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A Solid Addition To The Series,
This review is from: The Blood Crows (Roman Legion) (Hardcover)
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If you're a long standing fan of Simon Scarrow's 'Eagle' series featuring Macro and Cato then you will find 'The Blood Crows' to be another enjoyable episode in their ongoing adventures. You might also prefer it to some of the more recent previous volumes, as it features less of the cloak and dagger work that had become a feature of the series and sees both men return to their dramatic roots in both the Legions and the province of Britannia. Otherwise it doesn't spring any great surprises or try to rewrite the series formula, but it does give fans everything they have come to expect.
As someone who enjoys the series but isn't fanatical about it I enjoyed The Blood Crows and found it to be an entertaining albeit unchallenging read. Everything I would expect from the series was there, and it was well put together. However, despite the change of location and shift in focus away from political skulduggery, there was definitely a further sense of diminishing returns from this latest adventure. After 12 volumes, no matter what new obstacles Scarrow throws in heroes' paths, I can't quite shift the feeling that this is a series whose best days are behind it, and that an air of predictability has begun to settle over the adventures of Macro and Cato.
If you've never read any of the previous books in the series I would not recommend starting here. Whilst you could read The Blood Crows without having tackled any of the previous eleven novels and still enjoy it, you'll find the many references to past adventures mean nothing. The relationships between characters will also lack the weight and significance that comes with having followed their earlier trials and tribulations. Far better to go back to the beginning of the series and work your way back to here.