Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
A great title for this, Ruth Downie's latest sequel in the Russo adventures, (by the way SEMPER FIDELIS, is also the motto of the American Marine Corps ("Always Faithful" ).
I have read all the Russo books to date and I have to say they are a pleasant change to the plethora of cut and thrust contemporary Roman military fiction, even though having said that I am an avid reader of the latter.
I won't delve into the narrative as there are many excellent reviews already posted.
Apart from the excellent plot, what really appeals to me (being a student of Roman history for over thirty years and having lived very near to Hadrian's wall) is Downie's grasp of the epoch, her in-depth historical research, and above all her descriptive powers of everyday life in Roman Imperial Britannia. All the latter breathes life into the narrative which many contemporary authors sacrifice for the plot.
All in all an excellent storyline with three dimensional characters, a real page turner. Highly recommended.
For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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