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Ironroot (Tales of the Empire #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Captain Varro of the Fourth army is about to have the worst day of his life. Wounded in battle and fearing for his life and his future, he stumbles upon a plot that reaches deep into the past and into the roots of everything in which he believes. Accompanied by a young engineer from his unit and the daughter of his commander in chief, he begins to unpeel layers of treacher ...more
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Published July 22nd 2010 by
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Utterly impressive though not quite i expected after the superb military fantasy Interregnum; set in the same universe some 20 years later and with some characters reappearing though not in main roles - however there are clear spoilers for the earlier book - this one is quite different, personal, emotional, introspective with great characters that stay with you for a long time.

There is lots of action, battles, fights and the like but the emphasis is on the character arcs of the 3 main POV's, Va
Paul Bennett
Given the fact that I have read many of Simon Turney's books I would have thought by now that it would be nigh unto impossible for him to surprise me. I am used to the plot twists that he infuses into his novels, indeed I sort of expect them. However, in Ironroot, the second of three books set in a pseudo Roman world, he managed to do just that.

The protagonist Varro, a Captain in the Imperial Army, is wounded during a skirmish and is subsequently told that he is dying because the weapon used on
Gordon Doherty
Ironroot is the first of this author's work I have tried, and what can I say? It's dark, tense, pacy, delightfully twisty and evocative and I found myself being sucked into the Roman-like world in which it is set.

From the poetic and vivid opening chapter I was hooked and then only sleep or work could pull me away from my kindle as it wound its way around the lands of the Empire, following a tight-knit trio of characters as they bonded in the face of espionage and skulduggery. Indeed the charact
Robin Carter
S J A Turney just gets better with every book, im just amazed that no mainstream publisher has not picked up on this yet and signed him up.

Do the Gods control the destiny of men? Can the dead avenge themselves?

Captain Varro of the Fourth Army is about to have the worst day of his life, but in the face of hopeless odds, Varro will find justice, honour, friendship, love, and the favour of Gods.
In solving a personal mystery, Varro stumbles across a twenty year old tale of treachery and vio
A great follow up to Interregnum, though not as dramatic and emotionally engaging, was still a fun little romp through the post Caerdininian world. Salonius starts off as slightly annoying but quickly grows to be endearing and his insights as an engineer give a different perspective to these military themed stories.

One thing though, the twist itself was a bit too overt for keen readers of this genre, though in the end it didn't have as much impact anyway, so it wasn't such a critical thing. Sti
Ralph Halse
An excellent addition to Turney's Roman series. Though I had hoped that the character would live on, or at least his understudy would take off into a new adventure. Nevertheless, a thoroughly enjoyable read for all ages and lovers of Roman history & adventure.
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Tales of the Empire (3 books)
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