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Tyrant (Tyrant series) Kindle Edition
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Solid 5-star rating.
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But it is a solid 5-star book in this genre.
Kineas has been hired by a tyrant, The Archon of Olbia to come and train his troops ostensibly to defend against the depredations of the horse warriors of the Steppes, The Sakje. Merely bandits in the eyes of Olbia, The Sakje are in reality a highly organized and civilized society. The main plot is concerned with the alliance formed between the Sakje and the Tyrant of Olbia as they are facing an invasion from one of Alexander's generals looking to garner some glory for himself.
The gamut of human emotion and experience are all explored by the author, from greed and avarice to the almost carefree spirit of warriors before a big battle. The ancillary characters are well done and provide Kineas with a well-rounded group of friends, followers and foes. Kineas also has a mystical element to his character as he is haunted by powerful dreams that shape his outlook and actions.
The action is bloody when necessary, the horsemanship is superb, the story is well told. My only real complaint is that it seems to take a while to get to the climactic battle scene with The Macedonians but when it happens, it is intense and satisfying. I look forward to the sequel. I rate this book at 4.1.
His actions scenes are better in the later books he has penned. Working backwards in my reading of Cameron, I can see the the development of his style. His involvement in the exterior, but related, organizations has given him a chance to actually practice the sword and spear tactics used in hand to hand fighting.
As always, the research he puts into his writing shows. I am always enriched when I read him!
I look forward eagerly to the next in the series. Well done Mr Cameron
The subsequent books in the series have maps, but they could have been more detailed.