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Divided Empire by [Kitchen, Brian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2415 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (26 Nov. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018MZEOVU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Divided Empire is a romp written in a classic style. The reader is thrown into a search for a missing document with murders, lies, mistaken identities and a host of other adventures. Brian Kitchen brings to life an historical period. A long gone world composed of ancient structures and places of fallen glories. An era where the hero treads a path between the politics of rule, religion and shifting power. With a breakneck pace, Mr. Kitchen unfolds a story of action set in Roman Briton of people attempting to survive in those turbulent times.
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Divided Empire is a remarkable tale. I found myself immersed within the eclectic landscape of 4th century Roman Britain. This novel will keep you guessing until the final page. There were endless twists and turns, epic battle scenes and finely crafted dialog. I was simply not ready for this book to end. I'm looking forward to its sequel, Dark Betrayal. How will Flavius Vitulasius' legacy play out? I'm ready to discover what's in store for this captivating warrior!
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This is a great novel. The story is gripping, full of action and suspense. The characters are diverse and well developed. Brian Kitchen has done a wonderful job of weaving this great tale seamlessly into a historical backdrop. It is obvious that he did a lot of research before writing this story. Even though this is fiction, I feel as though I have had a glimpse into life in Roman-era Britain.
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Brought Roman Britain to life. Really enjoyed this book.
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Already having a keen interest in Roman history, I delved into this book with great gusto and Divided Empire certainly succeeded in bringing this period of history to life. With the sights and sounds of busy towns described so impeccably, I escaped to Roman Britain and walked in the footsteps of my ancestors thanks to Brian Kitchen.

Through the twists and turns of Flavius' mission we encounter a Roman Britain as vivid as if the author had experienced it himself. Divided Empire was wonderfully researched and could quite easily have referred to modern town names for the readers' ease but, in keeping with the period, all towns were referred to by their Roman name. I could remember some Roman names for our towns and cities from my Latin lessons, but I had great fun looking up those that I couldn't remember. As his passion for Roman history shines out of every page, I could quite easily imagine Brian Kitchen thinking in Latin first; perhaps taking a trip to Eboracum rather than York.

I certainly found it very easy to get into the story as the mystery of Corellia is a brilliant hook. Who is she and why is she leaving a trail of bodies in her wake? Then there is the tension between the Christians and the Pagans and secret messages being passed back and forth, giving Flavius lots to contend with as he tries to uncover the truth about Corellia. It was, however, complicated at times when a lot of characters were introduced, so I sometimes found myself flicking back over the pages to remind myself who was who.

With such colourful characters, anybody who reads Divided Empire will never again say that history is boring! Full of backstabbing and debauchery, Divided Empire is such a fast-paced and highly entertaining read.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Endeavour Press, in exchange for an honest review as part of the Virtual Historical Festival.
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A remarkable novel set in Roman England 391 AD. The Roman Empire has been divided into a western wing and eastern wing. Kitchen sweeps the reader into the whirlpool of intrigue, betrayal, vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth, which characterised Roman Empire. Evidently Roman England was equally embroiled in conspiracies as Rome itself. Despite Christianity having arrived to England, paganism abounded and Kitchen skilfully explores this facet drawing the reader into the double standards and depravity of the times. The novel subtly popses a very interesting question - should a Christian nation impose its morals and values on its pagan citizens a dilemma facing us to this day. It is obvious from the beginning that the strength of one’s allegiances meant everything and ones very life depended on it. Despite favouring a clipped militaristic style befitting the novel as it is told in the POV of the centurion Flavius Vitulasius the novel flows smoothly and makes pleasant reading. Though the Roman Empire had stabilised it was threatened with revolts. Kitchen adeptly captures the brilliance, gore and competence that marked one of the most awesome and enduring empires known to mankind. Meticulously researched Kitchens eye for minutiae and his gift for coaxing the past to life makes this one heck of a read. He impresses on the reader that these are harsh and fickle times and survival depends on swift and ruthlessly efficient reprisals to any revolts. Kitchens characters are well aware pf the dangerous times they live in and are spurred to protect the freedom they cherish.Read more ›
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The Golden Age of Imperial Rome is coming to an end, and Flavius Vitulasius has his orders — he is to return to Britain and find a document known only as the ‘Pagan Concord.’ If this document were to fall into the wrong hands, it would undoubtedly cause, not just unrest, but civil war between the Roman Christians and the native Pagans of this cold and damp little island.

What, on the face of it, appears to be a simple assignment, turns into a complicated nightmare, and Flavius must keep his wits if he is to escape with his life.

What a refreshing and compelling read. With likeable characters and an engaging plot, Divided Empire, is a wonderfully refreshing take on the last days of Roman Britain.

Kitchen's attention to detail is staggering. He has created a world that is not only fresh but as accurate as it possibly could be in the telling. It is obvious Kitchen has spent a great deal of time researching this fascinating period.

This book kept me guessing throughout. I was intrigued by the character of Corellia. She is a mysterious and intriguing woman, who has an interesting past and a somewhat precarious lifestyle! Flavius certainly met his match when he stumbled upon her!

Full of intrigue and suspense, Divided Empire is a sit-down and finish book. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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