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Et tu Sidebottom?
on 26 March 2010
This book is a bit of a stab in the back after the first, very good, book in this series 'Fire in the East'. The story goes all over the place; in fact there is no real story as such, more a bunch of stuff that happens: he goes there, he does that; he comes here, he does this; he goes back again...etc. It's a little dull, and the subplot involving an assassin does not help. To be honest, when your hero is a fighting man whose day-job might earn him an arrow in the neck or a dagger up the bracket at any hour, having an inept assassin trailing him about does not quicken the pulse.
Plot information is also endlessly repeated, apparently for fear of the reader forgetting what's going on, or who's who from chapter to chapter.
And there's a lot of Latin; I don't mind it at all, but after each Latin word, we almost invariably get the English translation. I would have stuck with one or the other (there is a glossary after all).
Knowing a little about the exploits of the historical Balista I think the third book will pick up somewhat.