Boudica Queen of the Iceni is a historical fiction written in third person. The book takes place in Britain, the home land of many Celtic tribes, during and after the Roman’s invade Britain’s territories, around 55 – 60 A.D. As you read you see Boudica’s childhood, the anger and pain of her own afflictions and the afflictions of the Iceni people and all Celts chased by the Romans. You meet people who shared in Boudica’s life of constant harassment from the Romans to pay tribute or suffer punishment. A few of the people you meet are her father the Chiefton, her old grandmother Mari, and her lifelong love, Prasutagus. With the introduction of each character you learn about their astrological sign and the character traits they portray according to their sign. After many years of bondage and cruelty the high point of Boudica’s story is her revolt against the Roman’s oppression of the Celts. Many Celts and about 70,000 Romans where killed in a bloody battle to be remembered.
Boudica Queen of the Iceni was not exactly what I expected. In historical fictions I like to have a lot of history woven into a brightly illustrated story. For me, it’s first about the history, then the fiction story that weaves it together. Boudica Queen of the Iceni isn’t a book I’d readily recommend along the historical lines, although there is the story line of the invasion and affliction of the Celts. On the other hand if you have an interest in astrology or the zodiac you would enjoy this book as it describes these in detail using each character in the book. As each character is introduced you get a good description of their zodiac signs and the character traits they portray.