Campo de Espadas (Emperor #3)
This is the third book in the series of four and continues at tremendous pace. Caesar is posted to Spain by his political rivals who, rightly, see him as a threat.
He is successful in his Iberian adventure, but returns to Rome in time for the consular elections. Following his election to high office, the means of which is highly amusing, he cannot sit still for long and soon leaves Crassus and Pompey in charge so that he can take his armies to Gaul to ...more
The frequent changes in narration and point of view, shifting from the military battles with Caesar back to Rome, proved to be the most disruptive. Also disruptive were gratuitous sex scenes every X pages---though those occur mostly in the first half of the book.
One cannot help but compare the depth and insight evident in McCullough's series on Rome, or the brilliance of Robert Harris' tril ...more
We finally meet Mark Antony... Caesar, Crassus and Pompey form their Triumvirate... we lose some favourites... fight more battles.... and face more duplicity than you'd expect to find at a Two-timers get together....
Today is March 15th, or as most of us know, the Ides of March. The three most common facts known about Julius Caesar is that he was one of the greatest rulers of the Roman Empire, he was assassinated on the Ides of March, and he created an amazing salad dressing that he named after himself. Okay, so I made up that last bit about the salad dressing to see if anyone really reads these reviews. But if you are at all curious and want to learn more about the lif ...more
Events move at a fast clip throughout the book. The action never stops, which gives the reader a sense of the frenetic energy Julius Caesar feels inside him as he moves forward, not wanting to waste any time while trying to figure out his path. The reader is taken on a tour of Europe as Caesar dashes from Spain to Italy to France to Germany to England, creating a new world in his wake because he does not want to leave anything at status quo.
I loved that these characters can’t tell the future. I ...more
Romans as I understan ...more
Field of Swords is a bit battle-riffic for my preference. The first half of the book, full of politics and intrigue, is much more my style. The endless sword and horse and spear scenes made my eyes roll back in my head. Just for a minute, but over and over.
I know, I know, it's a necessary part of Casear's history. And it's not even that I minded him being away from Rome, because watching him purge his grief in Spain worked for me. But there are only so many bloo ...more
There are four gospels in the Bible, each supposedly telling the same story of the same person’s life. All four differ considerably to one ano ...more
The third volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden brilliantly interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar – an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal, from an outstanding new voice in historical fiction. THE GATES OF ROME, THE DEATH OF KINGS and now THE BITTER RIVER tell the powerful, dramatic story of the friendship and enmity between the two men who ruled the Roman world. Following the defeat of the Spartacus rebel...more
Num atropelo de acontecimentos Júlio César continua as suas conquistas numa Roma cujo espírito e dignidade se perde algures por entre aqueles que apenas no poder desmedido encontram seu belo prazer, esquecendo que uma cidade, um povo é feito de pessoas.
Rodeado de amigos, Júlio César atravessa aqui u ...more