Troubador Boudica’s Daughter

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838593582

eISBN: 9781838598501

Format: Paperback/eBook

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‘Sam Hutchins manages to turn the pivotal nightmare on which much of the drama is based into a kind of measure of the delicacy of emotions behind the central love story.’ – Irina Hale, author.

It’s 60AD. Roman Britannia is a world of shifting alliances and imperial control. The death of the Iceni king divests the royal family of its power and its lands become imperial estates. The queen, Voada, and her two daughters feel the full weight of Roman greed and desire as their world changes dramatically around them.

Seeking revenge, Voada is named the Boudica, the military leader of the resistance movement. She and her daughters, Caitlyn and Keara, hold together a mixed band of disenchanted Britons. Crossing the boundaries of their lands, burning, killing, destroying, they seek the formidable Roman enemy and its collaborators.

On this journey through war Keara has to unmask the enemy and face some terrifying truths. The fall of the royal family might end Iceni rule… but it might also bring down Roman Britannia.

What the Shardlake novels and the Wolf Hall trilogy does for the rule of Henry the eighth so Boudica's Daughter does for Roman Britain.
The feel for the time is remarkable and I felt transported.
Wonderfully atmospheric and a gripping read.
I look forward to reading more of Keara.
Highly recommended.

by Stuart Rees Thomas


Through the imaginary fate of Boudica’s youngest daughter, Sam F. Hutchins renews the narration of the heroic Iceni rebellion. Based on solid historical sources, her novel subtly interweaves gripping action scenes, a poignant love story and political context analysis. It’s captivating to follow those powerful women in search of their freedom who defy the abusive power of Rome. It echoes our contemporary debates on feminism, colonialism or declining civilizations… A thrilling novel, so alive that you almost believe it was written by someone who fought, cried, laughed and loved by their side!

by Florence Monteil


Thoroughly enjoyable read! Look forward to reading any future books from Keara's adventures across the roman empire

by Izzy


Attention all historical fiction lovers: finally, a historical novel that features the Roman occupation of Britain in the first century AD!

Sam J Hutchins has stepped up to the plate, filled the void and penned a wonderful, much needed and anticipated account about Voada, Queen of Iceni, and her daughters, Caitlyn and Keara as they lead an uprising against the conquering forces of the Roman Empire. Emperor Nero is wringing his hands greedily after Voada’s husband dies and his will is read in Londinium. You see, the Iceni kingdom is one of the richest Celtic lands and once controlled, can bring lots of money into Nero’s coffers. To safeguard his family’s inheritance, King Prasutagus, before succumbing to the wasting disease, stated that he wished his two benefactors to each receive half of the share of his kingdom and Emperor Nero to be the remaining co-heir. Nero cruelly twists the wording of the King’s will and boldly announces that Caitlyn can’t become the ruling heir; furthermore, they have two months to repay loans the Iceni thought were gifts! This would prove to be the catalyst for Voada demanding revenge. When the men sent to impose Roman law and confiscate the land arrive, they are met with the fiercely unified Celtic tribes. History books tell of Voada summoning her people to unleash war upon the invading Romans near a settlement for discharged Roman soldiers in Camulodunum, now modern-day Colchester in England. What ensues is an epic battle recorded in the annals of history. Voada is renamed Boudica and well, the rest is history!

You’ll have to pick up a copy of this book to follow the resistance as these disenchanted people take up arms and take the fight to the Romans. This book has something for everyone; the fierce love of a mother willing to do anything for her daughters, the sisterly bond that supports wayward siblings, a loving canine companion, a romance, brutal battles and even unsuspected plot twists! Hutchins, with the ability to bring history alive, has made sure we remember this courageous warrior queen who fought for freedom from oppression, for herself and all the Celtic tribes of Britain.

by NetGalley review


A wonderful read and impossible to put down. This book really brings to life the history of the Britons and the complex nature of living under Roman rule. A fantastic tale of revenge, loyalty, love and a desire for freedom from Roman control. Thoroughly enjoyable - more please.

by Jenny Marks


Druids, female warriors, evil Romans. Call me odd, but I find all those things comforting. "Boudica's Daughter" has a lot more to offer than just those things. There are moments of intense drama, heartbreak, and fierce hope. It's a very well-rounded book and is brilliantly written. I would very much like to read more of this author's work.

by NetGalley review


This book was amazing! It had it all; mystery, passion, betrayal, standing up for what you know is right....everything! I am very thankful for the publishers, the author, and netgalley for allowing me to read this book. It kept me pulled in the entire time, I couldn't put it down!

by NetGalley review


i really enjoyed this book, I liked the use of historical points and adding that to the characters. I'd be interested in seeing more from this series.

by NetGalley review


This is an extraordinary book that places the reader firmly in 60 AD and which brings Roman Britain vibrantly alive. The remarkable story of the central female characters storms along and is enriched at every turn by fascinating insights into plants, medicine, architecture, beliefs, rituals and customs. Wonderfully, it is a book with a hidden history lesson included but it wears its scholarship lightly- it is the passion, courage and intelligence of Boudica and most especially her younger daughter Keara that will keep the reader turning the pages. Highly recommended.

by Sarah Easter Collins


Exceptional story for a period of history often glossed over in literature. The time period (60ad) has never been so vividly depicted and sets an enigma of a woman on its front pages. Beautiful story, exceptional characters and plot - this is a must read from anyone even slightly curious of the history surrounding Boudicca and her descendants.

by Katie Robbert


Exceptional story for a period of history often glossed over in literature. The time period (60ad) has never been so vividly depicted and sets an enigma of a woman on its front pages. Beautiful story, exceptional characters and plot - this is a must read from anyone even slightly curious of the history surrounding Boudicca and her descendants.

by NetGalley review


This book is so captivating, loved following the story of this powerful women and the story of the Iceni. An excellent story for this period in history.
Amazing characters with a complex plot. Loved reading it!

by NetGalley review


This book was gripping from start to finish. A brilliant historical fiction novel which combines excellent writing with superb plots and characters. A must read which will whisk you away into the past.

by stevie stratford


I really enjoyed reading this book. Boudica's rebellion in AD 61 was so vivid that I could clearly see the characters in my mind’s eye and I could ‘watch’ the story unfold page after page. It is a story full of terror, conflict, friendship, love and adventure. The author clearly knows the historical details and I even found myself researching facts as I wanted to know more. Well done, a real page turner, I really hope there will be a sequel soon so I can continue the journey. I would recommend Boudica’s Daughter to anyone who likes historical dramas but also to people who would like to learn more about Voada in the most entertainable way.

by Tanya Hucklesby


The Iceni warrior queen boudica has a tragic, courageous and well known tale, rebel who took on the Romans. This very immersive tale continues this story through her daughters whose rape triggered their mothers revenge against the Roman invaders. Full of description that brings the period to life you are drawn into what happened next yo Catlynn and Keara in their quest for revenge and the protection of the Iceni people and Britainnic way of life. An excellent read

by NetGalley review


Brilliant. An excellent read from beginning to end.

by Solene Brandt


I really enjoyed Boudica's Daughter but I felt it was a bit rushed. It was very fast paced which isn't a bad thing but I felt like everything could have been expanded on. I almost wish that it had been split into two books. The first book about the rise of the rebellion and Boudica dying and then the second book about the aftermath and Keara going off to Africa.

by NetGalley review


I loved the story of Boudica, and this book helped bring to life Boudica and her daughters. To let them have a voice, even if is fictional.

by NetGalley review


Sam F. Hutchins

Sam F. Hutchins was born and grew up in London. She studied archaeology, ancient history and cultural studies at Exeter University, and has worked as a journalist, public relations officer, archaeologist and teacher. She is now a senior lecturer in English literature at Orleans University, France. She has published non-fiction work, a book called Boudica's Odyssey in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014), and a number of articles.

She is married to an archaeologist. They have three daughters and live near Paris.



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