Warrior of Rome: The Amber Road (Warrior of Rome 6) Hardcover – 18 Jul 2013
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Blazes with searing scholarship (The Times)
Sidebottom has the touch of an exceptionally gifted storyteller, drawing on prodigious learning (Tim Severin, author of the 'Vikings' trilogy)
Gruesome, Gladiator-style battle scenes and well-researched detail (Shortlist)
About the Author
Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benet's Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.
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First, there is the historical context. The story takes place in AD 264, within one of the less well-known periods of the Roman Empire sometimes called "the Third Century Crisis" and as the Empire is torn by multiple usurpations, civil wars and invasions from Germanic Barbarians by land and sea all along the Rhine and the Danube. A few years before, Britain, Gaul and Spain had seceded, with Posthumus, a Batavian general, having been proclaimed Emperor. Odenathus, Lord of Palmyra, controls the Eastern part after having defeated the Persians. At least officially and for the time being, he acts there as the viceroy of Emperor Gallienus who still controls the central part of the Empire. The latter has been facing one crisis after another (and, at times, several almost simultaneously) for most of his reign which starting in AD 253.
Unsurprisingly, since the author is also an accomplished historian, the historical context is very well presented, with summaries of previous events (both those that took place in previous volumes and events that have not been described in detail) being summarized through the reflections of some of the main characters.Read more ›
I really cannot fault it. Should I have one criticism, it's that inevitably the strange names, whether they be place names or names of peoples or tribes, to a greater or lesser degree will be unknown to the reader. All is revealed at the end of the book of course where you can look them up. Not too much of a problem with an actual physical book, but somewhat frustrating with the Kindle edition. Perhaps something that those responsible for Kindle software could address. This is not a criticism of this excellent book, or indeed Harry Sidebottom though, I hasten to add.
As the Author is a scholar of the time. It is laced with people who existed from the great and good to the not so great or good. Looking forward to book 7 and the Throne Of The Ceasers is another great series by this writter. That is set just before this one and depending on how that delevops, could be a forerunner of the Warrior Of Rome series.
But only complaint I have is that book 6 does finish rather vaguely, as too many loose ends left untied. Or is that the greater plan for book 7?
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A fast paced story with some excellently created battle scenes. But there's too many loose endings to surely finish the series on book six.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Ballista heads north from Ukraine through Poland to Denmark -- though in those days, these countries and nations did not exist and other people lived in those lands. Read morePublished 6 months ago by deepak s fernandes