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Publication Order of Boudica Books

Dreaming the Eagle (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreaming the Bull (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreaming the Hound (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreaming the Serpent Spear (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Capitaine Inés Picaut Books

Into The Fire (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treachery of Spies (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kellen Stewart Books

Hen's Teeth (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Mares (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stronger Than Death (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

No Good Deed (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crystal Skull (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Vengeance of Spies (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

2012: Everything You Need to Know about the Apocalypse (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Manda Scott is a mystery, thriller, and historical fiction author that was born and raised in a small village near Glasgow in the United Kingdom. It is a small village with a rich history that includes the Covenanters and the Alexanders of Eglington. She spent much of his childhood in the small village where his father still lives and hence, he is rooted as could be in the happenings in the countryside. He often considers moving back home from time to time though he has lived in England so long that it has become a second home. While he was growing up, his father was a mechanical engineer and professor at the University of Strathclyde and was among the first to start teaching a computer-aided machine tools course. She thanks her father for the various times she slipped into her geek phase. As for her mother, she always dreamed of becoming a vet but lacked the knowledge and schooling and resorted to setting up a raptor rehabilitation center. Her childhood was thus spent in a house full of buzzards, kestrels, and owls, and the occasional RTA deer or litter of fox cubs. As such, it is not surprising that she would become a vet before she became a professional author. She thinks becoming a vet was to some extent living out the fantasies of becoming a veterinarian her mother had.

As for her schooling, Manda Scott went to an all-girls private school as a four-year-old and left after graduating to go attend the Glasgow Vet School. She had always been an introverted, shy and asocial child that was not interested in the usual girly obsession such as fashion, music, and boys. She had a very good time at her small private school where they left her to her books when she said all she wanted to become was a vet. Since Manda had to have a rounded education to become a vet, she had to attend Glasgow rather than her preferred Edinburgh. While she was not happy about not attending her favorite college, she came to love Glasgow as it set her up well for a great career as a veterinarian. Veterinary training took the better part of five years though she loved learning about animals. Moreover, the education she got at Glasgow including how to research topics efficiently, how to use the library and how to derive information from a source and interpret it has been very useful in her later career. Particularly important was the Need for Cognition skill which Manda believes is an absolute requirement that her veterinary training helped hone.

After graduating from college, Manda Scott got a job as a surgical intern in Cambridge and several years later, she had moved through the ranks and started her own equine practice. She was a specialist in neonatal intensive care and equine anesthesia and hence did not have much time for writing. Scott had practiced for ten years before a tragic event led her back to her passion for writing. When her mother died, she found among her things a 10-page story about her pet owl that she had written as a child. Manda had always wanted to write but knew that with a very busy veterinary practice it was going to be almost impossible to write something worthwhile. But then a three-month gap in between jobs gave her the opportunity she needed and she wrote a James Herriot like novel with a Vet School setting. While she could not get a publisher, she landed an agent who liked it enough, and even though he did not get her book published, he nudged her in the right direction. She also started attending a writing course with Fay Weldon who encouraged her to write TV scripts. Manda started writing the manuscript for her debut novel “Hen’s Teeth” on her thirtieth birthday, convinced that she had to do it then or else she would never accomplish her dreams. Her Orange Prize-shortlisted work was published in 1998 and she has gone on tow write more than 10 novels in the “Kellen Stewart” and “Boudica” series alongside several single standing titles and a collection of short stories.

Manda Scott’s “Dreaming the Eagle” the first novel of the “Boudica” series introduces the lead of the series Boudica. Her name is derived from an ancient Celtic word that means Bringer of Victory. She is the last defender of Britain’s ancient Celtic culture and the only woman that had led warriors into battle. Boudica had surprised everyone when her warriors had successfully triumphed and repelled the mighty legions of an Imperial Rome. The story is set in 33 AD, where Boudica then named Breaca is a red-haired, eleven-year-old daughter of one of the nobles of the Eceni tribe. During those times, an eleven-year-old was considered to be straddling the divide between childhood and womanhood. Boudica fantasizes about becoming a mystical leader called a Dreamer that was a specialist with the skills of foretelling the future. But since she had tracked down and killed the assailant that had attacked and murdered her mother, the tribe believed she had the qualities of a warrior. The novel is also the story of Caradoc and Ban the men that Boudica adores. Her half brother Ban would do anything to become a warrior though he has all the characteristics of a Great Dreamer while Caradoc is an inspirational leader and exceptional warrior. Ban finally decides to become a Druid and goes back to his Celtic tribe thus saving Boudica from the tough choice she had to make.

“Dreaming the Bull” by Manda Scott continues to tell the story of Boudica, the British warrior queen. The story immerses the readers into a world full of courage, passion, lovers and warriors, dreamers, and druids. Ban had risen through the ranks in the Roman cavalry to become an officer, which means that he eventually has to face his sister Boudica in battle. It is not long before they are taking position on opposite sides of a gruesome war of attrition between the defeated British tribes and the occupying Roman forces. Each side is determined to kill as many of the enemy as they can and it is a battle that promises to be gory. Meanwhile, Breaca’s lover Caradoc is captured and now faces execution if he is found guilty of the crimes he has been charged with. Ban is the only man with the power to save Caradoc though he has spent more than a decade living a lie. Heroism has brought them together but treachery is tearing them apart. It is a story of betrayal, passion, and love that asserts that each life is sacred.

Manda Scott’s “Dreaming the Hound” is a thrilling and bold tale of imaginative fiction that chronicles the titanic clash between mankind and magic. Nature is the ultimate god to the Eceni tribe of Britain and whenever they go to war, the warriors are joined by the spirit of nature in addition to their ancestors. But they are now about to be run over as Nero is running out of patience with the restive and wild tribes in Britannia and has decided to deal with them once and for all. Boudica’s family finds itself at the heart of the brewing conflict. Her son Cunomar wants to be as fierce a warrior as his mother, her young daughter Graine is a powerful Dreamer though she had been scarred by her experiences in war. Meanwhile Ban her half brother is torn between Eceni and Roman, dreamer and warrior. It is not long before war breaks out between the Romans and the tribes which forces Boudica to make a daring sacrifice. She disguises herself and travels into Roman held territory not caring that if she was caught, she would be crucified. What happens next is a ruthless drama of sacrifice, heroism, and betrayal that will force Boudica to arm every tribe dreamer and warrior in a quest to push the Romans back into the sea.

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