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Boudica: Dreaming the Hound (Boudica Quadrilogy) (Boudica Trilogy) [Hardcover]

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After finishing the last book of this Manda Scott series, I felt out of sorts with the heavy emphasis on the state of the relationships of the main characters, while in the midst of creating an army, organizing a revolt, focusing on a crucial resolution on a people's survival against the Roman invasion.
As there is very little known about what exactly happened and the few pieces we have were written after the fact in Rome, the author had a blank canvas to start with and a monumental task in tackling this series. That is appreciated.
Throughout a four books, I felt the story line lacked credibility, especially when expediency demanded a certain amount of intelligent planning and approach and the characters wallowed in their intimate affairs instead.
The only part that made sense was Mac Calma's decision to leave Mona to the Romans and re-establish the dreamers etc. in Hibernia. We can only hope that who ever survived the last clash also relinquished their lands to start over in either Caledonia (Scotland) or Hibernia (Ireland).
Both countries displayed ferocious and successful campaigns against Roman occupation attempts at a later date. Perhaps the Boudica's progeny were part of those future war hosts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining as historical fantasy July 5 2014
By Lorina Stephens TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Certainly Manda Scott must be applauded for her research into the era and subject matter, as her surrounding details are vibrant and for the most part credible. Characters are larger than life. Were this marketed as historical fantasy, certainly many of my criticisms would disappear. However, the entire Boudica series is, alas, not marketed as historical fantasy, rather as historical fiction, and it is there I find fault. Why? There are several reasons, however foremost of these is the overarching neo-pagan, fringe spiritualism in the guise of lucid dreaming which forms the backbone of much of the series.

While the concept of seeking dreams and spirit guides certainly is prevalent throughout many indigenous societies, the physicality and causality of the dream-sequence has never been given any scientific, credible corroboration, and so to credit Eceni and other native British tribes with the ability to manipulate weather and events through the act of lucid dreaming stretches the bounds of what might be considered historical fiction.

And in this, the third book of the series, Scott very much relies upon lucid dreaming and the effects this has upon her main characters.

An entertaining read, especially if the reader sets aside the question of credibility in historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warrior women take on the Roman Legions Sept. 9 2014
By hedy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ms. Scott has created an epic historical fiction novel with very strong warrior women and equally strong dreamer women. Fantastic reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boudica rules. Nov. 16 2009
Format:Paperback
Excellent series, difficult to find. Very readable. Central character of Boudica a wonderful feminine hero to inspire generations of women warriors. Well researched, can't put these books down. A+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 27 2009
Format:Paperback
This series by Manda Scott is a fantastic read for those who love historical novels with lots of adventure and excitement. There are 4 books in the series, and this is the third one. They are all wonderful, descriptive and engaging novels full of period detail, passion and life.

You get fully immersed in the life of that era and become deeply attached to the characters. I think one of the great strengths of this series is the author's creation of very real, three dimensionsal characters who come alive for us and make us care about them. Well worth the money.
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