Dreaming the Hound

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The third installment in the breathtaking fictionalization of the life of Britain's warrior queen, Boudica, plunges readers into a world of druids and dreamers; where horses and hounds and the landscape itself are characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory.

"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.

Dreaming the Hound opens in AD 57. Caradoc, betrayed to Rome, is exiled in Gaul, leaving Boudica, bereft, to lead the tribes of the west in an increasingly bloody resistance against Roman occupation. Only if she can drive Rome from the land will she find peace, and to do that she must raise again the tribes of the East. Her people, the Eceni, languish in the shadow of the Legions, led by a man who proclaims himself king and yet allows slavers to trade freely in his lands. Too notorious to reclaim her own birthright, Boudica strives instead to return her daughters to their heritage.

Across the sea, Boudica's half-brother, Bán, has been named traitor by both sides. He too, seeks peace on a journey that takes him from the dreaming tombs of the ancestors to the cave of a god he no longer serves. Only if these two meet can Britannia be saved. But the Roman Governor has been ordered to subdue the tribes or die in the attempt, and he has twenty thousand legionaries ready to stop anyone, however determined, from bringing Britain to the edge of revolt. . . .

Written with uncompromising mastery, this is fiction that captivates the heart, challenges the mind and offers us an utterly enthralling experience of history in the flesh and blood of its making.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2005.
ISBN: 9780676975611
Characteristics: 478 p. :,ill., map ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Dreaming the hound


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RenGrrl Jun 11, 2012

Well-developed characters, well-paced action and heart-breaking plot twists!

May 04, 2011

Book three in the Boudica series by author Manda Scott. Historical fiction about tribal Britain leading up to the final years of the Roman invasion. I could not put this book down. Full of adventure and suspense!

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