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- Print Length: 86 pages
- Publication Date: October 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076NVZNMM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,321,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dying for a Poppy: A Dai and Julia Mystery Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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With Dai's great family - including a brief introduction to a totally bitchy sister - in this book, I also get one of my fave characters...a (kinda') hot, bat **** guy. lol
Book #3 had fewer editing issues too. Yah!
This is a thriller, a crime novel and an alternative history. The authors have managed to weave elements of a society where the Romans didn’t leave Britain with nationalist rebels and the crimes which support rebellion into a fast-paced, modern detective story.
Dai and Julia are moving to Wales, the land of Dai’s birth and his new job is that of the local law enforcement officer, Roman Law. They face national problems, a nationalist rising, climbing crime rates and murder, but also personal problems. Dai is Welsh, and with the family name of Llewellyn, expected to be fiercely British. His wife is Roman and a citizen of the empire. Dai, now also a Roman citizen has to face potential rifts within his Welsh family as well as penetrating local society to gain information and intelligence to break up the rebels and prevent further bloodshed and mayhem.
The story is good with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing but for me, the real triumph of this book was the interweaving of classical Rome with modern day technology and attitudes. There is a light-handed use of Latin terms and names with sufficient explanation so those, like me without a background in classics feel comfortable with the terminology, and the use of Welsh language and terms is also well handled.
One of the potential pitfalls of alternative history is when two times/cultures meet and mix. Often they can clash and not meld in a way which the reader feels is realistic. This book sails a smooth course through all these potential problems creating a completely believable world of a modern day Roman/British society.
Want a good read with a gripping story-line which will keep you turning the pages? Look no further. Step into the intriguing world of Dai and Julia.
Review: Reading this was like putting a comfy pair of slippers on, we're back in present day and our two favourite characters have recently got married. It was a shame we didn't get to read about the wedding service but we certainly get the gist of their honeymoon! A new book means a new investigation, this time into an anti-Roman terrorist group. The writing was seamless as always. I felt Julia's strong character was somewhat sidelined in this story apart from the final climax where she came into her own. I also felt the storyline could've been deeper, it felt like we just scratched the surface but I do appreciate this was a novella and therefore had to be a certain length. Great work ladies.