Of all the woman warriors in myth and legend, few are more storied than Boudicca, the fierce, redheaded queen who, in the first century A.C.E. led the most celebrated Celtic rebellion in history. But here, for the first time, Jan Surasky imagines Boudicca’s enthralling story of bravery and triumph from the Celtic point of view. In her extensively researched, vividly told novel, Boudicca bursts to life as never before in all her bold passion, brazen courage and heroic glory.
After a carefree childhood, Boudicca is wed in a politically matched marriage to a much older king. Then, her world turns dark. Romans invade, breaking a pact that would have saved her tribe from doom, wreaking havoc, taking slaves, publicly humiliating Boudicca, and assaulting her two young daughters. Betrayed and outraged, she leads thousands of warriors into an epic battle to avenge her daughters and rid her beloved island of Roman tyranny.
Grand in scope and intimate in detail, Rage Against the Dying Light resonates with the queen’s indomitable spirit. Thanks to Jan Surasky’s beautifully written novel, Boudicca takes her place alongside no lesser woman warrior than Joan of Arc herself.