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The Leopard Vanguard

(Leopard King Saga #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The Saga Begins....

Set during the early years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula, this first installment of the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents. Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardes
Paperback, 1st Edition, 404 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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T.A. Uner Thanks for your question Michael.

Books 1.1,1.2 (The Bloody Ripper), & 1.3 are intermediary novellas that introduce antagonists that will play a…more
Thanks for your question Michael.

Books 1.1,1.2 (The Bloody Ripper), & 1.3 are intermediary novellas that introduce antagonists that will play a role in Book 2 of the Leopard King Saga (The Leopard Stratagem).

Technically these intermediary works can be read separately as standalones or as preludes to Book 2.

You don't have to start from The Leopard Vanguard. But if you decide to start from 1.2 (TBR) then you should be fine. Some folks who've read it understood it while others have been slightly confused because Book 1.1 (Kill Zombies) has some information that carries over to The Bloody Ripper.

So the choice is yours. If you buy and read The Bloody Ripper and get slightly confused, message me here on GR and I can send you a free copy of Kill Zombies so you can get some background information.

Thanks for your interest in my works.

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I needed to sit down and let evrything sink because holy crap that was amazing. I've read historical fiction before and have a little knowledge on how Rome was at that time but Uner decribes it so beautifuly. And by beautifuly I mean bloody, rough and cruel. I felt like pointing that out.

Alright so The Leopard Vanguard follows the story of our main character named Tullus Acilius Ulixes who one of Rome's
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An electronic version of this novel was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Tullus Acilius Ulixes, senior Centurion of Rome's 3rd Legion, saves the life of Tribune Norbanus Forticus during battle. As a reward Tullus is given a leadership position in elite Praetorian Guard, tasked with keeping the emperor himself safe. Little does Tullus know that by accepting this position he'll find himself in the middle of a world of dangerous political intrigue, magic and be
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
*I kindly received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*


I don't think this book was bad, but I just wasn't able to get into it. Everything was overly descriptive and the writing didn't pull me along in the story. It was clearly very well researched and maybe I'll try picking it up again at a later date, but as of now it just wasn't something I was interested in. The world felt very real but I couldn't get attached to any of the characters and I often fo
T.A. Uner
Oct 05, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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UPDATE 10/7/14: A fully-revised 2nd edition of The Leopard Vanguard is now available.

Readers were curious: Was there anything wrong with the 1st edition of The Leopard Vanguard? Not really. I was still receiving positive reviews, but the constructive criticism brought to my attention by the public needed to be addressed. I care about my readers and am dedicated to providing them my best work.

I would like to thank all the people who've read The Leopard Vanguard and offered helpful feedback. Your
Review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend T.A. Uner.

This novel, the first in a series, is a blend of historical fiction and fantasy. Set during the turbulent transition between Tiberius and Caligula, it follows the adventures of Tullus, who is disillusioned both in his army career and in love. He retreats from both and has a chance meeting with Paullus, who introduces him to a group of wandering performers. Soon Tullus forms an unusual bond with Celestra the Leopardess, an animal with
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
2.75 stars: The book was entertaining but couldn’t get me excited.

Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A stolen treasure that hides a secret more valuable than gold itself, a recreated Roman Empire full of political intrigue where magic has been forbidden and almost forgotten, and a hero that will slowly unravel all the secrecy and mysteries.

From the very start of the book, our protagonist, Senior Centurion of the Roman Legion Tullus, will be riding into battle, what is n
Ancient Roman history comes to life with a fantasy flavor as a mysterious cloaked hero steps from the circus ring into a cunning journey of revenge, retribution and so much more. Caligula is in power, wallowing in his debaucheries, spending the gold in the coffers of Rome. Political ambition, black mail and greed are padding the coin purses of Rome’s leaders. Meanwhile, one of Rome’s Elite Praetorian Guards wishes for more, and being spurned by his wealthy love, setting out on a journey to find ...more
Pearl Angeli
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a digital copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, author!) :)

I didn't know what to expect from this book the moment I first had a glimpse on it. But instantly I was captivated by its cover. It looks nice and mysterious.

This book talks about the main character Tullus Acilius Ulixes, a Praetorian guard that lives during the ancient Roman years who happened to defy the insatiable politics around him by leaving his work and leaving
Shilpa bagla
3.5 stars
*** I received I free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review ***

I have always loved Roman history and this book was full of it. A hidden treasure, magic , and historical setting; This book had it all. The book is written very nicely combining Roman history with fiction beautifully. I have a little complain and that is that the antagonists seemed very weak compared to the protagonist Tullus. They just didn't have that dangerous feel to them that a reader gets while read
Camly Nguyen
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

3.5 stars

This review will be posted(soon) on my blog as number 28 at:

Tullus, a roman Centurion, and Decimus, a roman Optio, save Tribune Norbanus' life after a bloody but victorious battle resulting in their promotion to the Praetorian Guard. A couple months later, Tullus resigns because he wants to start a family with Eliana, a young noblewoman that he met at a party but when he asks h
Maria Kaye
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
*I was kindly provided a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

First things first, this book was not for me. While I DID enjoy the book it only piqued my interest half way through when the real plot progression began. Everything before that was REALLY hard to read --- mostly because it was overly descriptive and didn't have much dialogue. Heaps of dialogue is a A+++++ (for me).

So as I was saying after the half way mark, things got better and I enjoyed where the au
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, T.A. Uner, for gifting me with a copy of The Leopard Vanguard in exchange for an honest review!

Now, I'm not exactly an expert on Rome but from what I do know, this was a pretty darn accurate portrayal of Rome back in the day. And from the dozens of research papers I've written, I know how difficult it can be to make something completely historically accurate. So for all historical writers, a round of applause!

So the review. I've always been a huge fan of historical ficti
Aleishas Reviews
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

I'm having difficulty writing this review, I'm not quite sure where to begin so I figure I will split it into the aspects I liked and those I had troubles with.

"Our lives aren't filled with great riches but what we make is enough; we have each other, and possess the greatest wealth one can ask for - friendship"

Ok, so what I enjoyed about this book:
The first thing I took note of where the battle scenes, well -
This is the first book in the saga of The Leopard King. There isn’t a cliff hanger at the end of this book.
So this book started out a little slow for me, however did pick up it. This book is full of political intrigues with people seeking and trying to maintain their power at the beginning of Caligula’s reign. Mr. Uner did a wonderful job in portraying Ancient Rome with everyday life for the common person, criminal organizations along with the upper class citizens. There are several gory scenes
Book Review originally published here:

The moment the synopsis of The Leopard Vanguard mentioned the Roman Empire and Caligula, I knew I had to read this one. And it even has tons of Latin! I took Latin classes at college, and I’m a huge fan of the Roman Empire and the matching era, so of course I wanted to dive into the world of the Leopard King Saga. It certainly didn’t dissapoint.

We’re introduced to Tullus, a Roman Centurion has only recently been promo
Morgan Duplechin
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
**I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
This book was so difficult to rate because while I enjoyed every second of it I had a lot of problems with it. Honestly, even though I did have some problems with it I never wanted it to end so if I were to rate this book on pure enjoyment then it would be a 5 star. The author did an amazing job of describing the action scenes. There was just enough details to make it interesting but not too many d
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from author for an honest review.

I wasn't sure what to expect with The Leopard King. I knew it took place in Ancient Rome which was a brutal and harsh time to live. Some of the scenes were pretty detailed and gory but believable. From the beginning I was truly hoping the Tribune would get some kind of punishment for his acts. This book was good for me not only bc it had some pretty accurate historical facts, which I'm an ancient history buff, but it also had just th
Mrs. Kyle
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Digital copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this book was mesmerizing,-like setting things aside, putting on gladiators, an armlet, letting my hair loose and snatching the curtain off the rack to drape it around me and go on a journey into a different era, an ancient Rome where a mighty soldier, Tullus was making his way.

First of, there are some books in which you are an spectator, and some where you are present and you live through it. I lived this.

The writing
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman adventure with a different brand of mysticism, as of now what drew me to this novel is....... when in Rome, just read, be decadent and lots of gratuitous S E X, even with the third reason omitted, who doesn't love the Romans one of the most respected culture, the best in warfare(legionnaires), hope I'm spelling it correctly, brilliant minds/horrendous killers.......what else??? Oh the story.....amidst my ramblings is the story.
Honestly I am having second thoughts to this series, it lacks s
Ariana Fae
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Roman History, and when you combine fantasy elements in I’m even more interested. Uner’s writing style is smooth and he made the settings come alive with just the right amounts of details. Although the story starts off slow, it does remain engaging enough to keep the reader’s interest. There were scenes in the book that I felt slowed the pacing of the book and took focus off the protagonist and the plot. I also wished the fantasy aspects were more developed in book one. The char ...more
"The Leopard Vanguard" by T.A Uner is a step back into the Roman Empire with political intrigue, romance, a few twists along the way. I would say it's a pretty good epic adventure if you're looking for something along that line. It starts out a little slow in the beginning but sucks you after a few chapters.

This isn't normally my type of read, but it kept my interest long enough to finish the story, so for that I praise T.A.'s writing skills.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange
Zipporah Aniko
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this book is an awesome blend of corruption and greed, treachery and espionage, a quest for vengeance, battle for power, romance, with a bit of magic, all in the always fascinating setting of the Roman Empire.
I especially loved how the story was incorporated into the early period of Caligula's reign, as well as the characters and the twists, making it impossible to not be engrossed from start to finish.
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author offered me a copy of his story in exchange for a review, being a book whore I said "OF COURSE"

It took me a while, but apparently Mr. Uner knows what floats my boat, this is a great fantasy/historical fiction tale, if you haven't read it and thats your thing, give the man your money, its worth your time.
Hamsa Mohamed
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of a review

I love Roman history so i really loved this book . the mix between romance ,fantasy and history was very exciting.I enjoied reading it , loved the characters Tullus ,Anna and Eliana and of course Celestra
thank you T.A. Uner .
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. A new style of story for me. Worth reading
Benjamin Rain
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ještě jednou děkuji autorovi za e-book. :)

Hned na začátek se musím přiznat, že žánr "historické fantasy" nijak zvlášť nevyhledávám. Avšak musím říct, páni, tahle knížka byla vážné dobrá.

Během prvních pár stran se seznámíme s hlavním hrdinou Tullusem, který se zúčastnil mnoha krvavých bitev. Za své hrdinské činy a pomoc Norbanusovi byl povýšen. Společně se svým přítelem Decimusem cestuje do Říma, kde je svědkem korupce, bojů o moc a snah získat trůn. Mimo to se zamiluje do Eliany - dcery senátora
Matthew Travagline
T.A. Uner gave me a free e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. What follows is my thoughts, unswayed by the fact that I was given a book for free. Seriously, I've read over a dozen books from Goodreads for free, and their reviews are as honest as any other review I write.

So here I sit after just finishing Uner's debut novel. Not that I would've known that by reading it. Uner is as strong with his descriptions and his dialogue as many seasoned authors. Granted, the book has rece
Cassie C
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was provided a digital copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Actual rating 4.5 stars

I was blown away by how much I loved this book. This is the perfect fantasy book for all readers, and shows that Mr. Uner is one to watch! I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel, but I knew two things. First, the cover was gorgeous and extremely intriguing. And second, it featured ancient Rome, magic, and a circus troupe. You can't beat that kind of combination! This n
Ancient Rome - debauch and corrupt. A world full of intrigue, power-struggles, sex and a place where magic isn't allowed. Are you brave dear reader to step into the book that will bring you into the darkness of the glory of Rome? Are you ready to stand for the morals that you are aware of or will you side with the politics that devour those who don't pay.

Yes I am still reading the book but I am enjoying the read so far. Uner does a great job of combining fantasy with history while there is an
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T.A. Uner has been fascinated with the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre since 1978, when as a youngster, he first watched Superman on the big screen.

He wrote his first story in the 5th grade. After an 18 year hiatus, he resumed his writing odyssey in 2003 and hasn't looked back since.

Mr.Uner loves hearing from readers, and chances are you'll enjoy conversing with him. He's a capricorn, loves pizza, and is qu

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