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The latest addition to a great series keeps up the standard,
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This review is from: Marius' Mules IV: Conspiracy of Eagles (Kindle Edition)
This is the fourth instalment in the story of Fronto, one of Caeser's legionary commanders in his campaigns in Northern Europe. The first three books were thoroughly enjoyable, a definite cut above the mass of roman era fiction that is out there at the moment.
Fronto has grown as a character, as have many of the people around him, both in the army, and at home in Rome. The only slightly jarring note is the writing of Fronto's soon-to-be wife, who comes across as a little too shrew-like for my liking. Considering she is the daughter of a military commander, she seems to have little understanding of how such a man would act.
In this episode, the events in Rome, though dealt with in less detail, are as important as those on the campaign trail, as they have a real effect on Fronto's actions by the end of the book.
The author does have a good feel for the era, and seems to understand life in the roman army. He brings the reader into that world really well, and explains it without lecturing.
His handling of the nuances of Caeser's character are very interesting: who can tell whether they are true - this is fiction, after all, but they are believable, which is what matters over the course of four books. By the end of this book, Fronto has changed his mind about Caeser: will he change it again in the next instalment?
Overall, this is a hugely enjoyable book, in a very entertaining series. I am looking forward to episode five!