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    5 stars deserving

    I absolutely loved this.
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    Marvelous. Inspired. Great story line. I love it. Can't wait to read the second part. Hightly recomend.
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    Good insight into a legionnaires life

    Lucius Metellus Anguis is a centurion of a Roman legion posted in North Africa. He is given the leadership role after a gruelling and intense fighting in the desert, where predecessor was killed. His guidance and quick thinking skills save the legion from outright slaughter. However his ascension soon finds enemies, from the outside and within and, attempts on his life follow. A mysterious saviour, a man who appears from the desert, a ghostlike figure, saves his life and becomes a constant companion. Lucius is later summoned to Rome by the Emperor Septimius Severus to be honoured for his bravery and leading his legion to many wins. He is accompanied by a boyhood friend, Argus, a character with a fractious and combatant personality. While in Rome, Lucius meets and falls in love with an Athenian woman. The story is well written and has plenty of suspense and mystique. The character of Lucius is a devout follower of Apollo and throughout the narrative there are suggestions the god has had a hand in his fate. What I particularly enjoyed about the story was the historical setting, one that is not often found in fiction, and of the period when Rome conquered the North African frontiers. The author gives a good insight into what life was like for the legionnaires travelling through hostile lands and the indigenous tribes they fought. The writing flowed well and the characters well developed, enough for this reader to be invested in learning the outcome of the characters. I look forward to reading the second book in the series. [Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for a honest review]
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    Fascinating!

    I really enjoyed the characters and story. Very well written, the characters were interesting and I wanted to know what was happening to them. I'm looking forward to the. Next in the series! Well done!
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    Liked but...

    Good reading but sometimes the use of modern phrases jerked me back to the present a little too harshly. I can't imagine ancient Romans using some of the terms and phrases used in the story.
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