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(Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo #1)

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In 60 B.C., ten-year-old Guiamo Durmius Stolo, an exceptionally gifted Roman orphan, is abandoned in Gaul . Left to fend for himself, Guiamo is set onto a path of legend. Recognized by the gods as having world-changing talents, he is given a weapon that changes his destiny and the world’s forever. Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best we ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 14th 2012)
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Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying I enjoyed the book! The only thing that make me think twice about reading it was that the book is during the time of Julius Cesar and he is one of my least favorite characters in History....But this story was so well done! Guiamo is such an amazing kid! He makes the best out of a horrible situation and becomes a great boy! He takes the teachings he is given and excels in every thing he is taught! I loved this character because through out the book he is trained and traded, ...more
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Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the time of Rome, Guiamo Durmius Stolo - just another ordinary Roman boy - is abandoned by his uncle in Gaul. Now alone, Guiamo begins to wander aimlessly on the road, heading to a destination he does not know. After wandering for a while, he meets a fisherman who takes him in, teaching him the ways of fishing, and eventually recognizes the talent the boy possessed. After some time has passed, he sends Guiamo once more on the road, but this time to a friend who will teach Guimo even more than ...more
Mia Darien
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
(This was 2.5 on my blog, but translates to 2 here.)

There is a very delicate line when writing historical fiction to balance between the historical and the fiction; too much of the latter and it can feel unrealistic to the time and events it’s portraying, yet too much of the former and it feels like a thin veil of a story to cover a history text book.

In the case of this book, it felt like the author was trying to write in the styles of both ancient saga–where things are Told, in depth characteri
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The period of the Roman Empire was found to have many new inventions come to the world. The Romans were master architects and used much of their knowledge to make their empire greater. Their empire only grew through a well-disciplined army that was conscripted when Roman needed them it was an army for peace, and an army for war.

The eventual outcome of all the battles fought is that good men died. Men that were someone’s brother, uncle, best friend and many cases some young boy’s father. This wil
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marshall Best's The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo Series is addressed mainly to the young, but I can assure you that reading it can be enjoyable at any age. Certainly I would not have grabbed Guiamo, the first volume in the series, to read it, given the age that I have, but I had to do a review for the blog tour and my passion for the ancient world made me to give it a chance. And I did well!

Guiamo is a well written book, a pleasant read and with a lot of lessons for those who are just sta
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) We first meet Guiamo as a 10-year-old boy who gets abandoned at the side of the road by his Aunt and Uncle. We later learn that his father died when he was 5 and his mother and older brother died when he was 8. His aunt and uncle reluctantly took him in which is why they have no problem abandoning him. Fortunately, he's near some fishermen and one of them, Calidius, takes him in. After Calidius hears his story, he says, "Work diligently on the nets, and your life will improve. The lo ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a great book for your child, you have to get this one. It is perfect for kids probably 10 and up. Younger ones may have a harder time with some of the words and names but that has never really stopped my kids from liking a book. Parents don't have to worry about any mature content. The only thing may be one scene in the book with the blessing of the fields, and a phallus. I don't really recall any bad language.

Boys will probably get into this more than girls, but everyone
Billy Buttons
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered and was a GOLD medal winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Star Rating: 5 stars
Number of Readers: 27

Readers’ Comments
‘I loved Myths and Legends when I was in primary school so this was perfect for me. Amazing covers and tantalising blurbs. I enjoyed all four of the books very much.’ Boy, aged 14
‘Lots of history in the four novels balanced with page-turning plots. The teenagers in my class enjoyed every second of them. I particula
Sharon Martin
Books around myths and legends are not normally my cup of tea but this story and the authors style of writing have changed my viewpoint

The story is easy to follow and intriguing and the author makes you want to turn each page in order to keep up and find out what is going to happen to the main character.

We follow Guiamo Durmius Stolo on his quest to find out his true vocation in life, abandoned as an orphan a local fisherman takes him under his wing and quickly realises Guiamo has a special tal
Elizabeth Towns
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was engrossed in this book from the first paragraph. There was no way I was going to leave Guiamo like his Aunt and Uncle did all alone in an unknown land. None. I was in for the long haul – even I knew there was something special about this young lad at the age of 10. Marshall Best opens up the Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo with Book 1: Guiamo, by capturing the minds and hearts of his readers with the story of young Guiamo’s beginnings; his history. In telling this story, Best is able to ...more
Larry B Gray
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Guiamo by Marshall Best is an outstanding historical novel of life and times in the ancient Roman era. It is full of action and adventure plus a great story of the life of our hero, Guiamo.

The author did an excellent job of developing the storyline, making it both real and believable. By sticking to known facts of this era he made his story come alive and become all the more believable. There were times I had to remind myself this was fiction. It was easy to follow the story and keep up with eac
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Guiamo is a very gifted boy who was abandoned in Gaul when he was only 10 years old. He was found by a fisherman who took him in and recognized his talents. Even at 10, he was inventing better ways to catch fish. Other men in the village also taught him skills and life lessons. He also is mentored by a merchant. As the years go by, Guiamo shows talents in many other ways and is destined to be much more than a fisherman. This book also shows a little of what it is like to live in the Roman Empire ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely a book that my older son will love to read in a few years! (He's only 8.) At first I struggled with the beginning few chapters, putting it down and then coming back to it later in the week. I enjoy reading period-specific novels so I pushed myself a bit and am glad that I did, as it was worth it.

The book vividly depicted living alongside Guiamo - I hated his aunt and uncle in the beginning, I appreciated and admired the men that taught him - or allowed him to blossom really - into the
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is definitely a book for everyone - I think my nephew would really enjoy it. I truly appreciated that there was no adult content (that I can remember), yet the book was a great read. The author is wonderfully descriptive, and you feel like you are a part of Guiamo's world.

I love that the book really gives you the feeling of what it was like to live in that era. Life was difficult for Guiamo, but he put all that he had into everything he did. This book has a great lesson: perseverance and pa
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Guiamo by Marshall Best is an absolute must-read. All characters are superbly described while the dialogue is easy to follow from the first page to the last, younger readers will be able to connect very well with the story. I found that historical accounts of Julius Ceasar added to the story therefore making it more complete. The Roman-Latin words used were just fabulous making me feel like I was right there in the tablinum while the meeting was going on. It was amazing to read how Guiamo was ab ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This first book in The Chronicles of Guiamo Durimus Stolo and takes place in the province of Gaul that is part of the Roman empire in 60 BC. The main character, Guiamo, is a ten year old orphan boy who must learn to make his own way in the world. Abandoned by his Aunt and Uncle, he finds unlikely patrons in a group of fishermen. Recognizing his intelligence and creativity, they pave they way for him to change his stars.

I loved how the story follows Guiamo and how he interacts in Roman society. I
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens to older adults
Shelves: read26indy
A captivating story of a 10 year old boy abandoned in Rome during the era of Julius Ceasar. He is first taken in by a fisherman in a small fishing village and trained how to fish.....realizing that the boy is meant for so much more, he is sent to work under a blacksmith and learn that trade. As Guiamo grows and learns, his life takes many twists and turns including a meeting with the god Mars.

I'm giving it a four star rating only because it's not exactly my kind of book but I know others who hav
Paul Martin
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I've been looking for a new series to get my teeth into in the fantasy/historical fiction genre for a while now. Low and behold, I have found success! Marshall Best's Guiamo Chronicles are a perfect mix of legend and fiction, interwoven together brilliantly to create a story of real substance. It is no surprise to learn that Marshall plans 9 (NINE) books in the chronicles, the strength of writing and the durability of the main character have me already knowing I'll be picking up e ...more
Laura Frost
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Guiamo is a young boy that I can't help rooting for. With the death of his father in the war, then illness taking away his brother and mother, how could you not immediately root for him to succeed?

If you are at all interested in historical fiction, this is a good one to pick up. If you love ancient Rome you should come and take a look at a coming of age story of a young orphan as he struggles to find his gifts from the Gods.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Are you the type of reader who enjoys fantasy books? If yes, then Guiamo is something that you must read. Allow Marshall Best to introduce you to the great young kid named Guiamo Durmius Stolo.

This book will bring you to a different world. Allow Guiamo to bring you to a different era. Discover how his life changes with one
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Good reads first read giveaway. The book is well wrote and very captivating with understandable characters that you feel emotional attachments to as the story progresses. I cannot wait to read more!!!
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun character development set in the Roman Empire, circa 60 BC. I'll comment more when I read the next three books of the series. Needless to say, the author caught my attention. ...more
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Marshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to w

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