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To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of romance in general. Especially when a book focuses on the romance. However, I am a big fan of historical fiction that's accurate and well-researched, which is why I agreed to read Vows of Revenge. After all, I'm generally open-minded when it comes to what I read. Once again, I'm glad my open mind led me to another great read.
As I said, I'm not a big fan of romance; my regular readers know this all too well. However, I really liked the romance between Aelia and Lucianus in this book. Yes, it's a stereotypical forbidden love on the surface (pleb loves patrician), but there's so much more to it than that. There's Aelia's abuse-ridden past, societal expectations and the novel's villains trying to get in the way of their relationship. It's definitely a struggle and it doesn't feel contrived at all.
I wouldn't call Vows of Revenge a fast-paced book because it's more character-focused, but it's far from boring. Aelia's character arc is fantastic and seeing things from Lucianus' point of view keeps things moving constantly. There's something in here for both romance-lovers and history buffs because Ridgley has done an incredible amount of research. For once, I can say with complete confidence that this book is historically accurate. Yes, the characters are made up. But the details of Roman life, from the background war in Samnia and the severe patrician-pleb divide are accurate. There's even an historical note at the end of the book for the curious.
Vows of Revenge is written extremely well and is generally free of the typos that you typically find in self-published books. There are a few minor ones such as a missing letter or a quotation mark that faces the wrong way, but nothing blatantly obvious. Certainly not that many to have an effect on the quality of the writing or story and not enough to annoy this picky grammarian.
Even if you don't generally read romance or historical fiction, I'd highly recommend Vows of Revenge. It's definitely a worthwhile read.
I give this book 5/5 stars.
The hero owns a brothel and slaves – and the author has been delightfully un-politically correct by not having him free them at some heroic point of the story, as happens in most historical fiction. The detail was well researched and the flavour of the plot highly authentic.
The characters were well developed – both the goodies and the baddies, and the author’s notes at the end were also of interest. This is a somewhat stereotypical romance, with a few of the expected romantic clichés, which might not be to everyone’s taste. It is not particularly fast-paced either, but – and this is the charm of this novel – it is about the characters, not what is going on around them; it is about people, not events. However, the events that are included are expertly research and the detail of everyday Roman life is superb. There are a few minor typo errors, but nothing too detrimental, (I have seen worse in mainstream published novels!)
An enjoyable, well-written read, with impressive historic accuracy.
(Reviewed in my capacity as Historical Novel Society Indie Review Managing Editor)
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