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03 July 2012

Random Reads #3

I'm a little bit late with this Random Reads post but life just got in the way and my forgetfulness completely took over! I have to admit that I haven't read June's Random Reads choice yet; big fail I know! But I've been trying to read all of the ARCs that I have at the moment so that I can focus on the books on my shelves for a few weeks/month or so, so I just haven't had the time to read it yet. So in July I'll have to make sure to read this months Random Reads and the last one. Random Reads is a monthly meme hosted over @imlovingbooks.com and I use random.org and goodreads to calculate my random book for the month.

So this months Random Reads is Dreaming the Eagle: Boudica #1 by Manda Scott. I've had this book for quite a while now...maybe since Christmas 2010? So it's high time that I read this book because I love historical fiction so I'm sure this will be a good read!

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 Ban, her half-brother, who longs to be a warrior, though he is manifestly a Dreamer, possibly the finest in his tribe's history. Ban 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. 


  1. Oooo, This sounds pretty good! I enjoy good historical fiction! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I keep umming and aaahing over this one every time it comes into the bookshop - hope you enjoy it! I'll be tackling a biography of Princess Di AND Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this month. Bit of a mixed bag, but I can't WAIT to read the Hunter Thompson! :)

    Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl

  3. Wow that plot is intense! Haha Happy Reading!


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