- Series: Empire (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 355 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444711903
- ISBN-13: 978-1444711905
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book has the same ingredients as the other previous episodes. It is essentially one of these "swords and sandals" (well, Roman boots anyway!) adventure stories books, but it is one of the better ones, or, perhaps more accurately, one of the ones that I prefer. The main reason for this is because Tony Riches is one of these authors who happens to be just as good as a story teller and as a historian. His historical note on the Antonin Wall (much less well-known than Hadrian's Wall) is rather excellent. His description of the Roman army, the relationships between legions and auxiliaries, between tribunes, centurions and troopers and between senators and equestrians are also well grounded and thoroughly researched.
Some readers might dislike the rather abundant "profanity" in the dialogues, with lots of swearing, slang and biological and sexual terms. One other reviewer took exception to what was seen as a transposition of the behaviour and vocabulary of modern British soldiers. The author certainly has made this assumption, and quite deliberately. However, it does "rings true" and seems rather plausible, to say the least. We do know that Roman soldiers were made to be though, rough and coarse. Assuming they weren't already so when they enlisted, they certainly became so, or else they did not last very long. In modern parlance, you could say that this was part of the "job requirements". Anyway, who expects Roman soldiers, whether legionaries or auxiliaries, to be gentile, nice and sweet, polite and well brought up?Read more ›
Here we find the Tungrians back in Britannia where a few important loose ends are cleared up. Some old baddies get their deserts. We met some new ones and some new good people too. We also learn a lot about the Antonine Wall. Each book offers the reader a glimpse of part of Rome that was not well known. This part of Rome is almost never written about and we learn a lot as Riches uses it as a back drop.
But as always, it is the people that shine. One of the aspects of Riches books that I enjoy is the sense of "Mateship" between his characters. Many long for the kind of relationship that comes from spending you life and risking it over years in close contact with others. We live such shadowy lives by comparison today. The Tungrians are such a body of men. Being auxiliaries, their separateness bonds them even more strongly together. Fortunately in this volume, Riches does not kill off too many of our favourites but does end the life of one of the regulars with the kind of results that we can expect.
We find ourselves at the end of the book back in Rome for the first time. The next book is well set up by the end of this one.
Riches has chosen a very useful period in history with masses of choices for future books. I look forward to reading them all as fast as he can write them
If Riches could tighten up that subplot and eradicate it, which slicing off the head might do, then this book can rise. The fight scenes are excellent. The tactical combat wonderful, and some of the dialogue makes you chortle outloud.
Yet the suspension of disbelief on whether our hero Marcus is known to live by the Preatorian Prefect, and is known to live by so many tasked with finding him that he as a declared traitor remains alive, always detracts. Conflict makes for good storytelling but this was too abused in prior books and still in this, causing a full 20% of the book to be the resolution, a disjunct part of the main story, but part of the 6 book sequence that should have had its own novel to finalize in Rome.
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Excellent reading on the Roman Empire. Fast paced and gives an excellent idea as to times of the Roman Empire. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hopper Eldridge
Can't get enough of the empire series. Loved it. They just keep getting better and better.Published 8 months ago by David
I Have read all the Previous books and plan to continue to read The and new ones.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent follow-up to the previous books about centurion Corvus. Great character development and great battle scenes. Great writer.Published 11 months ago by Biem
Great book, can't wait for the new additions to the series to come out.Published 16 months ago by Richard Bridges