This marvellous book is already the 8th instalment of the fabulous Gaius Valerius Verrens series by the author Douglas Jackson.
Once again the historical details concerning this tale have been very well researched and explained within the historical note at the end of the book, where you can find also a fine documented glossary.
At the beginning of the book you'll notice two very well drawn maps, one of Britannia in AD 78 as well as one of "The Battle For Mona".
Storytelling is once more of a top-notch quality, simply because the author has brought all his characters vividly to life within this tremendous Roman story, and besides that the gruesome battle scenes are extremely well pictured within this tale to make this book a complete historical achievement and one which is certainly a joy to read from start to finish.
The time has now moved on to the year AD 78, and our main (fictional) character Gaius Valerius Verrens finds himself in the first part mostly in Rome, when he receives an invitation from the Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus, after a dangerous collision with Vespasian's other somewhat deranged son Domitian, in which they summon him to travel to Britannia to help out with legal cases the Governor of that province Julius Agricola.
At first after some travelling through Germania and some dangerous adventures there, and arriving in Britannia to work on some legal cases in Londinium and Colonia, Valerius is summoned by Governor Julius Agricola to join him at the head of operations against the Druids of Mona and the tribe of the Ordovices, after a garrison is massacred and the Legate of the Ninth Legion, Fronto, is found murdered, and so after arriving there Valerius is ordered to take over as leader of that same "unlucky" Ninth Legion by Agricola.
What will follow is an exciting and suspenseful Roman story in which Valerius will not only solve the murder of Fronto, the former Legate of the Ninth Legion, but also with the Ninth Legion, under the leadership of Julius Agricola who's leading the Twentieth Legion himself, will invade Mona and do anything to destroy the place and its Druids, and at the same time to do all he can to save his own family, wife Tabitha and son Lucius from that same place Mona.
Very much recommended, for this is a very thrilling and entertaining Roman encounter and one that I like to call as: "A Glorious Roman Story"!
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: CORGIE ADULT (15 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552172294
- ISBN-13: 978-0552172295
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 372 g
- Customer Reviews: 80 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)