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- Publication Date: February 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9S7XQ7
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Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Also, the author shows you a map in the very beginning and details the places and character names, which is very helpful since this is set in another century and we don't use those names now.
Overall, a good read and I would heartily recommend.
It is raw, gritty and real, Fascinating story, my only downside is the huge amount of information, names and events to wrap your mind around. But I'm very happy to have read it. If you like deep, intricate historical novels, you're in for a treat!
Rome has departed British shores forever and left to their own devices those who were once Romano-British have to look to their own defences as their cultural certainties crumble around them. The man who has declared himself Emperor of Britannia, Vortigern, strives to defend his place of power by buying off the Germanic invaders - Saxons, Jutes and Angles - gifting them land in exchange for military service. But the invaders are not satisfied with such scant pickings and make a play for more. Meanwhile Ambrosius gathers those Britons who have no wish to accommodate with the Saxons and takes up the mantle of ruler of all Britain himself. He must defeat both Vortigern and the Saxons to unite the Britons once more.
'Ambrosius: Last of the Romans' is an ambitious book treading on both the fringes of the what little historical record remains from those Dark Ages and on the margins on myth as the story of King Arthur and his knights developed. The blend is seamless and the introduction of even the traditionally 'magical' elements such as Merlin and Excalibur well handled to keep the sense of this being an historical not a fantasy book.
“There is often an explanation for these so-called miracles, and you have found it, my brother!"
The book is not a fast paced rip-roarer and it does not pretend to be. It sets out a through sense of atmosphere and introduces us into the world of Dark Age Britain very effectively and well. The characters are fairly well drawn, enough that they can be seen as real people and odd flashes of genuine individuality and personality shine through. There are some wonderful descriptive passages that portray the scenes vividly and show the author's talent off to the full.
The best aspect of the book is the way it blends the myths into the real. The author has clearly done some good research around what little is known about the political, social and military culture of the time and brings it all to the table like a chef with a banquet. He makes no attempt to sweep the idea that this is a people who believed in magic and miracles under the carpet, quite the opposite in fact. But he does not ask the reader to enter that mindset and shows the hands moving behind the curtains, thus allowing the mysteries to make sense and to allow the gritty realism of history to predominate.
'Ambrosius had been forced to learn a lesson; that it was prudent to consult before making snap decisions, or risk losing the backing of his supporters.'
However, for all these strengths, there is a problem with the narrative overall. The author writes very stiffly in places and often the different voices of different characters tend to sound very similar. The over-arching narrative voice of the author seems to drown out those of his characters at times and as a reader, I felt I was subjected to a lot of being told rather than being allowed to see and conclude for myself.
This is a book which puts atmosphere and history front and centre and the author is excellent at blending those two elements. If you enjoy exploring alternative takes on the Arthurian myths or have an interest in Dark Age historical novels, this is a book you will be happy to add to your library. Overall, I enjoyed the journey and will be interested to see how the author takes on the next phase of the tale of King Arthur and his knights.
I was delighted to find book two, 'Ambrosius: Last of the Romans' is a novel long enough for readers to get really absorbed in, a robust and scaled- up adventure I really enjoyed. I was always eager to find out what the next chapter would bring, and was never disappointed.
One noble family's determination to preserve the best in their Romano-Briton heritage, and take vengeance on a treacherous usurper, makes for entertaining and informative reading.
Despite the novel's setting in the Dark Ages, of which there is little record, Tim Walker succeeds in creating a colourful and convincing backdrop to his epic story that stretches from the south coast to the northern lands of the wild Brigante tribe, and from the Roman fortresses on the Saxon shore to the mountainous and mysterious kingdoms in the west. The writer has created, in Ambrosius Aurelius, a singular character, a man of many qualities.
The energy of the spectacle and dramatic twists drew me along the plot of Ambrosius: Last of the Romans, but it is also a richly informative read. I recommend it roundly, and believe it will satisfy a wide audience of readers.