Monday, 25 May 2015

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: At the Ruin of the World - John Henry Clay

Release Date: 07/05/15
Publisher:  Hodder


A.D. 448. The Roman Empire is crumbling. The Emperor is weak. Countless Romans live under the rule of barbarian kings. Politicians scheme and ambitious generals vie for power. Then from the depths of Germany arises an even darker threat: Attila, King of the Huns, gathering his hordes and determined to crush Rome once and for all. In a time of danger and deception, where every smile conceals betrayal and every sleeve a dagger, three young people hold onto the dream that Rome can be made great once more. But as their fates collide, they find themselves forced to survive in a world more deadly than any of them could ever have imagined. What can they possibly do to save the Empire, or themselves, from destruction?


Whilst a lot of historical authors tend to focus on Rome at the height of its power John Henry has created a tale where the ancient state is close to collapse just prior to the rise of the Holy Roman Empire. Here within this book readers are thrust into this turbulent time where living is hard and death is easy as we follows the lives of four principle characters over a period of their lives. Its heart wrenching in places, gives the reader a chance to sit back and see how the world changing events unfurl as each seeks to survive and further their own ideals/policies and by the culmination of each generates repercussions that history will take note of.

Its definitely a book that was a pure pleasure to sit back and read with an author who not only clearly loved his subject matter but presents it in such a way that you can’t help but sit there glued to the events and when you add characters that you care about all round gives you a new series that will stay with readers long after the final pages are turned. A definitely joy to read and a world I’ll definitely be returning to in the future.

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