3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good- but not his best,
This review is from: Tyrant (Hardcover)
I have so far read the last legion and the Alexander trilogy, to which Tyrant does not compare, but is nonetheless a thoroughly entertaining novel.
There are places in the book where Manfredi captures the epic scale of events as he does so well in other books, but there are other places when the book seems like a cheaply made film. The sudden mood swings of the main character and impetuous decisions very often feel out of place and unreal.
There are also frequent instances where the book just seems quickly written, though this may be down to the translation process. The book felt as though it was over too quickly, you find yourself just becoming attached to the characters as towards the end of the novel they finally display some realistic emotions and characteristics when the novel finishes (rather abrubtly).
Overall I enjoyed reading this because of its subject matter and storyline, and there are some brilliant pieces of writing embedded in the book, but they are few and far between: the book just doesn't display the polish and depth shown in Manfredi's other novels.