Thursday, 9 July 2009
HISTORICAL FICTION: Warrior of Rome: King of Kings - Harry Sidebottom
AD256 – the spectre of treachery hangs ominously over the Roman Empire. The sparks of Christian fervour have spread through the empire like wildfire, and the imperium is alive with the machinations of dangerous and powerful men. All the while, Sassanid forces press forward relentlessly along the eastern frontier. The battle-bloodied general Ballista returns to the imperial court from the fallen city of Arete – only to find that there are those who would rather see him dead than alive. Ballista is soon caught in a sinister web of intrigue and religious fanaticism . . . his courage and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test in the service of Rome and the Emperor. The Warrior of Rome is back . . .
After happily spending a few hours devouring the original tale by Harry, this one pretty much was started within 20 minutes of completion of the last tale. Not that I'm addicted of course, but hey when you're getting writing this good you're pretty much are going to set about it with gusto. Yet again the writings crisp, the style unique with the historical detail phenomenal. Add to the mix a protagonist who continues to grow emotionally, psychologically and above all in the double dealings of the society in which he lives. As previously, the language can be quite strong at times, however with the subject matter this is pretty much expected. A cracking author to enjoy and one that will soon be starting to spire imitators. Great stuff.