some point, but I can't hang in there for it--too many other good books to read.

    8. Hannah

      The best part of this is not Boudicca. The best part of this is her brother. Deep, perplexing, courageous. The other characters are interchangeable, all pretty much the same. But Valerius stands out. Such a beautiful character. For me, this series is his.As with the first book, loved the descriptions of nature and animals. I'll definitely be reading the next one in the series!

    9. Stef Rozitis

      I thought it was a good book- it seemed well researched and there was complexity in the way two very different cultures, and two spiritualities that are somewhat alien to a modern reader were presented. I found the spirituality intriguing, because people's conversations and beliefs in various (conflicting) gods were presented as "true". I also really loved the way the cultures were contrasted in all sorts of ways such as attitudes to gender, sexuality, family, what counts as being "civilised" an [...]

    10. Sam

      I loved this second installment of the Boudica series, the characters were again brilliantly written and the storyline believable and once again well researched. Scott has recreated the intricacies of Celtic Britain and the Roman Empire very well with a distinct attention to detail that continues to support the story. Each character has been developed well and the situations that arise are again handled and written well and portrayed in a manner to make each as relevent to the reader as possible [...]

    11. Kiyan

      Mostly follows the life of Ban aka Julius. Like the first book, it takes Manda Scott about 60 pages to find her rhythm. This book is filled with dark vengeance and betrayal, commitments to foreign, silent Gods by someone who was once a Dreamer for another culture and still sees Ghosts. I love the magic in this book - a dead Granma aids in a curse, and there's a Roman Bull God initiation scene in a cave that is truly beautiful. Can't wait to read the third one

    12. Jacqueline

      The second of four books about Boedica or Boadecia as many know by this name . Love this series great character development and Mandy Scott is a fantastic storyteller. I' m reading the 4th book nowAmazing details of this early time- period.If you like historical figures brought to life read this book!

    13. Sandra

      Once again I began this doubting that I'd find it easy to turn my mind back to when years were counted in double figures. Once again I was speedily proved wrong and this became as compelling and entertaining as any twenty-first century thriller. Superb writing.

    14. Mark

      Just finished the second book of this 4 part saga and I must say it just keeps getting better. Now off to start the third bookn't wait :-)

    15. Jennifer

      Loved it! Dreaming the bull (the sequel to Dreaming the eagle) is so much darker than Dreaming the eagle, but the characters seem all the more life-like for it. Both books are very well written and are full of historical detail. The books tell the story of the Boudica, the warrior queen who led the resistance against the Roman invasion of Britain (and who truly existed: her grave and chariot were found in London some years ago). It also tells the story of the people closest to her (some based on [...]

    16. Gitte

      I enjoyed book number two a lot and I'm itching to start reading book three immediately. Although every now and again Manda Scott's sentences threw me off a little. I don't really know what it is, but sometimes I got the distinct feeling that the sentence structure just wasn't logical at times.The story itself was exciting to read and I really got a feeling for the predicaments they found themselves in. You feel the hate for Julius, even though I myself couldn't help but feel pity for the man as [...]

    17. Nicki

      I am completely enthralled with this series. The saga continues with more of a focus on Ban, Breaca's brother. His descent was a little mystifying for me, but I did accept it and did make the storyline exciting. Really love the marriage between historical fiction and Celtic "magic". I love the Celtic connection to earth and nature. Moving on with the 3rd book in the series consecutively. which I almost never do.

    18. Nadia

      This sequel wasn't as captivating as Dreaming the Eagle; however, I could see that it was a necessary part of the overall story arc. I've read most of Manda's work, so her writing style alone keeps a reader intrigued. Looking forward to hearing more from the Boudica in the 3rd book of the series.

    19. Robyne Hedrick

      Oh my I must run out and get the next book.I must find out how this all plays out.Very interesting to follow a book about my relatives. I realize it is historical fiction but Manda its like we are there,simply AMAZING!

    20. Eloise

      Can't get enough of the character development in Bán. Great, engaging and developed characters overall.

    21. Morgan Dhu

      Manda Scott, Dreaming the BullThe blurb for this engaging sequel to Dreaming the Eagle describes the events of the second (of four) volumes of Scott's historical fantasy epic as follows:Hailed as Boudica, the Bringer of Victory, Breaca now leads her people's resistance against the occupying legions of Rome. Opposing her is Julius Valerius, an auxilary cavalry officer whose increasing brutality in the service of his god and emperor cannot shield him from the ghosts of his past. Caught between the [...]

    22. Terri

      While I greatly admire and revere Manda Scott's talent with the pen, I have to say that I found this second isntalment of the Boudica series to be a hard slog. It seemed so much more denser than the first one, and I don't mean in storyline and plotor, maybe a litle bit in the plot department, but mostly in the way it was written. There was too much 'in between dragging it down' for me and it therefore didn't have my heart racing or my pulse building. Unlike Dreaming the Eagle, which did both of [...]

    23. Lauren

      So Dreaming the Bull was a pretty good sequel to Dreaming the Eagle. It didn't quite beat the first book, but it was still riveting. I found Boudica's spirit and willingness to live amazing through out this book and I was really impressed with how she had changed from the first book. Her self perseverance was amazing and what pretty much drove her the entire book. The whole deal with Caradoc being captured was nerve wracking for me. I had no idea what was going to happen to him and all the rest [...]

    24. Sarah

      Really enjoyed the book. Have read the first and will read the next.Found Ban/Vespius story depressing and slightly unbelievable. Would he really become so awful given his wonderful happy childhood? Maybe - I suppose he was abused when he was only 12 when taken by the Romans, but I did find it hard to believe that once he found out Boudica and family were alive that he would continue to be bad.Obviously we don't know that the "dreaming" sequences are true per se, but, I did feel they added to th [...]

    25. Brenna

      I was a bit leery of continuing with the series because of the reviews and also the "animal" element which made the first book a difficult read for me. However, after I finished Dreaming the Eagle on the first day of vacation, I found myself wondering "what happens next." Without even realizing it, I became connected to the characters and their stories. The minute I had internet access again, I reserved copies of the rest of the series (after driving to three different bookstores in the area to [...]

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