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Reign of Iron

(Iron Age #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  875 ratings  ·  75 reviews

Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain -- with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic. Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her
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Published September 29th 2015 by Orbit (first published September 1st 2015)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Reign of Iron was a great end to a great trilogy. But it still felt like it was missing something.

If you’ve read the last book, you probably know what I’m talking about. After the shocking events that took place at the end of Clash of Iron, I was curious to see how the characters will pick up the pieces and carry on. Hopefully towards a triumphant ending, but with Angus Watson you just never know. As he has already shown u
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Reign of Iron was a satisfying finale to the Iron Age trilogy. The whole series was a great blend of historical fiction and fantasy. We got both Romans and magical Druids! The tone and nature of the story was a strange one. It was definitely Grimdark. The characters were very grey in nature and some of the happenings were quite dark and gruesome. The weird thing was that this was never a book that took itself to seriously so it was easy to get caught up in the humour and root for a bunch of the ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
All three books 3-3.5*'s.

To be fair all the books were consistent. However I wanted to downgrade the first two after finishing the series because it never grew into something greater as things progressed. Some of the characters simplistic, nearly simpleton in actuality, thought processes started to annoy me as did Ragnar's petulant stupidity.

On the upside the humor especially inventive curses revolving around animal body parts kept amusing me. The historical fiction aspect of the story reminde
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Full review at Tenacious Reader:

I still feel this series should get more love and attention. It is a brutal but that is tempered quite well with some amazing dark humor. For me to laugh out loud at a book? That’s high praise. While I had some reservations with the way Clash of Iron ended, this third installment solidified Angus Watson on my must read list as well as placing the series high on my recommendations list.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Some spoilers here.
Well here we are the third book in the trilogy. The hardest for me is one of the missing main characters, after the ending of book 2, although brought back in the imaginations of Lowa and Spring, it wasn't enough for me. I missed him as much as Lowa and Spring, taken hostage and sent to Rome to be reunited with Ragnall, owe how I wish she took care of him there.
Watson also brings back Ragnall that miserable turncoat, Chamanca, and Felix the most evil of Druids, with a quick b
Ned Lud
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this marvellous series and am curious to know what Watson plans next?
Samie Sands
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. What an amazing end to such a wonderful series! I love the fact and fiction clash in these novels and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. I really wish there was more to it, I could easily read 10 more books! The characters are badass and awesome, their powers and skills are amazing…I just love them! I can’t say too much without spoiling at least one of the plot lines, but I will say this: READ THEM ALL!
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015_all
I am going to miss these characters. Excellent work Mr. Watson. If I don't find a reviewer that sells this to all lovers of fantasy, I will make a point of doing so. I don't do the academic stuff which is important from a premise standpoint. That's all it was to me. The humor, the religions, the characters all come together to create a series that will be around for some time. I can see my children and grandchildren enjoying this. Actually one of mine already has so there you go.
James Dixon
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most enjoyable trilogies that i have read in some time. Fast paced, very witty and some great characters, both the fairly good and the dastardly. At the end i was left thinking "what if"? I look forward to whatever Angus Watson writes next. An excellent effort.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars - favorite!

Different (more epic battle, more fantasy) but just as amazing as the previous two books.

I am so happy that Orbit announced today a new three book deal with the author :-)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Watson finished the trilogy on a definite high note! The Romans are basically done with Gaul, and now Julius Caesar turns his eyes and army toward Britain, which he invades twice in two years time. Although we have very little historical record on the actual events in Britain (primarily Caesar's own journals, which are known to be more than a little self promoting), Watson carefully builds the story as it might have happened. Lowa has been carefully building up and training an army to defend aga ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reign of Iron is one of those fantasy books that is a breeze to read. There is not a single dull moment in there.

In the final book of the Iron Age trilogy, Julius Caesar has arrived in Britain. It is up to our rag-tag band of British heroes to stop him from enslaving everyone they care for. But what can they do against Caesar's superior numbers, and his secret weapon: a group of unnaturally fast and strong monsters led by the druid Felix?

After the build-up of two books, the Roman invasion is fin
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had a really good year so far - I was lucky enough to pick mostly really good, often 5 stars books. But this trilogy was the best of all of them. I can't remember when I had so much fun with a book. I love reading, don't get me wrong - but laughing out loud every few pages is not someting usual to me. I also shed few tears here and there (Angus Watson fucks with you so often that you sometimes wish the characters would die already to save you all of this stress), my heart was beating faster fe ...more
Matt Carlson
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Went through this entire trilogy in the space of a few weeks which is really quick for me! Loved it!
There are so many great characters in this trilogy. Dug is impossible not to like. And it was good to have his presence through the entire series. Spring was intriguing from the off. Strong in mind from an early age and blossomed into strong of body as the story went on! Lowa was awesome. As was Atlas! And so many smaller more minor characters throughout. The bad guys were well developed too. But
Mark Halse
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book and entire series rocks!

At first I was very disappointed that my favorite character in the series, Dug Sealskinner would not be included. However this book is a triumph even without him. I might even go so far as to say that this was the best book in the series.

This book is Acton packed from the first page to the last. If you haven't started this series yet, now is the perfect time because all three books are complete.

Joseph Vanucchi
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was what the culmination of a trilogy should be. Really like the whole set-up, as in alternate(?) history. And Spring is just totally awesome, was from the first book. Like most of the characters, and hated some deeply. And yeah, had chills of excitement and anticipation, and cried a little, throughout the ending. Recommended
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable end to a very enjoyable series.
Josephine Boyce
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series I've ever read (actually listened to, which I don't usually enjoy as much).
5/5 Stars.

Delicious book. Seldom I find trilogies that are as enjoyable and thrilling as these books. Few exceptions are the Thorns trilogy by Mark Lawrence and the Ryiria series by Michael Sullivan.

Appealing aspects of this book are the diversity of characterization and the grittiness of the story. Despite the fact that the story revolves around the first Roman invasion to the British islands, something less appealing as a fantasy theme rather than a historical fiction, the book manages to plun
Marat Beiner
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best book in the trilogy and a great conclusion to the story.
The book continuous straight from the spot the second book has ended.
What is better in this one over the first two is the new POV. The main villain of the trilogy Felix is the best villain I ever met, and he receives a POV in this one. His POVs actually the best ones, because you see it from his perspective and know his motivations. And the best part of it all that it was a great experience to root against him.
These books ar
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series and I think the last book was the best. It cracked along at an impressive pace and I finished it in a little over a day of solid reading. I especially liked the characters - attention seemed a bit more evenly distributed between them than the middle book and they were all very engaging. Hoping that the author follows through with his suggestion to write something related to the existing characters next - they deserve it. Mind you, he probably deserves a bit of a rest, having re ...more
John McDermott
A great end to an excellent trilogy. If,like me, you're a fan of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie then Angus Watson could be your new favourite author. Highly recommended !
Ryan Brown
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The last third of the book made me hate it. I think Angus Watson is a quite good author and overall I think the Iron Age trilogy is pretty solid, but the trilogy does not really deliver on its premise of a mature semi-realistic (emphasis on "semi") account of Julius Caesar's failed invasion of Britain.

The first way this book breaks my immersion into this world is that the main characters are almost infallible and unkillable. I am convinced you can dip Atlas and Chamanca in a vat of boiling whal
Nathan Woll
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ugh, this was a bad ending to what should have been a good trilogy. The first problem is carnivorous elephants. (Seriously!). Get out of here with that nonsense! That alone would make it only two stars, but there are many other issues.
The whole Ragnall plotline was annoying throughout the trilogy, but the expectation that it would have a good resolution kept it interesting. Unfortunately, the resolution was just as boring, tasteless, and pointless as the rest of his story.
The author's fallback
Benjamin Kahn
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book. Watson infuses his fantasy with a healthy dollop of humour that makes for a fun read. I had originally planned to stop reading after the second installment of this trilogy - after Dug died, I kind of lost my enthusiasm - but I ended up reading this last book and enjoyed it much more than it's predecessor. A light-hearted book, but one with a strong plot and interesting characters. Lots of twists and turns that kept the book from being predictable. A very enjoyable rea ...more
Terry Rudge
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 star read

I was pleasantly surprised by how well this series rounded off. Rarely is the last book of a series the best book. (think how bad the last Harry Potter book is,compared to the rest)

What I loved about the book, was the character development and the humour throughout. I can't remember reading many books in the historical fiction range as funny as this series. Yes some bits are completely over the top but that's what made the book brilliant. (ragnel dream)

Overall I really enjoyed the ser
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a great conclusion to what was a fascinating series. It had all the elements with a little bit of historical fact peppered throughout. It s a fantasy so don't go reading the series expecting to learn about ancient Britain but be expected to be entertained and transported back to 54 BC with a rampaging Roman army, a defiant Britain and a greedy and scary druid.
It was as I expected but delivered more as Angus did throw some surprises in and you were left thinking - how is this supposed t
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic end to the trilogy. I wasn't sure how this final book would go after the events of the last one but I needn't have worried. Looking back at my ratings for the first two books I was surprised to have only given them each 3 stars. This has made me keen on revisiting them in the future. I loved all of the characters and especially like the notes from the author at the end.

A perfect blend of historical fiction and fantasy.

Gautam Surath
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to an interesting series. Overall, given that it is set in an age which is quite recent in history and not a lot is known about this series is a tremendous piece of work. The merging of fantasy is done seamlessly with the reconstructed history with the required exaggeration thrown in for good measure. Excellent read and highly recommended as long as you have the stomach for it.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In his twenties, Angus Watson’s jobs ranged from forklift truck driver to investment banker. He spent his thirties on various assignments as a freelance writer, including looking for Bigfoot in the USA for the Telegraph, diving on the scuppered German fleet at Scapa Flow for the Financial Times and swimming with sea lions off the Galapagos Islands for the Times. Now entering his forties, Angus liv ...more

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“The warships could have rowed to Britain and back ten times by now, but they were held back by the turgid progress of the overladen sailing boats. They looked to Ragnall like a fleet of obese men floating on their backs and holding up handkerchiefs, hoping to be blown to lunch.” 0 likes
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