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Even better than the first book...
on 5 January 2009
I left quite a gap between reading the 'Pillars of Rome' and 'The Sword of Revenge', yet I caught up with the plot and characters again in no time. This is surely testimony to the care and resonance with which these books are written; notably the depth of narrative, human insight and the epic, panoramic scale of the adventures.
Jack Ludlow's writing is highly memorable, full of drama, taut suspense and deeply drawn characterisation. There is also level of irony and wit about his characters you don't often get in historical fiction.
I shan't spoil it for you, only suffice to say the story of Aquila continues, this time our Celtic (now Romanised) hero heads south to Sicily where there is a slave uprising and a reunion with Gadoric. In Rome, we see a brave and noble Marcellus come of age as the politics of the Republic reaches boiling point. Lucius meets his destiny as foretold by the Oracle and the sons of Aulus (Titus and Quintus) find themselves at moral odds in an ultimate struggle for power at very the heart of Rome.
I am now off to buy the third book in the series!