I bought this on Kindle just before a flight almost as an impulse buy. I am very glad I did. It made the long-haul flight go quickly and I highly recommend it.
Nice historical details, great weaving of characters, some good twists and a good ending. Really excellent. Whilst I love historical fiction (particularly Bernhard Cornwell) I have always felt less keen on Roman fiction; but this book has made me re-think this. Having read his second bookThe Fortune of Carthage which is possibly even better) I am now of to buy some Simon Scarrow novels.
I have to admit to struggling to get going with this book, but once into the story it picked up. It's the first Kelso book I've read but it certainly hasn't put me off buying others. The characterizations are good and the writing is solid. I like to read a lot of new authors, or different authors works and I've just read the first 4 chapters of his new work Devotio - house of Mus which is much pacier and more my cup of tea.
I don't usually write reviews but wanted to say a few words about this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I've studied ancient history a bit and had a love of Roman history for many years. I don't usually buy novels but thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've learned a lot and, more than that, really felt that I understood what it was like to be there. A great read, I see there is a follow up now so off to buy that too.