The continuing journey of the prince and his bodyguards across a strange world. Local political intrigue and wars slow the journey to the sea and the lack of a sea-worthy vessel becomes the key stumbling block. But where there is a war there is a way! The book is fast paced and action packed but does not advance the story as much as it should for the second book of a trilogy. Too much of the story remains for the last book.
I enjoyed March up country and March to the Sea gets even better. As Bronze Batallion gets decimated the charcters become more real. I particularly like their inventiveness and way they fall back on the really ancient Earth history as their moderm weapons run our of power. March to the Stars out soon sounds like the end - that will be a pity.
The second book follows on from the first book in a seamless way. The characters are hardening up as they progress through the alien World they are marooned on. The relationships are well developed and evolving as the book progresses. Action follows action as the group meet new groups of indiginous people and defends itself against some whilst assisting others. The character of Prince Roger is developing and maturing all the time. The Royal bodyguard characters have developed into a unit that is extremely loyal and are becoming much closer to Roger than is normal. Their Commander is a master tactician who develops as the book progresses into a close confident of the Prince. Once again an exciting book that makes you look foward to the book that follows.
A more mature prince roger continues his journey home, causing destruction and change in his wake, The bronze barbarians would stack up against any of my favourite combat teams, from ultra modern to medieval, from the blood Eagles to the marines of old charis. Roger learns to lead from those who know how to be led.