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Dreaming the Serpent Spear: Boudica 4

by Manda Scott

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In this the final novel in Manda Scott's Boudica series, the entire historical credibility of the novels falls apart for this reader. Scott seemingly abandons research in favour of complete immersion into lucid-dreaming and its alleged effects upon the physical world.

Her portrayal of pre-pubescent Grainne, who was raped by half a century of Roman troops, goes beyond any hope of credibility. If the child lived after such brutality, it is highly likely she would have been so traumatized both physically and emotionally as to be incapable of functioning, yet Scott has Grainne discussing military tactics and strategy with her elders, a discussion a healthy, functioning child would be hard-pressed to conduct, let alone one as brutalized as Grainne.

Scott further weaves the not very subtle threads for a possible Arthurian link here, which she admits in her author's epilogue, a literary device perfectly acceptable if one were writing fantasy, but certainly not for any kind of credible historical fiction.

Character point of view looses any coherence in the final novel, so that within any chapter the reader might first be presented with Grainne's point of view, then switch to Breaca's, or Valerius', or any number of others. Where the editor was leaves me wondering.

There is a substantial scene Scott has woven into the denouement which seems of little relevance to the story arc other than the author's own fascination with the Iron Age peat bog find of the Lindow Man. This scene completely arrests the tension and action, and again one has to wonder about the editor assigned to this novel.

For me, a disappointing end to a middling series. ( )
  fiverivers | Jul 5, 2014 |
4th in series - I loved this!!!
  brigidsmith | Mar 21, 2010 |
This is the fourth and last in a series about Breaca, warrior Queen of Roman-occupied Britain. A blend of well-researched historical fiction and (because let's face it, we don't know much) a healthy dose of mysticism and spiritual magic, this series has been intense, violent, emotional, and just out and out fabulous. It will plunge you into a very different world, where gods and the dead exist very closely with us and can be accessed by Dreamers or even by ordinary people in extraordinary situations. My only quarrel with the series is that everyone in the tribes seem to be either Warriors or Dreamers - but most people must have been farmers, with a sprinkling of hunters, woodsmen, smiths, leather workers, wheelwrights, and so on. Oh well, it makes for a damn good read. ( )
  emitnick | Aug 11, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0676978142, Paperback)

The fourth and final novel in the magnificent saga of Britain’s warrior queen (Boudica – “Bringer of Victory” and the last defender of the Celtic culture) will capture readers’ hearts and minds, as Manda Scott brings the series to a stunning close.

It is AD 60 and the flame of rebellion that has been smouldering for 20 years of Roman occupation has flared into a conflagration that will consume the land and all who live in it. There is no going back. Boudica has been flogged and her daughters raped, and her son has burned a Roman watchtower in an act of blatant insurgency.

This is the time to act: the Roman governor has marched his legions west to destroy the druidic stronghold of Mona, leaving his capital and a vital seaport hopelessly undefended in the face of twenty-thousand warriors aching for vengeance. But to crush the legions for all time, Boudica must do more than lead her army in the greatest rebellion Britain has ever known. She must find healing for herself, for the land, and for Graine, her 8-year-old daughter, who has taken refuge on Mona.

Is revenge worth it under any circumstances, or is the cost more than anyone can bear?

Colchester is burning and London is lost without hope. Amidst fire and bloody revolution – a battle that will change the face and spirituality of a nation for centuries to come – Boudica and those around her must find what matters most, now and for ever.

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Britannia, AD 60: the tribes of Britannia are ready to seek bloody vengeance. It is now their chance, as the Roman governor has marched his legions west, leaving his capital and a vital port undefended. There is now no going back. They need to crush their enemies' legions for all time, and Boudica must do more than lead her army in the greatest rebellion Britain has ever known. She needs to find healing for herself, for the land and for Graine, her eight-year-old daughter. London has been destroyed and Colchester is burning. Boudica and those around her must fight to keep what matters most - now and for all time.… (more)

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