The Eagle and the Raven

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Overview

Spanning three generations, this historical novel tells the tale of Boudicca, the most famous warrior of ancient Britain, and Caradoc, the son of a Celtic king, who sets out to unite the people of the Raven and lead them against Rome. Caradoc's objective is not easily accomplished as the Roman army advances into Britain, raping Celtic women and burning villages to the ground. His efforts are also met with fierce opposition from Aricia, the vain queen of a northern tribe who swears allegiance to the ...

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Overview

Spanning three generations, this historical novel tells the tale of Boudicca, the most famous warrior of ancient Britain, and Caradoc, the son of a Celtic king, who sets out to unite the people of the Raven and lead them against Rome. Caradoc's objective is not easily accomplished as the Roman army advances into Britain, raping Celtic women and burning villages to the ground. His efforts are also met with fierce opposition from Aricia, the vain queen of a northern tribe who swears allegiance to the Romans after Caradoc slights her, and from Gladys, Caradoc’s warrior sister who falls in love with her Roman captor. Unfortunately, Caradoc’s endeavors are left unresolved when he is taken prisoner, but Boudicca, a strong-willed woman, ultimately takes up the cause that was Caradoc’s legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A novel of majestic sweep, splendid assurance, and controlled imaginative power."  —Publishers Weekly

"A big, other-worldly, and beautiful novel. Gedge . . . has brought another age pulsating to life."  —San Francisco Chronicle

"[Gedge’s] uncommonly splendid gift for storytelling is again supreme . . . She gives us the daily life and landscapes of Celtic Britain with an almost psychic immediacy."  —Toronto Star

"A tremendously moving portrait of a people who have long since disappeared—entertaining, knowledgeable . . . Gedge is a writer who can weave a spell with words."  —Montreal Gazette

"It is history . . . it is life . . . there is simply no laying it aside until the end."  —South Bend Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527081
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 638,720
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Pauline Gedge is the author of several historical novels, including Child of the Morning and Lady of the Reeds. Donna Gillespie is the author of Lady of the Light and The Light Bearer.

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

    I Had Such High Hopes...

    I usually love Pauline Gedge's novels. I first became acquainted with Pauline Gedge by reading "Lady of the Reeds". To quench my thirst for more fiction from the country of the Nile, I read "Child of the Morning."

    Both of the aforementioned novels are rich and vivid accounts of the lives and possible events that could easily have taken place in ancient Egypt. You get a real feel for the time and place in which these people passed their lives and of the cultural attitudes and values which might have driven them. The descriptions and character development are unimaginably profound. These two novels begin at the start of the main character's lives and you become emotionally invested throughout their trials and triumphs.

    "The Eagle and the Raven" had no such depth of feeling for me. I love reading historical fiction about ancient times, especially Roman times. I was so excited to find out that an author, whose work I idolized, wrote about one of my favorite time periods. Sadly, my hopes were dashed against the wall of disappointment.

    I typically read a book until about 150 pages in. I am under the belief that an author should capture my attention and imagination within the first 20 pages, but give a book a chance until page 150. I couldn't even make it that far.

    The characters were mundane and the plot utterly dismal. The abundance of description and intelligence with which Ms. Gedge crafts her other novels was lacking in this book. I felt like a high schooler in advanced English ghost wrote this book and the author didn't have the good sense to read it before signing her name to it. If you're looking for something to read to help you fall asleep at night, this would be your book.

    However, if you're searching for a novel that employs skillful use of language, complexity of characters, and engaging plot, check out "Child of the Morning" or "Lady of the Reeds". Other good reads are "Nefertiti" and "The Heretic Queen" by Michelle Moran.

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