The Last Legion
The story opens on the day that the Western Roman Empire collapses finally in 470AD, as the last emperor of Rome is encamped protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of Barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, kill the Imperial family and take the young emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins... But all is not l...more
A courageous band of misfits comes together and set out to rescue the boy emperor. Their journey eventually leads them to the island of Britannia, where they must convince the disbanded 9th Legion to join their cause, and l...more
Manfredi's "The Last Legion" has a pretty solid story - in broad strokes it paints a picture of the very last days of the Western Roman Empire, the kidnapping of the Last Emperor - Romulus Agustus, and his rescue. I can't tell you more of the plot because I couldn'...more
This novel feels a bit like a Hollywood film and not just because it has already been filmed. There's the same action packed plot - I wonder if there were times when all that happened was that they were simply walking in the forest? There's the tortu...more
I am wondering if it would have been better if it wasn't a translation. The author is Italian and in some spots I thought, "please tell me that something was lost in the translation because I could have done better than this." And as you can tell that must be pretty bad because when I post some...more
The characters are quite well-defined and the heroes likeable. The fact that the story is set at the end of the western Empire gives it a fresh interest for me. There are fewer stories of the era than the high principate.
I feel that the plot, as it unravels, is often t...more
Perhaps the story was lackluster due to poor translation? The premise of the book, the last Roman Emperor emigrates to Britain and establishes Pendragon royalty was interesting. It was just the endless slogging through endless boring terrain and the predictable "twists" (how new is it when Wulfie keeps showing up just when things start looking up...every time?).
And our hero (not the boy Emperor, but an amnesiac legionnaire) is at the end, dropped...more
The characters are beautifully crafted and you feel a genuine connection with them. The story is quite fast paced and kept me at the edge of my seat.
Overall was a pretty good read. I found the ending was a bit abrupt. though i guess i can't think of a better way to en...more
Solamente il finale mi ha convinto poco, infatti succede che... ahah no ovviamente non lo riveler��, vi dico solo che la conclusione mi �� sembrata un po' troppo "improbabile".
Comunque un buon libro, sono curioso di vedere il film al cinema il prossimo settembre (2007).
Di buono c'e' che mi ha fatto venir voglia di leggere le cronache di Camelot di jack White (la pietra del cielo), scritto 6 anni prima de "l'ultima legione" e che parla degli stessi temi ma con una classe decisamente superiore nel fondere trama, storicita' e fantasy.
Dando a César o que é de César, os pormenores históricos conhecidos encontram-se lá, e o conhecimento final de como o jovem Rómulo Augusto ficará conhecido na História tem o seu quê de engraçado… Mas não o suficiente para que o...more
Valerio Massimo Manfredi defines himself as an "Ancient World To...more