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The book does pick up some credibility when the hero gets into the army, and it is clear that military history is the author's real love. A lot of the wordage consists of people pontificating about the importance and grandeur of military roles in the Empire. Some of the details seemed off to me, like the officer-in-training living away from the army proper in the city. The first thing the guy does when he gets to Rome, before he enlists, is to get himself a cheap apartment that he lives in while he is training to be a soldier. In training, they could live away? Really? A quick search didn't turn up any cites for that either way, but it felt wrong.
It ends pointing to a sequel but the ultimate wounding of the hero and his speeches about it sounded exactly, exactly!, like Dilios's (the David Wenham character) speech and appearance at the end of The 300 movie.
If you prefer your military history to be mostly descriptions of army life, battles, and the glories and difficulties of being a soldier, you might like this book. I found it politically naive and a bit bombastic.
The ONLY reason I bought the paperback rather than the kindle was to support the author because I know him and wanted to support him. Honestly, I did not have very high expectations but wanted to give it a chance because this novel is also in my favorite genre: historical fiction.
Again, I really did not know what to expect, I thought that maybe I would partially enjoy this book. I happily admit that I was WRONG!!! I was hooked into this story from the onset, I immediately felt as if I were there with the protagonist, my mind's eye very quickly began the mental picture...no...movie... of everything as it played out... and this feeling lasted throughout the duration of this book. I quickly came to hate to antagonist and their band of flunkies...
Mr. Davis' writing style is magnificent, the transitions between narrators within the chapters are flawless and the evolution between events have a natural flow that make this a very good read. He even went as far as to maintain the integrity of the era by using Latin terminology on some things. Have no fear, there is a glossary in the back that will interpret those words and terms into modern English. However, you won't use that for long because the style of writing will allow you to immediately know what is being talked about without having to flip to the back of the book.
Furthermore, Mr. Davis uses his military experience and knowledge a great deal in the story where appropriate, which is phenomenal (I've read books where the author tries to emulate military life and all I can do is shake my head and think... "Nope"). The only regret I have about this book is that it ended, and it's an ending that leaves you thirsting for more... I look forward, with exuberance, to the next installment of this series.
This young man is going places within the literary world.
The writing is very detailed and may take some readers a few pages to get into, but once you get hooked it wraps up in no time. The character development of Setorius and Lucius are both very well done and believable throughout the book. Not a lot of scene is set within Rome itself; however, it is described very well on the battlefields. There is very little language throughout the book, which also made it easier to enjoy. I found myself enjoying the spark of romance between Setorius and Arrea. I really hope that it goes deeper in the future volumes. The only complaint that I have is that it ended with me wanting so much more. Can I have the next set of scrolls, please?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.