follow url Song for a Dark Queen book. Read 34 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From the day Cadwan fashioned a sword from a willow wand and. Song for a Dark Queen is a young adult novel published by Pelham, and winner of the Other Award. It is based on the life of Boudicca, the queen of the.
Aside from the sex, it's a book about bloody warfare and Sutcliff spares us nothing. Heads are getting hacked off, and blood is splattering all over the place. There are even references to mothers killing their own children. The stark realities of such bloody battles and barbarism are too much to expect of children to process. They are certainly not images I want my child to hold in her heart Childhood is too short as it is.
Jul 29, Hannah rated it did not like it Shelves: story , very-not-recommended , historical-fiction , fiction.
Rosemary Sutcliff is a deep and evocative writer. She uses words as a master smith, weaving pictures and emotions together to create a riveting experience that touches one's soul.
In this story, she turns her power to a fascinating time of history, and explores the depth of human depravity. Song for a Dark Queen is aptly titled. With her words, Sutcliff does create a song. It is a poem, but not one of beauty. A song, but not for pleasure. The golden rays of sunshine that peer through the forest le Rosemary Sutcliff is a deep and evocative writer. The golden rays of sunshine that peer through the forest leaves in the early chapters fade away.
Black night seeps through until no more light can be seen. Innocent childhood is destroyed by horrific depravity. Good motives and familial love is swallowed up in ruthless hatred. The world is evil without redemption. A song with no hope: its end is darkness, death, and despair. View all 3 comments. Nov 14, Cathygillespie rated it it was amazing.
She appears to be strong and indestructible and a great leader who unifies her people against the invader. Fascinating read for background into tribal Britain versus Imperial Rome. Jan 25, Raven rated it it was amazing.
A tragic tale, but well-written, as are all of Sutcliffe's stories. The story of Boadiccea of more or less well known- this version is aimed towards the young adult group, though these days it might be considered a bit violent. Must admit, the first time I read it, it moved me to tears. Jun 27, Shigi rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , do-not-own , children-ya , fighting. Rosemary Sutcliff does not pull her punches. Brutal fare for any story, especially a children's book, but I guess spoiler! Boudicca's story isn't really all sunshines and rainbows.
Published by Random House, London, U. Join Boudicca All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom. Dust jacket condition Good. From the day Cadwan fashioned a sword from a willow wand and composed a victory song for his young mistress, Boudicca, he has loyally charted her rise to Queen. Boudicca is concussed in the charge and Cadwan brings her back to her Royal Dun, where she takes poison and Cadwan lies down to die of his wounds
I recommend parents having honest discussions with their kids about the horrors of war after reading this. It's a good book, but it's definitely not going to be one I want to re-read any time soon. Jan 13, Lydia Massiah rated it really liked it. I loved the Celtic setting which felt completely real, but the narrator is very much that - someone who barely features in the story except as an observer, until the end. The writing is beautiful and richly evocative of a past age. Mar 19, Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: solid. Always a privilege to find a Sutcliff I've never read before. This book took me approximately eight hundred hours to read for no discernible earthly reason.
You know how Sutcliff sometimes does that Mark of the Horse Lord thing where the main character dies at the end but that's actually somehow the least painful thing to happen in the book? Dec 19, Bethia Barber rated it really liked it. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's dark. Very dark. That's quite apart from the obvious fact that Boudicca and her tribe are doomed, because of course we know the ending or at any rate you should do.
Rosemary Sutcliff seems to have a penchant for retelling heroic, fated enterprises of this sort! The writing is, as always, excellent, if not in my opinion quite as mature as some of her other works. There is nothing explicitly "graphic" in this book, at least not in terms of the gratuitous As other reviewers have mentioned, it's dark.
There is nothing explicitly "graphic" in this book, at least not in terms of the gratuitous sex, violence, etc.
However, Sutcliff's masterful, evocative handling of what she does tell and the riveting historical and psychological insight she displays most definitely make areas of this book deeply unsettling, perhaps even more so because she often only hints at what is happening. Imagination is a powerful tool. There is an almost tangible sense of darkness and sorcery, especially in terms of unspecified unmentionable deeds and sensual pacts made with pagan goddesses, that could very possibly foster an unhealthy fascination and appreciation of such horrors.
I know I found those parts both quite disturbing and strangely compelling, certainly not in a way that accords with Paul's exhortation in Philippians to think upon things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, etc.
Naturally, in the fullness of time, they will have to come to terms with the existence of such things, but this dark and vivid exploration of pagan Britain and the war atrocities perpetrated by both sides is not in my opinion a suitable introduction. These concerns aside, Song For A Dark Queen is a wonderfully descriptive retelling of the uprising of Boudicca and the tribes of Britain against the Romans, portrayed with Sutcliff's customary sensitivity and emotion.
It would also be nice, as a previous reviewer noted, if the story had lasted a little longer, but overall this is a worthy if exceptionally dark Rosemary Sutcliff that will particularly appeal to readers who enjoyed Sword At Sunset. Sep 06, Rebecca Radnor rated it really liked it Shelves: roman , british-uk , historical-fiction-ya. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Historical fiction based on a true story: The story of Boudicca, a queen of one of the British tribes during the period when the Romans were first invading the isles. Her tribe had agreed to live peaceably under Roman hegemony paying taxes, etc. When her husband died, his will left half his holdings to the Romans, the rest to his children two daughters.
The Romans claimed all of his wealth and declared that since the king had died with no male heirs, the kingdom would be dis Historical fiction based on a true story: The story of Boudicca, a queen of one of the British tribes during the period when the Romans were first invading the isles.
The Romans claimed all of his wealth and declared that since the king had died with no male heirs, the kingdom would be dissolved and become part of Rome. When the Boudicca refused, they whipped her and raped her daughters the eldest was perhaps 12 or 13 at the time. Boudicca organized the tribes into a major rebellion against Rome that at first was successful but that ultimately failed. All of this is in the historic record, but the specifics beyond this are unknown. The book offers one theory for the reaction of the British to what the Romans did to Boudicca and her daughters.
Sutcliff follows the theory of one historian who believed that, as was common for many iron age tribes of the time, lineage was matriarchal; in other words while the male was king, he was chosen for that rank based on intelligence and military prowess. It was only by being married to the queen who was a sort of high priestess to the moon, the feminine gods that he obtained that rank. Therefore by beating Boudicca and raping her daughters the holders of the royal blood the Romans had committed sacrilege against the British gods.
The book is kind of exciting, and the rapes occur 'off camera' so to speak. Should be appropriate reading for a mature middle schooler or older. Sep 25, Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. Considering the ripe market for Xena-Warrior-Princess-type juvenile fiction, it is rather astounding that Song for a Dark Queen has never been reprinted. With a sleek new cover a la Keira Knightley from "King Arthur" and a small publicity push, this novel would do quite well.
Not only is this story more plausible than those found in the usual girl power paperbacks, it is rooted in historical fact. This is the story of Boudicca Boadicea , the Iceni queen who led the revolt that very nearly ended Considering the ripe market for Xena-Warrior-Princess-type juvenile fiction, it is rather astounding that Song for a Dark Queen has never been reprinted. This is the story of Boudicca Boadicea , the Iceni queen who led the revolt that very nearly ended the Roman Empire's domination of Britain.
It is told in the first person by Cadwan, harpist to the queen, who loves Boudicca without being blind to her faults. Meet Captain Cook Meet Ned Kelly and the Green Sash.
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Boudicca is the strong and brave leader of the Iceni tribe - courageously guiding her people from one victorious battle to her next.