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Cumoro (The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 4, 2013
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About the Author
Marshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series. Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, genealogies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible. Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it is not a shallow one.
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To put spurs to your imagination, the author will make a 180 degree turn in the story flow and the real will be replaced by the imaginary. The world in which Caesar was the law begins to resemble more and more to the bygone Greek legends, the old heroes’ times when the bound between the realm of the gods and the human’s was more permeable. But no the gods or other legendary characters of the Greco-Roman world will ignite the pages, but the Celtic mythology ones because the set for the second volume of the series will be the dark and mystical world, literally and figuratively, of the old Albion.
Young Guiamo will arrive in Britannia with the first Roman invasion of the island, that of Caesar in 55 B.C. Through an unfortunate combination of circumstances for him, but that will prove to be auspicious for the inhabitants of those places, Guiamo will find himself quite quickly caught up in a new conflict at a totally different caliber. The little Caesar's escapade will prove to have been only a trivial firework compared to the warfare that was taking place between local tribes and the terrible forces of Darkness. Of course, the inventive and brilliant Guiamo as we know him and a bit more mature, will not give back to the new challenges. Assuming the new situation and recognizing in it the words of the oracle, Guiamo will rise again to the situation with the imagination and determination showed in the first volume.
What this volume brings extra? Action! Yes, action with a capital A! You will have full pages of atrocious battles, of bloody fights whose outcome will oscillate to one side to the other. There will be no more the elegant and brilliant Caesar's maneuvers that could win a battle like a game of chess. Will be the wild frays of those feral times and places. The way of being and acting of the opponent leaves not too many options. So get ready! Forget about that cute and exuberant kid and meet an unleashed Guiamo and his wrath.
The book’s style is the same as in the first volume: fluent and charming. Obviously the tone of this volume will be a little more sober and the funny moments of the first book will not find their place here, but rest assured, you will not lose anything.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and if you enjoyed the first volume, this one will make you to read it breathless. As I said to you in the review of the first novel is a welcome reading for young, but that can be read with pleasure at any age.
Although I received the book from the author, this is my honest opinion
There's a lot of fighting in this book and Guiamo is able to employ new strategies and gain the respect of the men around him. In one of the battles, something strange happens with his sword and he is able to learn more about the history behind his sword. The book felt like it wrapped up pretty well but the ending definitely left me ready for the next adventure!
These are not quick, light easy reads. They are so interesting, though, and worth reading for the rich storytelling and history they contain. The author has definitely done his research. I like the way certain details are brought back into the story later on so I feel that every part of the story is significant. I also love what I'm learning from Guiamo's character and how he deals with the situations he finds himself in. This is a time period I'm not familiar with and I'm enjoying learning more about it through such an interesting character.
My only complaint is that I wish there was a Cast of Characters that I could refer to when I forget who someone is. There are lots of unfamiliar names and terms (which there is a Glossary for in the back) and it can take a while for me to figure out what's going on or remember who a certain person is. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a series that is definitely worth reading! If you've never read historical fiction, this series will make you a fan!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.