It’s dangerous business getting mixed up with gods…
...but a centurion always follow orders.
When blood sucking monsters attack, can even the gods protect a loyal soldier of Rome?
After three years campaigning in Armenia and Mesopotamia and a meteoric rise through the ranks of the legions, Lucius has been promoted to centurion and given a final mission from his dying emperor—go to Armenia to protect a remote temple dedicated to the god Mithras.
With a Parthian assassin on their trail and a ferocious Caucasus Mountains winter in front of them, Lucius and his men are running out of time. And with dark demons waiting for them at Mithras’s temple, Lucius may be running out of luck.
Enemies—mortal and not—are dogging Lucius’s every movement, and he isn’t sure he’ll be able complete his emperor’s mission…or even make it out alive.
You’ll love this blend of historical fantasy and vampires, because history is better with fangs.
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Rise of the Centurio Immortalis is a Luke Irontree Historical Adventure.
C. Thomas Lafollette is a student of history and a world traveler. He’s dined with a Prime Minister, read poetry with Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and drank beer with monks. He’s the author of the action-adventure urban fantasy series Luke Irontree & The Last Vampire War and the forthcoming Red City Reaper series. Besides reading and writing, he loves a good action movie, be it a Hollywood blockbuster or a classic Samurai flick, as well as the occasional rom-com. He lives in Portland with his partner – the devastatingly talented author Amy Cissell – his stepdaughter, and their two jerkface cats.
Another great addition to the Luke Irontree mythos. This is one of the supplemental readings to the urban fantasy series.
In this novella, Luke Irontree is still Lucius Silvanus Ferrata, Centurion in the Roman army. Like the flashbacks from book 1, Dark Fangs Rising, we get a peak into Luke's ancient past, in fact this is his origin story. We learn here how he got involved with the gods, earned his immortality, and why he fights vampires.
This book has lots of action sequences. Not just normal Roman legion stuff, but also lots of vampire action. The author proves his history degree here as he describes everything from clothes, weapons, musical instruments, to weapons of war and how they are used.
We also get some insight into Luke's psyche. Years of endless war and taking out the supernatural trash have worn him down over the centuries. We get the beginning of this for Luke.
Overall, this is a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed the flashbacks in book 1, and this was a whole book of them! Yay!
As a reader, I judge a series by not only the content of each book, but whether I'll continue reading them. The answer is a resounding yes! This is a great series with a new spin on fantasy and urban fantasy. If you're interested in either at all, you'll love this series!
The book “Rise of the Centurio Immortalis” functions as the origin story of how Luke Irontrre became the world’s most dedicated vampire hunter. This is information that readers and fans of the Centurio Immortalis books yearn to know. Fans of superhero books and or comics knows that the origin story of a hero is fundamental in maintaining a strong hero/ fan relationship and Lafollette has done us justice on this score. The background knowledge about Luke Irontree in this book serves to strengthen our understanding and consequence belief in the character as he continues to grow as the ultimate protagonist against the undead in our estimation in this fictional world.