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Ironroot Paperback – July 22, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Turney obviously has knowledge of Roman engineering, and has put it to use here. I enjoyed his many descriptions of construction, terrain, characters,... as his writing style lends well to the imagination. This book feels more personal than the other two, although they are terrific in their own right. If you've read Interregnum, you will recognize the Reign of Darius, and some of the characters, but as I said, Ironroot stands alone. A very good book. - Jules
I have read all of S. J. A. Turney's novels with great enjoyment but, I must admit I do have a preference for those that he has written based on actual Roman historical events and characters. Ironroot has a semblance to the Roman Empire period through similar names, military tactics and engineering skills but the entire story, characters and setting are purely fictional.
However, Turney writes so well that all his novels are worth reading. Ironroot has the usual ingredients that make a novel successful; great characters, solid storyline, lots of action and a good measure of intrigue, betrayal and revenge.
The protagonist Varro, a Captain in the Imperial Army, is wounded during a skirmish and is subsequently told that he is dying because the weapon used on him was laced with Ironroot, a poison with no antidote. When it becomes apparent that he was specifically targeted, a conspiracy to cover up a senior officer's treasonous activities unfolds. Thus begins a race against time as he and an enterprising member of an engineers cohort seek out the truth and possible revenge. What follows is an exciting tale of action, loyalty and a steadfast belief that they were chosen for this mission by a local tribal deity.
Now the author could have gone in many different ways with this including a formulaic one but this is where all the surprises in the plot come to the fore. The climatic scenes are wonderfully portrayed demonstrating Mr. Turney's vivid imagination and abundant sense of irony. I would love to be more specific but that would be unfair to the author and to prospective readers...after all, they deserve to be as surprised in their reading of this novel as I was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put it down I enjoyed it and am now getting on with the next book in the series.Published 4 days ago by susiesw1
I have to read this series . The action is non stop and the story is great . Character development is always important and Turney follows through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by reader judy c.
Fictional story similar to Game of Thrones. I enjoyed the Game of Thrones series on TV but never read the books. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Avid Reader
After enjoying "Interregnum", the first book in the Tales of the Empire series, and giving it a five star rating, I looked forward to reading this second book in the series. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by James Dainis
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