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Great Final Book!,
This review is from: Emperor : The Gods of War (Hardcover)I must start by congratulating Conn Iggulden on the amazing final book and a fantastic series overall.
This book and the whole series would suit anyone who has an interest in the Roman Military or Julius Caesar and his life.
The book itself starts off after just crossing the Rubicon having defeated Vercingetorix and taking control of Gaul, with Caesar and his legions marching towards Rome. I'll try not to give too much away to anyone who hasn't read the series yet but in the further battles Caesar is to have, Iggulden describes them perfectly.
After Caesar has conquered all and returns to Rome you can definetly tell that power has turned him to a Grade A snob. Personally I think that makes the book that much better because that is what would happen to any person with that much power in his hands.
For me, there are two problems with this book:
1.) When Brutus betrayed Caesar and went to Pompey, I found that rather petty on Brutus' behalf. But when Pompey's and Caesar's armies fight, why did Caesar forgive Brutus. I thought the betrayal would have been the set off point for the assassination.
2.) After Brutus and Caesar become good friends again, one would think, "When and why would Brutus assassinate Caesar?" When the time comes, it just seems like Suetonius and Cassius say to Brutus, "Wanna betray your lifetime friend?" To which Brutus states immediately, "Yeah, why not?" I can understand Iggulden's reasons for making the assassination this way, Caesar is just too powerful but for me it seems too abrupt.
Anyway I must say that the final two pages redeem itself for this minor indiscretion and overall I think this whole series makes Iggulden a great historic writer of our time