3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good but not Great,
This review is from: Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East (Paperback)
As a classics student I occasionally like to delve in Roman (and Greek) historical fiction. This is a good novel, it is comparably well written and intelligent and inspires, like the Scarrow novels, with its depiction of Roman military energy which I find quite useful to apply to my day to day life.
As a stand-alone novel, it is good but not great. What prevents its being great is the drawn-out passing of time - perhaps because the main of the action revolves around a city siege - the rather uninspiring twists that are either predictable or not that provoking and it is less of a "rip-roaring read" than say, When The Eagle Hunts (Scarrow).
That said, as a first volume in a series of books it provides a strong premise and the central characters are well-defined and though-out, esp. Ballista, Maximus and the sensitive Demetrius. Hopefully the succeeding volumes (which I've yet to read) will do this good beginning justice and then maybe it will be an essential read.