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The Wind in the Embers (The Amulet Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 22, 2017
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From the Author
The roughly 100 year period from AD 378 to AD 476, known to scholars as the Fall of the Roman Empire, is a fascinating period of history, overflowing with action and adventure, and brimming with colorful characters. Oddly, it has been little written about in the pages of fiction. My nine volume Amulet series aims to rectify that by introducing the reader to the people and events that brought the world's greatest empire to its knees.
"The Wind in the Embers" is the first book in the series and deals with an amazing woman whose true story rivals that of Cleopatra or Elizabeth I. Galla Placidia was not only the sister of an emperor, the daughter of an emperor, and the mother of an emperor. She was also the wife of a barbarian king, and the first woman to rule Rome. Her story has long been crying out to be told. So here it is at last in "The Wind in the Embers". I hope you enjoy.
About the Author
Malcolm David Logan is a writer, teacher, blogger, amateur historian and successful entrepreneur. He has traveled the world to research his novels and is the writer and editor of My American Odyssey.com a popular travel blog about unusual and interesting places to visit in the U.S. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two cats and a snow shovel.
Top customer reviews
Galla is an interesting woman who kicks some butts and takes some names in the most devious way possible since misogyny was a core principal of Roman society. Regardless, anyone that ran afoul of Galla or her empire was in some deep trouble.
The Wind in the Embers does a nice job of filling in the motives and causations of the historical fact from the period. Machiavelli couldn’t hold a candle to the Romans. I found this an educational yet entertaining read.
Having no prior knowledge of this era did present some obstacles. So many names, so many strange terms to look up, and references to places that no longer exist under those names. But that was also the beauty of this book.
I loved how there was a parallel between Galla’s story and events in Placidius’s life, and how he would refer back to what was said in the letter. That was an inspired way of telling such a story.
As for the characters - I loved Galla, both for her brutal honesty and her utter determination and strength. She was such a great and worthy protagonist, and boy did she have some trials and tribulations to face.
Aetius drove me to despair - he was so annoying, and often so right, but also so dogged in his belief that he was always correct. I failed to see how Galla could have so much faith in him after some of his actions were so contrary to her wellbeing. That conflict of interests maintained a great pace throughout and he was only beaten to the top spot of the most hated character by Pulcheria. Uck! If ever there was a woman born to bear grudges, then this was she. What a right royal pain she was,and her pompous piety only fuelled my dislike for her.
These are all meaningful and memorable characters - they’ll live to haunt me for some time yet.
Placidius, on the other hand, struck me as quite wimpish. He tried to be the man his mother wanted him to be, but I didn’t feel his heart was in it at first. He changed towards the end, and only after realising how he had trusted the wrong people himself, only then did that spark ignite in him. I’d be interested to know how his future panned out.
A great story, and one I could visualise easily - I could imagine this as an epic blockbuster series.
Gala attempts to impart her understanding of power and her duty as Augustus. She hopes her son recognizes his. She also hopes that he understands the compromises he must make as Augustus of Rome. Will he set aside his petty quarrels and concubine for the greater good? First, he must confront his mother as a person and as a powerful, independent woman.
It was a good read, and I stayed up late a few nights to finish the book. It is particularly good as a reflection of how women maintain power in a male dominated world.
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