Set in Iron-Age Britain and Imperial Rome, the second novel in the bestselling Boudica series.
In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome; the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilisation and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire. DREAMING THE BULL continues the story of Breaca, acclaimed as bringer of victory to her people, and her half-brother, Bán, now an officer in the Roman cavalry. Each stands on either side in a brutal war of attrition between the occupying army and the defeated tribes, each determined to see the other dead. Caught in the middle are Cunomar and Graine, son and daughter to two of the greatest warriors their world has ever seen. While in the heart of Rome, the Emperor Claudius and his implacable wife hold lives in their hands.
This is a heart-stopping story of war and of peace; of love, passion and betrayal; of druids and warring gods, where each life is sacred and each death even more so; and where Breaca and Ban learn the terrible distances they must travel to fulfil their own destinies.
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