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Disappointing semi-mystical narrative
on 11 September 2009
To be fair, my expectation based on the jacked blurb was for a clear-cut, factual narrative based on known history, perhaps with a healthy dollop of fiction for places where history does not suffice.
This book instead is a hotch-potch of known history, fiction, mysticism, and religion. There are long descriptions and conversations about dreaming, walking between worlds, she-bears, talking to ancestors, mystical blades, prophecies, and other stuff which simply detracts from an otherwise enjoyable account of Roman Britain.
It gets two stars only because of the historical research involved and the good descriptions of battles - which are sadly very few.
People expecting a logical, sequential story about the era (e.g. Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden) will be disappointed. This is J K Rowling meets Tolkien meets Simon Schama, and ends up being none of them.