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Another good yarn involving the boys...,
This review is from: The Blood Crows (Roman Legion) (Hardcover)
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I like Simon Scarrow's legionary series involving Cato & Macro and have done since they were reluctantly paired together in Under the Eagle. The characters are well described, likeable and you feel like you want them to succeed and overcome the machinations of those in authority that appear to want to put them in harms way for their own nefarious purposes.
I'm not going to describe the plot except to say they're back in the rain swept backside of the Empire - Brittania to be exact, that's it for plot spoilers, well Macro's entertaining mum is with him looking to set up a lucrative business to see her through her retirement - and that's definitely it for storyline spoilers.
Scarrow is adept at working in real events to his novels and the overall background detail and his descriptions of battles are excellently done. In that respect he's very similar in style to Alexander Kent in his ability to place characters on the periphery of real events and to describe the frenetic activity and destruction that happens in battles whilst keeping a very real sense of time: i.e. multiple characters involved in scenes spliced together in the battle so you get a flow to the story, it doesn't keep jumping confusingly backwards and forwards.
This novel does take a little while to get going as Scarrow sets the scene and fills in the background to why our reluctant hero's are where they are, but it's engrossing stuff and when the novel does start to move along the pace picks up nicely and this novel very quickly becomes about as 'un-put-down-able' as they come, moving toward it's final conclusion at a cracking pace. I read "Blood Crows" over a period of a couple of days when I was on off-duty and reluctantly put it down to eat and sleep and to my wife's consternation did little else.
Blood Crows has set up the next in the series really well and I look forward to the next instalment of this entertaining series. I'd also recommend visiting Simon Scarrow's website, [...] as there's some good background stuff about Cato & Macro on there.