The year is AD 121 and in the far north of Britannia the Twentieth Legion of Rome stands at the very boundary between the civilised world and the savage Picts. The Roman empire is a long way away, correspondence takes an age to arrive and they feel isolated; tensions are rising as the Picts feel that this is their opportunity to strike hard against the Roman might. Maximus ignores orders and decides that stabilising his position and finding the rebels is more important. One local family, the Teviots, seem to hold the key to infiltrating the rebels, but will his actions solve the problem or cause a war.
I rarely read historical novels preferring non fiction history books, but have read the odd ones in the past such as the Shardlake series which I enjoyed. I promised Heather, who I know a little that I would read and review her book. The main characters are solid with a set of good traits and flaws, the peripheral characters were quite light but didn’t detract from the story. I liked the way the plot tied in with the real events and places in Roman times too and there is a reasonable amount of tension in the storyline. Personally I’m not keen on books with romance in them and whilst it does not dominate, it is still a significant aspect of the story. It was still a book worth reading in my opinion, 3.5 stars overall
Disclosure – I received a copy of the book direct from the author in exchange for an honest review.