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The Watchmen

(Britannia #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  9 reviews
‘We are the watchmen; the keepers of the flame.’

Britannia in the late fourth century is a wild, dark place and the Pax Romana that has held for three hundred years is crumbling. Justinus Coelius is commander of the Wall and he is facing invasion from Saxons and treachery from within. Leocadius Honorius is consul of Londinium, but his fragile grasp on his lifestyle is brok
Paperback, First, 466 pages
Published December 17th 2014 by Thistle Publishing (first published December 16th 2014)
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rousing action/adventure novel, sequel to the authors' The Wall, a nail-biter all the way, with unexpected plot points. This tells of the further lives of the three surviving "Heroes of the Wall": Leocadius, Vitalis, and Justinus, and the rise and fall of the imperial usurper Magnus Maximus. It begins a few years after the Barbarian Conspiracy. The womanizer and gambler Leocadius, now Consul [Mayor] of Londinium, is murdered and thrown into the Thamesis, or is the body his? Vitalis goes with his ...more
N.A. Granger
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Watchmen is the second book in the Britannia series by Richard Denham and M.J. Trow. I read and reviewed the first book in the series, The Wall. I liked that book; this one was more entertaining.

The Wall began in AD 367 in Roman Britannia, modern day England. The Watchmen is set years later and the four so-called ‘Heroes of the Wall’ are living very different lives from their earlier roles in the Roman Army. Leocadius, once a bragging and womanizing pedes or foot soldier, is now a leader in
Rosie Amber
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Britannia Part II: The Watchmen is the second book in this historical fiction series set around Roman Britain in the late 4th Century. Magnus Maximus is the Military officer commanding Britain - the Dux Britannorum. Power seeking he is gaining support from the legions and calling himself Caesar of Britannia. He's causing political uproar too by marching on London and demanding the support of the Vicarius, the Governor of the province.

The four heroes of The Wall (Hadrian's Wall) from the last boo
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second in a trilogy of novels set in late Roman Britain. Having got to know the various characters in the first novel , I was immediately engaged by the second book which ranges in location from north of Hadrian’s Wall to Augusta Treverorum (Trier), the then ‘capital’ of the Western Empire. I was pleased to see Magnus Maximus (Macsen Wledig) featuring so prominently, and that he was joined by 'Elen of the armies', a powerful female character. The remaining ‘Heroes’ of the Wall, Justi ...more
Susanna Shipman
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well researched

Another excellent read in this series. The characters are vividly portrayed and feel sorry when they die. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Richard van Balen
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
It took me a serious amount of time to finish this book. And to be honest, now that I am done reading I can not tell you in depth what is was about. The story is set in roman times, is stretches from across the British isles, to Trier, and even much further than that. An astonishing amount of characters play a part in the story, so many that I don't have a clue who, or what, or what about really. A pity because the writing seems solid. If you want to know what this book is about I couldn't reall ...more
Dee Davis
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy and enjoyable reading

Liked the inclusion of all characters parts throughout the read.
Also liked the facts for modern day names and places.
Polly Krize
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An impressive followup volume to The Wall. True to the first book, Roman Britain is expertly portrayed with historical accuracy and detailed descriptions and characterization. I will await volume 3 eagerly.
Devi Balfas
Aug 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway.
thank you so much for the author who given me this book.
I'll read and review ASAP!!

once again, thank you so much!!
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Richard is the co-author of the popular 'Britannia' series with M. J. Trow. These books follow a group of soldiers and their descendants through the madness of a chain of events which will eventually lead to the fall of Roman Britain and the descent into the Dark Ages. His other works include 'Arthur: Shadow of a God', exploring the obscure Celtic origins of King Arthur.

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