- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1 edition (11 December 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444711865
- ISBN-13: 978-1444711868
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.6 x 23.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
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The Wolf's Gold: Empire V Hardcover – 11 Dec 2012
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The fifth book in the Empire sequence (following The Leopard Sword) takes centurion Marcus to Dacia, to save the empire's best gold mines from an unexpected enemy. Praised by authors as varied as Conn Igguleden, Ben Kane and Manda Scott, Empire is set in the 180s against the background of the Roman Empire in a time of unrest.
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Which takes away an entire star rating and tells us once more that Riches should stick to the main plot line of each vignette. Further, engaging in credible plot devices for marching a couple cohorts all over Europe could be employed. Cato and Macro, since they are detached officers, have much more credibility in the hands of Scarrow as those heroes march all over the empire. Here in Empire you have to suspend your disbelief many times for not only SuperComicBook Hero Marcus, our protagonist, smarter than any other officer, despite his just being past boyhood, and all the other baggage he has been given by Riches.
So, look past that. Riches once you ignore why the Cohort has marched 1000s of miles, finds a villain to fight. Does it well, and is ready to march on. The mistake here is to make our heroes confront Villains from all over. There were enough in Brittania to milk that for many books, as Scarrow showed in his series before moving on.
Perhaps an editor who could think through this plot holes could have suggested a better way to handle things. Or perhaps, smaller sequences with different characters acting across the empire. Not just one protagonist whose entire being makes for him to be a square peg trying to be jammed into a round hole.
I'd say a solid 5-star rating.
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But it is a solid 5-star book in this genre.
He also is taking us on a tour of the empire at a tempestuous time
I have enjoyed all his books and look forward to reading more in the future