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Rivers Ran Red: The Last of the Romans Trilogy

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In a whirlwind of fire and carnage, Attila the Hun wheels half a million horsemen towards Roman territory. In his path, corruption and greed have undermined the ancient empire and the vacillating emperor, Valentinian III, has cut her legions to a sliver. But out of this smoke a wily, battle-scarred general, Avitus, rises in her defence. Making allies of his enemies, Avitus ...more
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Published November 1st 2019 by Cloud Ink Press Ltd
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May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Books Go Social, J.A. Grierson and Netgalley.
I have a weakness for Roman books. I loved this.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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This is a well written and well researched historical fiction about the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, one of Attila the Huns last battle against the Roman army.

The Empire is weakened due to an inept emperor, Valentinian III. Atilla has laid waste to huge swaths of the Roman Empire. The Empire must make one final stand to defend itself. Avitus, one of the Empire's greatest generals, convinces the Empire's enemies to
Frankie Lovely
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Can J. A. Grierson write all the History books from now on please?

The Story

An extremely well written and well researched historical fiction based on the events surrounding the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains and the Roman's defeat of Attila the Hun.

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Just, wow. I could NOT put this book down. I am by all accounts a fantasy reader only. Sometimes when I am in a reading slump, I will pick up other genr
Peter Reilly
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written (and researched) novel. Can't wait to read the prequel and sequel. Highly recommended. ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rivers Ran Red is a prolific, deeply moving and inspiring epic tale that paints a vivid and fascinating image of what life was like in Ancient Roman times. The plot follows a series of contrasting personalities that at times endear and at others repulse, each with their own trials and tribulations. It is a genius work that seamlessly traverses between the minute details of the raw human condition and sweeping panoramic scenes of a pivotal period in history that is little known nor understood, ma ...more
Sonia Shetty
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is a far cry from my usual choice for reading, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am so looking forward to the next part of the trilogy. The author has tackled an immensely complicated period (that often overwhelms due to the sheer number of details and stories), and has put forward an extremely engaging narrative. Reading through the authors notes and understanding where the extended details for each character come from, and the justification of the fictionalised aspects ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this. I love stories about the time of the Romans so when I saw this I snagged it. My main issue with Roman times is that EVERYONE has names that are so close that I like to get characters confused. Which can make for an interesting read. I.E. Aetius and Avitus. Then I just tend to mix the two lines together until someone dies. Does this ever deter me from picking up another. it doesn't because I am fascinated by the era. This was a well written and from what I can tell ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rivers Ran Red is an enthralling novel that I couldn't stop reading. The character development was intricate and emotional - I found myself getting drawn in each further with each chapter as the story took on such highs and lows. The novel cleverly navigates the complicated time in history where there is momentus change and characters are woven in and thrown into life-changing moments to showcase their humanity or complete cruelty. It is this precise aspect that makes the novel so enjoyable and ...more
Alana Bolton Cooke
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel is well researched and interesting to read. Vivid imagery conveys the story of Attila the Hun intent on destroying all before him in bloodlust, and how the Romans' retaliated and saved the last remaining vestiges of civilisation which they had established. Characters, many of which are based on real people, are well-drawn and believable, the settings evocative and the battle scenes are riveting. The author brings this era of history alive. Looking forward to the next novel in this tri ...more
I received a copy of this book as an arc via #netgalley.
#RiversRanRed is not something I'd usually pick up and read but I was looking for something new, it did not disappoint. Deeply moving and inspiring I couldn't put it down. Its creates an image of life in Ancient Roman times. It brings history to life! If you haven't read this book yet, I suggest you do!
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Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rivers Ran Red by J. A. Grierson felt like a privilege to read. An epic historical story, it was very well researched and expertly written. The story focuses on various characters, some modeled after actual historical figures and drags the reader into the turmoil and devastation of the time and events. This is historical fiction at its finest and I would gladly read anything else this amazing writer can conjure.
Adam Watton
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heard this book reviewed on The Book Show and thought I’d give it a whirl. Historical fiction is not usually my thing (prefer fantasy) but the world-building in this novel is convincing and the plot keeps moving. There are interesting characters, both male and female, and I think both men and women will enjoy reading it. Brilliant battle scenes! Can’t wait for the next in The Last of the Romans Trilogy.
Polly Krize
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well written historical fiction; characters are well rounded and well developed, just enough action and romance to keep your interest. The Roman troops and generals encountering Atilla the Hun are hard pressed to outfight the barbarian horde, but with the knowledge and skills of General Avitus, the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains may turn the tide.
Dione Jones
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well-written novel about the dying years of the Roman Empire. This first book covers the threat of Atilla the Hun and the incredible battle which was fought between his army and the Roman army. Wonderful descriptions of the battle. The author has obviously done extensive research and has brought to life a little-known slice of history.
Bronwyn Calder
An epic journey into a part of history that doesn't figure large in the modern imagination. The end of the last great empire of the ancient world. The Roman Empire in its death throes. Battles so bloody ancient writers described the aftermath "The Rivers Ran Red". The story of one of the last Roman Emperors and his tragedy as a good man caught in treacherous times. Vivid and haunting. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roman historical fiction is my favourite genre, and this book is set in a time period I havent read about before, so I looked forward to this. I bloody loved it. What a tale! Fast paced, epic action and battles, absolutely perfect character development, a real page Turner and one of my favourite books this year, cant wait for the next!
Nicole Bannister
I Enjoyed everything about this book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I Like the setting,the writing style,the plot,the plot twists and the characters in the book were amazing.I would gladly reread it again. ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and insightful read. Very well researched and this is evident throughout. Not my normal genre, but I eagerly await the next novel.
Robin Harrington
Enthralling page turner that kept me riveted from beginning to end. Bring on the next in the series!
Helen McNeil
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you as fascinated by Roman history as me? I love it, it's full of intrigue and villains and astonishing levels of material culture. To write this book Rivers Ran Red, apparently J A Grierson did an extraordinary amount of research - visiting old battle sites in Europe, visiting Roman ruins, and reading, reading, reading. It shows. This is history come alive. And it is very much alive. There's family intrigue, love stories, heroes and Brutus - the soldier who ran away and has to face his gene ...more
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