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- File Size: 384 KB
- Print Length: 83 pages
- Publisher: Headline (27 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008K9XLBS
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- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arena: Challenger (Part Two of the Roman Arena Series) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I did think the description of this one to be a little misleading; Macro is not in this one anywhere near as much as part one, something i would expect in a full novel, but the novella's are (as far as im aware a prequel about Macro's early career). The description leads me to think the book is a Macro book, but in reality its a Pavo book.
Now that gripe aside, Pavo is an excellent character and im more than happy to read about him, he brings a different dimension to Simon's Macro and Cato world. I think there could be more complexity to his character, but a novella may not offer the opportunity to explore it, as there is little room to do that , train and get to meat of the plot. Each book does reveal a little more depth to Pavo, there is a nice line in animosity within the ludus... not sure that can go anywhere now though?
And my final gripe: Pallas while in the background is clearly a key person in Macros life at this point, and yet None of this came up in Praetorian, I would have liked to have seen more of this animosity coming out and being told to Cato in that book.
But all of this aside, i really enjoyed the book, it was a one sitting read, always the sign of a good book, and i have pre-ordered books 3, 4 & 5.
Arena: First Sword (Part Three of the Roman Arena Series)
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Pavo's struggle continues with the odds hopelessly stacked against him as his lanista and doctores conspire with Rome's politicians to prematurely end his new found celebrity status. They not only pit him against a previously unbeaten gladiator, but also tip the scales in the favour of Pavo's rival.
Optio Macro once again makes an appearance, but it was nice to see him in a more supporting role this time round, allowing Pavo to take centre stage and develop as a character.
At only £1.99, this ebook is competitively priced and in my opinion, good value for money. It takes about the same time to read as a 'Quickread' or a magazine.
For me, this series could run and run, and I for one can't wait for the next instalment.
Will carry on looking for his "stuff" and look forward to the next ones in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always, Simon Scarrow's books don't disappoint, this one was great. I loved it.Published 5 months ago by Margaret