what a brilliant idea, i cant think of anyone else writing in this time period. Ok so the characters take a little time to develop, but they do developwhat a brilliant idea, i cant think of anyone else writing in this time period. Ok so the characters take a little time to develop, but they do develop, and i think thjats the charm, this whole book the whole plot the characters everything, its all about the begining, and development, turning wanderers into a civilisation. Its a great paced story though and runs the reader along, and you find yourself easily caught up in the plot, you become a warrior defending the walls, a villager building the walls, a member of the council planning the walls. I highly reccomend this book, not because its the best written around, but because its different and it does have potential and growth.
Product Description (From back of book) Three thousand years before the birth of Christ and the world is dominated by savage tribes of barbarians who despise the first farmers and townsfolk trying to settle the land. In the Tigris Valley, the first primitive farmers attempt to bring civilization to a dark world. But every few years Barbarians sweep in raping, killing and burning. This time the people of Orak are going to fight, but their military commanders flee as the enemy army approaches, leaving only Eskkar a lowly lieutenant in charge. But Eskkar has one advantage: he understands the barbarians better than anyone: he was once one himself but fled a vendetta. Eskkar is given Trella, a slave girl as a reward for his loyalty. They form a partnership forged on mutual desire and courage; he with his ability to command men and his military expertise, she with her insight into the minds of the townsfolk. Together they rally the people. What follows is an orgy of battle, bloodshed and sex that is simply unputdownable. ...more
This book is one of the true hidden gems of the historical fiction genre, the story is so well told you can feel the cold, you can feel every sword thThis book is one of the true hidden gems of the historical fiction genre, the story is so well told you can feel the cold, you can feel every sword thrust, every spear cast, the fear, the panic, the blood. This book was the inspiration for the greatest of roman films gladiator and whilst the story is very different, the style, and the characters show why. This book lives up there with Gates of Fire as in my all time top ten of historical fiction titles. and i read hundreds of books each year. I can give you the reader / buyer no higher reading recommendation for a book, this really is a do not miss title... a reviewers words cannot do justice to a book like this.
The highest recommendation...you must read this. (Parm) ...more
This is the first in series of really amazing books, starring the loveable and often highly amusing Centurion Macro and his awkward Optio Cato .In thiThis is the first in series of really amazing books, starring the loveable and often highly amusing Centurion Macro and his awkward Optio Cato .In this series, largely based around the invasion of Britain in 42 AD, Simon Scarrow creates astonishingly vivid characters that really do bring history to life. It includes all the ingredients of an epic: violence, heroism, loyalty,deceit, freindship and love all set in the enthralling backdrop of the Roman empire. This book sparked off a real interest in the Roman era for me, particularly the legions depicted here in such a heoric and fascinatng light. I am still looking for a novel of it's calibre, that can equal it for it's ability to captivate and engross the reader. I strongly recommend these books to not only those with an interest in Roman history but also anyone who wants a spellbinding, and thoroughly enjoyable historical novel (Parm) ...more