Ironroot: Volume 2 (Tales of the Empire) Paperback – 10 Apr 2014
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This episode is well written, and well thought out; it isn't the most original or surprising story, but it still kept me interested right until the end.
Unfortunately, the grammatical and spelling errors crept in again towards the end, although they weren't as bad as some self-published efforts. However, it really does spoil the overall impression.
Overall, a readable story, in an imagined world. If you haven't read anything by this author, and you like historical fiction, then I would thoroughly recommend this series, or his 'Marius Mules' series.
From the poetic and vivid opening chapter I was hooked and then only sleep or work could pull me away from my kindle as it wound its way around the lands of the Empire, following a tight-knit trio of characters as they bonded in the face of espionage and skullduggery. Indeed the characters really grew on me as the story unfolded, so much so that I was parrying every sword-blow with Varro and his entourage before long!
The 'hook' factor has left me wanting to explore the world of the 'Tales of the Empire' series, so I'll definitely be reading more of this series and the author's other works.
One of the finds of the year so far for me!
Quite similar to the Simon Scarrow Novels , altogether a very good read.
The protagonist Varro, a Captain in the Imperial Army, is wounded during a skirmish and is subsequently told that he is dying because the weapon used on him was laced with Ironroot, a poison with no antidote. When it becomes apparent that he was specifically targeted, a conspiracy to cover up a senior officer's treasonous activities unfolds. Thus begins a race against time as he and an enterprising member of an engineers cohort seek out the truth and possible revenge. What follows is an exciting tale of action, loyalty and a steadfast belief that they were chosen for this mission by a local tribal deity.
Now the author could have gone in many different ways with this including a formulaic one but this is where all the surprises in the plot come to the fore. The climatic scenes are wonderfully portrayed demonstrating Mr. Turney's vivid imagination and abundant sense of irony. I would love to be more specific but that would be unfair to the author and to prospective readers...after all, they deserve to be as surprised in their reading of this novel as I was.
Do the Gods control the destiny of men? Can the dead avenge themselves?
Captain Varro of the Fourth Army is about to have the worst day of his life, but in the face of hopeless odds, Varro will find justice, honour, friendship, love, and the favour of Gods.
In solving a personal mystery, Varro stumbles across a twenty year old tale of treachery and violence that threatens once again the security of the Northern Provinces.
As you would expect from one of his books you get a great combination of action pace, plot flow and great characters, all blending together to make a great story, one i will be recommending to all my friends.
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Good book and a relatively believable story but you do have to concentratePublished 12 months ago by David Sanderson