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4.0 out of 5 stars One for Roman history fans, 6 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Wounds of Honour (Empire) (Hardcover)
This book fits neatly into the Roman fictional history genre and has a well researched structure similar to Harry Sidebottom's books, whilst containing plenty of action reminiscent of Simon Scarrow.

The author has quite cleverly created a unique and subtle writing style where the reader learns more about Roman military life and social customs, but in a way which does not detract the reader's attention from the story and most importantly the action!

With the ever increasing number of books which saturate this genre, you may well ask yourself whether you should bother with this one and begin a new series. Well in my opinion if you love Roman history, particularly Roman Britain, then this is a book for you. This is a superb first book which lays good foundations for a potentially excellent series.

Strong characters with intriguing personalities and mysterious histories combined with a breath of treason are aspects which feature strongly in this first book. A number of loose ends have been left at the end of the book and I expect that these will form the bedrock of the second novel.

An enjoyable, informative novel which I highly recommend to those who love the genre.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2009 10:50:53 GMT
I think you have hit the nail on the head here Joe. So many series, so many Romans.

Already following Kane's and Ramsbottem's series, not sure I can handle another one as well yet!
Plus I kind of over dosed on swords and sandals a few years ago. But they will have to devote a section of Waterstones to historical fiction soon won't they.
The genres exploded! I love it. If only I didn't have to work I could keep up with all of them.

Alex

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2009 11:24:46 GMT
J. Cooper says:
Yep! So many different series to keep on top with, it makes remembering what you've read in the first book difficult when you start the second. However, the great advantage of so many series means there is always a new book on the horizon waiting to be read!

This book is very similar to Harry Sidebottom's approach with dashes of Scarrow thrown in during the action scenes. You will definitely enjoy this book but if you are overdosing on Romanism, think about adding this to your "to read" mountain after the Christmas hols!

I would love to see an entire section on historical fiction at Waterstones; I spend so much time in there as it is just browsing, I drive my Girlfriend crackers! If I won the lottery, I would probably spend most of my time browsing, buying and reading.

Alas such thoughts are but a dream and the reality is a quick visit after work on Pay Day!!

Regards

Joe
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