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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not quite great, 5 Nov 2012
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This is the fifth in an excellent series, but perhaps the weakest. I don't like making that point as I have very much enjoyed the series to date. It is in no way a bad novel, just not as strong as the others.

We now find Centurion Marcus Corvus and his fellow Tungrian Auxiliary cohorts being sent to Dacia to protect a gold mine. Not surprisingly, they come up against both barbarians and treachery and Corvus learns something that will be of great use if he survives.

Anthony Riches is a very good writer and you can tell he is trying to not just repeat previous novels. There is no-one potentially exposing Marcus (whose colleagues are hiding his true identity) and you sense that the political aspect will come for to the fore. So, why not my usual four stars? Well, it took a while to get going and felt slightly forced at the start, not helped by the need to tell the background through a character discussion and there were threads rather easily cut odd - a well-established character is killed rather too casually, as is a new character, somewhat underused.

But all the good stuff is in here too, some great character inter-action, camaraderie and some very authentic Roman action.

This may be a key cross-roads in Anthony Riches' series, I sense he will send Marcus towards Rome and somehow will have to work out if he can get the Tungrians over there too. I'll buy it because I am a fan and hope it is a return to full form.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2012 18:23:18 GMT
J. Lesley says:
Isn't this the book Nate just said Amazon canceled for him? Wonder why they did that? Maybe some stocking or shipping problems for the U.S. books.
Judy
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