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Lion of the Sun (Warrior of Rome (Paperback)) Paperback – 28 Aug 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press; Reprint edition (28 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781468300642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468300642
  • ASIN: 1468300644
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,071,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Warrior of Rome Series:

"A starring Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama."--"The Guardian"

"Harry Sidebottom's epic tale starts with a chilling assassination and goes on, and up, from there."--Mary Beard, author of "The Roman Triumph"

"A book to keep you up well past your bedtime."--"Evening Standard"

AUTHORBIO Harry Sidebottom is best known for the Warrior of Rome series of novels, published by Overlook. He teaches classical history at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St. Benets Hall and a Lecturer at Lincoln College. Visit harrysidebottom.co.uk.

"A book to keep you up well past your bedtime." — "Evening Standard"

"A book to keep you up well past your bedtime."

"Harry Sidebottom''s epic tale starts with a chilling assassination and goes on, and up, from there."----Mary Beard, author of"The Roman Triumph"

"A starring Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama."---"The Guardian"

"This novel of sharp swords and blunt wit should find an appreciative audience among bloodthirsty battle boys of all ages."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Harry Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship."--"The Times" (London)

"Harry Sidebottom's epic tale starts with a chilling assassination and goes on, and up, from there."---Mary Beard, author of"The Roman Triumph"

"A book to keep you up well past your bedtime."---Evening Standard

About the Author

Harry Sidebottom is best known for the Warrior of Rome series of novels, published by Overlook. He teaches classical history at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St. Benet's Hall and a Lecturer at Lincoln College.

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The book came on time and was well wrapped up. It was the hardback edition. Seems good value for the money.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was interested to see where Harry was going to take the next book in this series, unlike some of the Roman series out there at the moment I feel that this one has more of a shelf life with Ballista, but between now and the end I really want to see how well Harry writes the character, his friends and all of their lives.

Lion of the Sun lived up to its predecessors and delivered with plenty of punch, there is action aplenty and the characters as usual leap off the page. For me an example of a good book is how quickly it ends, ie how soon I get to the end. I tend to find reasons to delay bad books and find other things to do, and awful books I never ever finish. This took me 2 days cover to cover which for its size is a good sign.

Without giving any plot away I feel we learn a lot more about the Sassanid empire and Shapur in this book, but by the end of the book you can see the end of the series even more so than before...which is fine because I would ask Harry...what's next...all authors have another series just over the horizon. (do you??)

A solid 4 out of 5 from me.
(Parm)
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Format: Hardcover
Having read a number of Harry's books (well the previous two in this series) before I pretty much knew what to expect. You gat an almost classical education as you read through his work, backed up with charactes that leap from the pages of history to defy the rules and history makers of the day.

Its reasonably paced, the descriptiveness descent and bound together with an outline that does what it says on the tin./ Whilst perhaps not as imaginable as Cornwell or combat based as either Scarrow or Cameron, this author does bring a book to the table that many a reader will enjoy.

Definitely a title to take your time with in order to fully digest what's happening within. Good fun, solid back up and perhaps most importantly a sustainable quality for all of his writing. Whilst you can read this without having read any others in the series I would really recommend against that course of action and suggest that you start at the beginning in order to get the most out of this title.
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I realize that there are two Ballista instalments after this one but Lion of the Sun concludes the story-arch beginning with Fire in the East. It is an excellent conclusion albeit very different in style from the first two books.

To begin with matters are a lot more complicated with many characters claiming the title 'emperor' and many more plot elements outside the struggle against the Sassanids (Persians). In addition, the narration takes the view of many more characters other than Ballista, including Maximus, Gallienus (Valerian's son and rightful heir to the throne), Demetrius etc. Characters long absent since Fire in the East and the beginning of King of Kings make an interesting return.

The final few pages did surprise me a great deal and for the first time Sidebottom offered a twist I was far from expecting.

I knock one star off as the story is rather rushed, with a slow beginning and then gradually gaining momentum but then feeling a little rushed towards the end. To be fair I read it very fast so I might have missed a few details such as what happens to Calcagus, Ballista's servant and Demetrius is unaccounted for in the end - perhaps plot points that are covered in The Caspian Gates.

Four stars for this volume then as it is darker, more epic and tragic than the first two instalments and is on the whole a very pleasing conclusion to the story-arch that began with Fire in the East.
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Format: Hardcover
Well professor Sidebottem continues to endeavor to improve my mind despite my begging him not to! As well as the usual latin lessons this time there is extensive passages from Homer and and Euripides courtesy of our poetry loving Barbarian hero!
However interspersed with these cultural offerings is a cracking action packed story full of Roman treachery, full pitched battles, alleyway skirmishes and enough people declaring themselves Emperor to fill a bus.

What most impresses me about Sidebottem's writing however is his excellent character portrayals and deft touch with violence. The cast list is 3D and believable, the dialogue realistic and witty and the violence is descriptive, graphic but not over the top. What this means is we have a set of people we really care about up to their necks in adventure and danger! Just what I want from my historical fiction.

The story picks up from volume 2 with Ballista still a captive of the Sassanids and his recently freed slaves on the run from them.
The loathsome Macrianus and his even more loathsome sons are still in the ascendency but with world history coming to the boil nicely, how long will they remain so? The Sassanids are still on the warpath, the Palmyran ruler (the Lion of the Sun from the books title) could hold the balance of power in the east, and Gallienus (the real Emperor) is out for revenge! Ballista and his household are caught in the middle of all this and Ballista must walk a fine line to protect those he loves and yet exact his own sworn revenge. I would strongly advise anyone about to sample this authors work to read them in order, as unlike some of Cornwell's historical saga's it does matter here.

This book seems to conclude the story in the East, at least for now.
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