on November 13, 2011
This book is a great conclusion to Ludlow's `Republic' trilogy. By the time I finished the novel I was eager to read more and I had hoped that the author might have contemplated writing a fourth novel as there is great scope to continue the saga.
Book three not only tidies up a lot of loose ends but, also produces the results the reader hopes for during the novel. Titus, the commander of the victorious Roman army in Spain, returns for his triumph in Rome and stands up to his overbearing brother Quintus in ways he couldn't in the past. Aquila gets the recognition he deserved for his military prowess and discovers his true parents and identity. Claudia finally finds her son and Brennos, the Celtic rebel leader, gets his just desserts.
This book is full of adventure, many emotional moments and breathtaking military action. All three books are a great insight into everyday Roman life, the extreme arrogance of senators who felt they were born to rule and that no one below them should question their place in society. These were the times in the Roman Republic before the likes of Marius, Sulla, Pompey and Julius Caesar who redefined the rights of Roman citizenship.
on May 11, 2009
An amazing end to a great historical trilogy. Ludlow's story catches the imagination and never lets go, from the first page to the last this trilogy is filled with politics, war, assassination and intrigue. This a very well written series that transports back to the Republics glory days, you get a real sense if the elitist society Rome was, were the rich got richer and the poor were just that the poor. If you're a fan of Rome or historical fiction in general then is a great series to get your Teeth into.
This story is for the most part the story of Aquila Terentius, from his escape from Sicily to his journey to the streets of Rome were he meets some of his adopted family, namely a troublesome nephew names Fabius. He and his nephew get into numerous trouble to the point were to escape they join the Roman legions. Terentius shines, quickly being made centurion and earning battlefield honours, much to the displeasure of his noble masters. Aquila's one goal is to wipe out the leader of the Celtic tribes, if he can only survive the many powerful enemies he has made along the way, he may finally get to reach his goal.