Boudica: Dreaming the Hound (Boudica Quadrilogy) (Boudica Trilogy) Hardcover
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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.
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.
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.