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Invasion (Tales of the Empire Book 5) by [Turney, S.J.A.]
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For the glory of Empire!

At the Empire’s northern edge lies Alba: strange, savage, unconquerable. Twenty years ago this rain-sodden island defeated a huge Imperial army.

Now the Empire returns. Disgraced generals are looking for vengeance. Their forces are accompanied by three promising Tribunes: warlike Bellacon, intelligent Convocus and the joker in the pack, Cantex.

As the armies journey into the interior, it becomes clear all is not as it seems. Beyond the realms of the Emperor, treachery is never far away. The invasion will be harder than anyone could have imagined. Can the Tribunes triumph against the odds? Or is this the very limit of Empire…?

The explosive and unputdownable new volume in the Tales of the Empire series for readers of Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden and George R.R. Martin.

The Tales of the Empire series

  1. Interregnum
  2. Ironroot
  3. Dark Empress
  4. Insurgency
  5. Invasion

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1609 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1543145140
  • Publisher: Canelo (20 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06W2L7NT3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel by Simon Turney 17 March 2017
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This novel plunges us into the lives of 3 tribunes as they fight to achieve greatness. Loosely based on the Roman conquest of Britain, it is a captivating and fascinating view into the day to day challenges and political intrigue of the Roman empire. As an avid reader of all things S.J.A. Turney, this book will not fail to keep you enthralled. Kudos to the author, I can’t wait for the next installment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal storyline 23 April 2017
By Larry E Kelley - Published on
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Although this is the fifth book in the series, it's characters are fresh, bold and clearly fit into the overall storyline. It will keep you enthralled
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conquering Alba 13 March 2017
By JPS - Published on
This is the sixth book in the Tales of Empire series which are loosely based on the Roman Empire from Augustus up to the end of Late Antiquity (7th century AD). While the prologue more or less pick up where Insurgent ended, with the capture of the Khan who besieged and almost stormed the Empire’s capital, this book, like all of the others in the series, is self-standing. There is therefore no need to read any of the previous titles to pick up on this one, although I would nevertheless recommend all of the titles to readers. As mentioned when reviewing some of the previous titles, the big advantage with writing fantasy fiction is that the author is not compelled to follow a historical outline and can therefore be as creative as he may wish. This is exactly what SJA Turney has done and explained in his interesting author’s note.

The inspiration of Invasion is the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. The circumstance are however somewhat different. The expedition comes some twenty years after a first massive attempt that ended in total failure and defeat. The invasion force has only three legions and their auxiliaries, but three commanders and no commander in chief. The three commanders have been selected by the Emperor himself. All three participated in the previous failed invasion. Their reputations and honour are tainted and all are eager to redeem both at any cost. However, both the Emperor and his Marshal have chosen three friends, dashing and up-and-coming tribunes as the respective seconds-in-command of the three generals to keep an eye on them, especially since each of them intends to take all of the credit of the conquest for himself and will not stop at anything to achieve this result.

While I will stop here to avoid telling the whole story and spoiling it for everyone, there are enough twists and fiction thrown in to make both the story and the characters quite original. Regarding the latter, one of my favourites was the Queen of the civil-war torn Abantes (loosely based on the Brigantes). The flame-haired warrior Queen is an expert swordswoman, a ruthless character who had her husband executed and who seems to be a bit of a mix of Cartimandua and Boudicca, respectively the historical Queens of the Brigantes and Icenii.

The author has also played with geography and locations, with, for instance, the major fortress besieged in the south east of the island by the Vulture Legion based on the deeds of Vespasian and his Second Augusta legion. The description of the Fens, its marshes and its Ibelli tribe (instead of the historical Icenii) are another example, with the Ibelli being pirates whereas the Icenii seem to have rather been specialised in horse-raising.

The battles and fights are also based more or less on historical events with a few twists added to them. For instance, while in history the Romans managed to cross all major rivers despite opposition, things might have been much more difficult for them if the Britons had access to some of their technology, as is the case in this book.

There are perhaps a few features which may appear a bit difficult to believe. It is for instance a bit strange for Quintellian the Emperor to send out three army corps without any overall commander, unless, of course, one admits that he has set them up to fail, something that is not explicitly mentioned. It is also strange, but possible given the book’s context, to have the Vulture Legion force march towards the north - without covering its back and occupying conquered territory – to take part in the assault on the massive fortress of Steinvic.

What the author has done here is in fact to compress within a single campaign some of the historical events that took place over two to three decades. Even if some features may feel a bit odd, such as the absence of any Druids, there are some supernatural elements such as the divination talents of Lissa and the will of the Gods. An interesting and exciting read worth a very strong four stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine edition to the series 10 March 2017
By Paul Bennett - Published on
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If there's one thing I've learned after reading so many of Mr. Turney's works, it is that to expect the unexpected. In this the fifth volume in Tales of the Empire we find the Empire invading the isle of Alba; it is reminiscent of Rome in Britain but with enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing as this invasion is fraught with much more than just battles between 3 legions and tribal warriors. As in the previous four volumes in this series, we are introduced to a whole new set of characters and with the action mostly on Alba, a new location. Once again, the author shines as he creates his characters with a wide range of personalities. The three tribunes are a good example of that as each one has something different about him to bring to the table. Of nasty specimens be assured that there are plenty and they are wonderful additions indeed. The reader also gets to enjoy the imaginative descriptive prowess of the author as he paints a vivid picture of the surroundings and the hill forts; especially the fortress of the Queen. Another winner for Mr. Turney; that's also to be expected. :-)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Albania rule the waves 4 March 2017
By Leonard Bacica - Published on
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Despite being a big fan of Simon's books, I have so far avoided his 'Tales of the Empire' series mostly due to the word 'fantasy' he uses in the description. I was wrong, and this is not a fantasy book. If anything, it is worth of the historical fiction label more so than the Marius' Mules or Praetorian series which are fictionalization of history, or historical fictionalization, if you will. Sounds like a minor difference in spelling, but it becomes obvious in meaning: whereas the two aforementioned series are based on very real and sometimes very well documented events, leaving the author with the sole task of fleshing out the documents and instill some life into characters, Tales of the Empire is completely made up, at least in terms of chronology and location. There is no doubt in anyone's mind when it comes to atmosphere or time period: we are in early empire Rome, and the changed names are not going to fool anyone, nor do they intend to. Simon's only justification for this is to have the freedom to invent his own campaigns and stray from the historical course of events. Alternative history, of sorts, that wretched thing historians hate and writers love.

Invasion deals with the conquest by 'the Empire' of an island just outside the continental mass, by the name of Alba. We are dealing with a reinterpretation of the Roman conquest of Britain in which Queen Cartimandua puts in an appearance in the guise of Verctissa, queen of the Albantes. Unlike any of his historical books though, this one does not have a lead hero on the part of the invaders, but three. There is a silent implication that Lucius Bellacon is the main guy in this story, but it is in fact the story of three Roman officers. I mean Imperial officers, of course.

Which means either or all could be killed at any point during the novel, and I did fear for their lives just like I feared for Fronto's once the main objective of Marius' Mules has been achieved.

Strangely enough, from a military point of view this book might be more accurate than its historical counterparts. It is more specific, for sure. The readers will familiarize themselves with Roman use of artillery in battles and the purposes and functionalities of scorpion bolt throwers. Plenty to cherish for the lovers of close combat or commando missions too, but I feel artillery is really the department that gets the bigger slice of this pie.

I bookmarked a self-sacrificial scene worthy to stay right next to the Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge. Self-sacrifice for your fellow soldiers always makes for a good story, the only difference between this and Mel Gibson's is that Simon's soldiers do not consciously object to any sort on violence. Quite the opposite, actually.

Also in line with Simon's sympathetic view of the natives, we are introduced to Lissa, a native seer slave who is a key accompaniment to the action and the alleged story teller. Her background story is barely sketched, and for such an important character there are lots of gaps in her personal history. Just enough to fill up a book, I suppose, and I'm pretty sure there is a readership awaiting for that book, too.

Invasion ends just as it was predictable, so much so that Lissa sees the end from the very beginning: it's the conquerors' boot on the natives' neck and the conqueror's flag on top of the mud huts. But knowing the end of the journey takes nothing away from the pleasure of getting there, as it is often the case with Simon's writings.

I am, upon reading Invasion, intrigued by the 'Tales of the Empire' series and I shall take on to reading it. There is talk of Khans plundering the capital, how can one not want to see what's it all about in this beautiful historical mash-up with changed names?