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OK if what you want is the life of a Roman soldier
on 19 July 2013
But not much of a novel, if you ask me. It began well, and clearly the publishers thought so too since they have published the first few chapters as a 'Storycuts' episode. Here, there was good interplay between the characters and it was atmospheric of Ancient Parthia. However, after that, it was downhill all the way. Endless stories of how the legion was trained. Endless stories of how the legionaries formed relationships between themselves. I began to think nothing would ever happen, in terms of a dramatic storyline, and as for the characters - they were not interesting to me. Demalion was a vain (kept noticing how he looked in the Roman version of a mirror) and rather boring man, but the sad thing was, I don't think the author intended this. The relationships were slight, and mostly hinted at. It was about three quarters of the way through the novel before the events at Masada unfolded. Very disappointing as I loved the Oudica books and also Rome 1.