The Forgotten Legion fought against almighty odds at the very edge of the known world - and lost.
Now Brennus the Gaul, Tarquinius the Etruscan soothsayer and Romulus, bastard son of a Roman nobleman, are prisoners of Parthia. They dream of escape, but in the brutal fighting which lies ahead, only two will survive.
Meanwhile, Fabiola, Romulus's twin sister, is caught up in the vicious eddies of Roman politics. Hunted by slave catchers she flees, hoping to find her lover, Brutus, bound for Alexandria with Caesar.
Ben Kane's brilliant second novel plunges his characters into a cauldron of war and terror, as Caesar and the Roman Republic hurtle towards their day of reckoning.
Kane's ambitious sequel to The Forgotten Legion\n continues his chronicle of life in the tumultuous Roman Republic. After four years as a prostitute, Fabiola becomes the lover of the powerful Decimus Brutus, a top lieutenant of Julius Caesar. Her two fiery obsessions are to exploit her social status to track down her rapist father and to reunite with her brother, Romulus, a gladiator turned legionnaire captured by the Parthians at Carrahae. Forced to serve in the Parthian army, Romulus dreams of returning to his native Rome, his quest helped along by a soothsayer and a soldier from Gaul. The siblings' parallel adventures unfold in propulsive alternating chapters, with military campaigns and pitched battles making up the bulk of the narrative excitement. The historical details, graphic combat sequences, and finely drawn characters lift Kane's title above standard swords-and-sandals fare and should keep series fans sated until the next installment. \n
great sword and sandals story
Having a great interest in all this Roman, I enjoyed Forgotten Legion immensely, and moved on to Silver Eagle with anticipation of another great read. However, after a good start, the flip flop from Romulus's story to Fabiola's becomes tiring and difficult to follow. There is a torrent of butchery and killing and the amazing escapes stretch the imagination a bit far as does the constant foretelling and visions and eventually they become predictable.
On the plus side, these books are an entertaining way to study this period of Rome's history and the authors notes are a great way to sort the history from the story.
I will now try book 3 to see how it all ends however.