Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni

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Why is The Morrígan's raven crying? Only Britons with hearts for true liberty know!

In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain -- until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal descent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever.

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About Laurel A. Rockefeller

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller’s passion for animals comes through in everything she writes. First self-published in 2012 as social science fiction author (the Peers of Beinan series), Laurel has expanded her work into the animal care/guide, history, historical fiction, and biography genres.

Find Laurel’s books in digital, paperback, and hardcover in your choice of up to ten languages, including Welsh, Chinese, and Dutch. Audio editions are published in all four available languages for audible: English, French, Spanish, and German.

Besides advocating for animals and related environmental causes, Laurel A. Rockefeller is a passionate educator dedicated to improving history literacy worldwide, especially as it relates to women’s accomplishments. In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.

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Reviews of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni by Laurel A. Rockefeller

Helen Pugh reviewed on July 1, 2020

Beautifully crafted, evocative and a real page-turned! I enjoyed this a lot. Also, I hadn't heard the theory before that Boudicca was French, so that was interesting.
Helen Pugh
- Author of Intrepid Dudettes of the Inca Empire
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Marne Platt reviewed on June 26, 2020

I bought this book expecting a fairly thorough explanation of who Boudicca was and how she fit into the history of the time. Instead I read a novelized version of a tale told as a legend. The premise is great, but the book was not what I thought I was getting. As a novella, it was interesting but the characters and story were a bit superficial for my taste.The story has so much potential - I wish the book had been more ambitious.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Cassandra Jones reviewed on May 7, 2015

I recieved a copy of this book for an honest review, and in all honesty I was not disappointed. As a fan of historical books this one had everything I was looking for. The characters are relateable and the story is amazing. Anyone who enjoys historical works of literature will love this book
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
AnnepMiller reviewed on April 19, 2015

Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni is a brief history of an iconic heroine. I believe this little book is best aimed at lower high school students who’s interest and concentration are limited. It leaps from one historic time period to another, pausing to give a dash of flavour as to the time and events of the moment. It covers the highlights of the Boudicca’s life events with enough information to satisfy a young persons curiosity. As a mature reader does it meet my standard of character development, description and pace for a historical novel or novelette, not really but I don’t believe I am the audience. Did it give me an easy reading, informative history of Boudicca’s life in a few hours, yes it did. Perfect book for classroom or home school.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Isaiyan Morrison reviewed on March 22, 2015

I don’t know much about Boudicca. I’ve heard about this fearsome Iceni Queen and the fighting between the Romans and her tribe. As a lover of Ancient History, I couldn’t wait to read this novel and to learn more about her.

First, I didn’t know that she was an Aedui. I’ve never heard this word before. There were also small things like rituals and customs that I found personally interesting and I really wanted to know more.

It’s hard to recreate a time period. Conversations are different, some words we use today weren’t in use during that time. I applaud the author for attempting this difficult task.

Also, I understand that during this time the Romans weren’t all that great. Throughout this short book, I felt that the author was a tad bit bias towards them. Yes, this story is told from the point of view of the oppressed however, I just wanted one small moment when the Romans weren’t described as liars and untrustworthy people.

As for the writing itself, sometimes I felt that the narration moved from a retelling of an important historical time to an Ancient World History class (not saying this is a bad thing.) There were a few POV changes and a time when I didn’t know who was telling the story. This wasn’t enough to deter me from the book.
Time moved quickly. The book is pretty short and I do think it’d benefit more if it was longer. But I wondered if what historians currently know about Boudicca is suffice enough to warrant a longer novel?

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I love History (I’m currently obtaining my teacher certification in World History) so this was different and an eye opener for me.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
liza32 reviewed on March 2, 2015

Outstanding! I listened to the audio version, while I read along on my kindle. This author deserves extreme kudos for turning something as boring (for me, anyway) as a history lesson in Europe, into an extreme tale of love, violence, and sacrifice. The only other time that a history 'lesson' has impressed me this much was cinematically (Braveheart, 300, et al). The end of the book gave me goosebumps, and made all the little hairs on my neck stand on end! Awesome!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Catherine G. reviewed on Feb. 15, 2015

Moira, a young girl asks for her mother, Keita, to tell her a story. This book is about Boudicca who was queen of the Iceni, a Celtic tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. It's a quick read explaining brief moments in history. I obtained a copy of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni by Laurel A. Rockefeller from a Smashwords coupon code at the end of last year.

I'm pretty disappointed with this book. Though it has the interesting premise of history, I felt that this retelling was poorly planned and written. Events flash forward extremely quickly and we are left with little explanation as to what happens in each scene or between the scenes. It even flashes forward months and years at a time with barely any mention as to what happens in the missing portions. The characters, despite being based on real people, are lame representations. They do not feel even slightly genuine. The conversation between characters is unbelievable as well, moreso because the author has tried to base it on current day talk. Also, some characters act completely against the traits the author has given them.

The document I have of this book has links to a website, though once I visit them I find that they're not availible. I think this is particularly impractical because the author seems to be using these links as some sort of reference material, though they fail to properly explain these portions in the book. Without the necessary information on the matter, the characters seem to be kind of meaningless and lack the proper explanation. The author gives us links (that don't work) and expects us to read into the material ourselves. It seems that even they don't respect these people or times, especially not enough to give decent explanation to their own writing. I find this to be quite a lazy approach to writing.

Overall, I'm disappointed. Having read into the basic history of these people afterward, I feel that it could have been such a great story. Yet, as I've said above, the story has been poorly planned and written.
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)
Tanya Hixon reviewed on Jan. 2, 2015
(no rating)
This book was an amazing story of an admirable woman from history. I will be buying this book for my nieces, who love a story with a strong heroine. It brings the story of Boudicca to life and gives the character personality that the reader can relate to. This would be a great book for anyone interested in history to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Victoria Zigler reviewed on Aug. 5, 2014

This book was an excellent read; both enjoyable and educational at the same time, it's a pleasant way to learn a little history, and well worth reading.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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