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The Heirs of Fortune

(Valerian's Legion #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Six months after the events of Soldier of Raetia, the 24th is invited on campaign with Rome's most famous general — Drusus Germanicus, the stepson of Augustus who will stop at nothing to subjugate the north. Dardanus and Valerian, after spending the winter isolated from the outside world, now find themselves facing the realities of their relationship: while Valerian tries ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published November 30th 2015
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Heather Domin I will definitely have a paperback -- it takes a bit longer than an ebook because I have to get a proof copy from Lulu, look it over, then give the OK…moreI will definitely have a paperback -- it takes a bit longer than an ebook because I have to get a proof copy from Lulu, look it over, then give the OK before they'll publish it. I'd like to have it out by Christmas or New Year's.(less)

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Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The Heirs of Fortune is a stronger book than The Soldier of Raetia. The writing just feels more assured. The plot is twofold. The Heirs of Fortune is about Dardanus, Valerian and the rest of the 24th joining Drusus Germanicus in his march to subjugate the north. And it's also about Valerian and Dardanus struggling to balance duty and their relationship. If you are familiar with the fate of Drusus Germanicus, then it'll come as no surprise that The Heirs of Fortune is not a happy book. And I
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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For anyone who saw my review of Heather Domin’s The Soldier of Raetia, you may recall one of the many things I loved about it was the writing itself. Domin’s voice is mesmerizing, the sort of wordsmithing that allows her readers to disappear into her characters’ lives, their trials and tribulations and to feel their grief when they lose a brother in arms in battle or in betrayal. This is not a soft-sell, romanticized portrait of what it meant to be a Roman soldier in 10BC. Rather, it offers a be ...more
Julie Rose
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not only was this exciting and moving, it's so beautifully written. I expected no less, but this was just wonderful.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this continuation of Dardanus's and Valerian's adventures. Well written novel of the further maturing of a young man fighting with the legions in Germania under Drusus Germanicus. I liked the personal story between Valerian and Dardanus--their differences over the ambitious Drusus. These and other attitude differences bring them to an impasse. How will they repair their tattered relationship? The author brought in Dardanus's friends and others from the first novel and has i ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3,5 Stars

The tale of Drusus Germanicus is told from an interesting perspective. I will not focus on this-
overall, just as in the first book, the whole depiction of the setting is great.

What I expected was maybe to see the characters more as humans, not so much as heroes.
I wished they would surprise me, I hoped to think and feel with them. In stead, I felt more like a bystander, and they were more untouchable than ever.
Which I didn't really expect, since the first book laid the foundation for
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The amount of research put into this is just astounding. It is so great to see an m/m book with so much research and careful writing behind it! I LOVE Roman history, especially about their legions, so this book was made for me. It starts off a lot faster than the first one (I guess because the first one set the whole relationship up) and there was a lot more romance mixed in with a fantastic plot. I wasn't sure how to feel about Drusus, but by the end I loved him. And poor Dardanus and Valerian! ...more
V.E. Ulett
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The politics, ambitions, conflicts and loyalties of Rome are vividly brought to life in The Heirs of Fortune. Manilus Dardanus and Cassius Valerian, legionaries of Rome, defend the borders of empire in Germania and elsewhere, under the fraught and charismatic leadership of Drusus Germanicus. The relationship of Cassius and Dardanus matures and changes in this second book in the Valerian’s Legion series, as together they endure battle, societal expectations, and the shifting loyalties of an empir ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
It took me a while to finish this because, it kinda lost it's touch.

In the beginning was what I thought and hoped it would be...Valerian and Dardanus...

But with the entry of Drusus...

It gets too complicated and abruptly ended...

So if you want to keep the magic of book 1, then stop there...don't proceed or else be disappointed only like me...
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was certainly a good book, and a decent sequel. It was also, however, less endearing than the first book, and Dardanus and Valerian's relationship issues are less compelling this time around.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it, and both the writing quality and historical accuracy remained intact, which I was very thankful for.
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed it even more than the first book!
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nicely crafted period tale (Germanic forests setting mainly) ... good arc and resolution. Some good battle/action sequences and naturally lots of tension/pull between our May-December M-M pairing. The book ending sets up nicely for the next book in the series set elsewhere in the Roman empire (middle east).
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