Not the best.,
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This review is from: Legacy of Blood: Spartan 3 (Paperback)
I've read a lot of historical / fantasy fiction, like Simon Scarrow, David Gemmel, R A Salvatore etc, I was hoping this would be at a similar level but what I found over the three books were that they were reasonably entertaining but not gripping.
I'd hoped to learn more about the Spartans but didn't, all I got was a rehashed version of the best lines from 300 "Come back with your shield or on it" "Fight in the shade" "Lay down your weapons, come and get them" even Leonidas is in there.
They are also very short books, I finished one on a short flight.
So in summary, good for a young reader or someone looking for a quick holiday read. I doubt I'lll buy his next book.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2011 15:12:30 BDT
Sir Furboy says:
I think this comment is a little unfair, as the books are clearly targetted at the children/young adult audience. That is why they are shorter and lighter touch.
The author does not rehash lines from the moview 300, he rehashes the famous words attributed to Spartans in this histories. The fact that 300 also uses these lines shows that the movie did bear some (not much) resemblance to the historical battle of Thermopylae. Yes we have a younger prince Leonidas in this book, so we know where he is heading. But the last Simon Scarrow book I read had a young Julius Caesar so I don't think that is illegitimate either.
I think you learn a lot more about historical Sparta in this book than in the movie 300. (I enjoyed the movie - don't get me wrong - I just recognise that the story only bears a passing resemblance to actual history).
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