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This review is from: The Sword of Revenge (Republic) (Kindle Edition)
This is the second book in Jack Ludlow's trilogy `The Republic'. I daresay that his writing is even more interesting and expressive than in his first book. Indeed, his writing style allows the reader to establish strong emotional attachments with specific characters and their individual personas. I came to feel their joy, their pain, their rage, their frustration and much more; cheering the ones I liked and booing the ones I didn't.
There is a lot more drama, adventure, action and suspense in this novel compared to the first. The author's descriptions of Roman life are quite graphic, especially in the way slaves were treated and the daily hardships encountered by the common people.
In book two Aulus, the very likeable and famous Roman general, is dead and the Sybil prophesy we encountered in book one is partly fulfilled. Lucius, the conniving Roman senator now schools Aulus's elder son Quintus to be his political heir as his own son Marcellus is still too young for the task. Lucius's fate is revealed towards the end of the novel after many interesting events transpire within Rome, Spain, Sicily and in the Italian countryside.
In this novel the siblings of Lucius and Aulus take centre stage. Aquila and Marcellus reach manhood while Quintus and Titus take different paths to fulfill their destinies. The Sybil prophesy is still relevant and ties together all ensuing events.
I thoroughly enjoyed book two for its greater complexity in character development, the inclusion of more action, the incredible insights into Roman life and for a more intricate storyline.
I have already started reading book three.