The 1st of a 2 book series (THE VARIAN DISASTER to follow) tells the story of a barbarian Legionary, later a Roman citizen, and later still an equestrian knight, who led a coalition of tribal warriors to victory in a famous battle annihilating three entire Roman legions. Some contemporary historians revere this distant figure from the shadows of European antiquity as a liberating crusader, others as, “The noble savage gone wrong.” This tale of Imperial Rome and ancient Germania centers on the travails, defeats, and victories of a Cheruscan tribal princeling Roman scribes refer to by the Latinized name Arminius. A culture hero—possibly even the legendary Wagnerian hero of heroes, Siegfried—he is credited with organizing and consummating the total destruction of three Roman legions in a crucial battle, thereby conceivably changing the course of European history by making Caesar Augustus, and subsequent emperors, abort the conquest of germanorum magnus.
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Apr 7, 2013ARMINIVS, December 3, 2010 Review by Sly80, Harper Collins Authonomy The author of STONEFISH With the pitch and the foreword, we are instantly reassured we are in safe hands, in both the historical authenticity of the work and the art of the penmanship. You end the Foreword with two cunningly crafted lines that launch us into Chapter 1. Here, in addition to the narration, the conversation between 'Flavus' and his uncle tells us a great deal about the Romans, and their military structures and strategies, as well as something of their politics. We sympathise with their misery as the two men watch and wait in the downpour, and then share their jubilation as they realise they will be able to mount a successful attack. The language manages to suit the time and the mixed cultures without becoming archaic or obscure. In fact, it is wonderful prose: 'he radiated tension electric as the weather', 'opening up slowly, a slice at a time', 'the talons of the birds we seek are sunk in mud'.... More > All those admirers of historical fiction, and especially enthusiasts for the history of Europe during Roman times, will find this a feast of a novel. There's the genuine history (I learnt a great deal from reading just a couple of chapters); a marvellous character in Arminius, fully fleshed out from the scattered historical sources; and a series of his remarkable adventures from youth onwards - exciting fiction based on fact. This will get a high star rating and a place on my shortlist for backing. Possible nits: A few of the sentences are quite long, though I'm sure most of the readership will be able to handle them. You might consider cutting back a little on the narrative background between the first appearance of Flavus and his uncle, and the resumption of that scene - perhaps relocating some of the information to later in the story - but I'm not very familiar with this genre, so weigh that suggestion accordingly.< Less
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