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Leaders are forged in the fires of war. Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they have conquered it, they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to protect their home, the British tribes battle each other - and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids, and Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?

©2015 Angus Watson (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Perfect blend of historical fiction and fantasy

I have been waiting for book two to come out on Audible because I really enjoyed book one- this book did not disappoint. The same narrator, Sean Barrett, who is such a perfect fit for this setting! I've listened to other narrative books he has done and he is becoming a favorite! There is more magic In book two and carries on with the same core characters. The author adds that the battles and Roman characters appear to be accurate according to Roman history. Gives it a fun imaginative twist to epic fantasy. I Look forward to the audible release of book three!

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  • Joesph
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 04-15-15

Awesome Read

I just couldn't stop listening to the series, he is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors.

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Great book

Great story, great characters, great performance. This is a truly great trilogy. Characters are interesting and varied. Great historical storyline. Awesome performance.

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  • Katie
  • Lolo, MT, United States
  • 04-27-15

Great Big Badger's Balls!

I just love Dug's badger expletives!

This second installment of Angus Watson's Age of Iron trilogy picks up shortly where the first, "Age of Iron," left off. Our heroes' (and anti-heroes') lives have undergone quite a change in fortune from when we first met them at the beginning of "Age of Iron," yet danger and conflict loom as Caesar and his unbeatable Roman army get nearer and nearer, while the tribes of Britain and Eriu scheme, plot and battle among themselves to conquer Lowa's Maidun. Lowa, Dug and Spring endeavor to unite the tribes of Britain and train Maidun's warriors for coordinated battle plans to prepare for Rome's invasion, while Atlas, Carden and Chamanca do their best to hamper Caesar's advance on the continent, and Ragnol finds himself traveling with Caesar and sometimes acting as Caesar's envoy (which lands him in some precarious situations in encounters with fascinating rulers).

The further development of the characters of Atlas, Carden, and especially the blood thirsty (literally) Chamanca, is very well done, taking characters that where minor antagonists (though formidable foes) in the first novel and making them primary characters and excellent assets for Lowa.

Watson has taken the blank slate that is the history of the Iron Age in Britain, and invented a most interesting history to fill in that blank. Epic battles, magic at the right moments, very interesting characters, some surprise creatures, and women who are decidedly NOT wimps...



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  • Mr. J. Ambler
  • 06-01-15

Another quality tale of pre-Roman adventure

First, the narrator on this is to be highly praised. Turns out it's not just kids who love it when people 'do the voices'.
The book is a fun adventure story where the writer mixes fact with (intelligent) guess work to create compelling characters that you care about. before listening I was concerned the story would lose momentum, but I had nothing to be worried about!

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  • richard
  • 05-18-15

Just so good

For me a perfect blend of Joe Abercrombie, Bernard Cornwall and a smidgen of Patrick Rothfuss. Second book as good as or better than first.

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  • Christine
  • 08-05-15

Too much cruel gore

I loved book one, it was so light-hearted and funny. However, I couldn't stomach all the cruelty and gore of this sequel. Most people seem to disagree with me judging by the reviews, so I just thought I'd warn those who don't like torture and violence...

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  • S. Binley
  • 08-12-15

Fantastic brilliant.

As with the first book this is an amazing book the characters and humour are great Angus Watson is a creative genius.
Sean Barrett realy brings everything you would want to the characters.

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  • Simon
  • 04-13-17

It's The Badger's Bollocks!

Sorry, I'm normally a little more polite with my review titles but this just is. Having enjoyed the first book I was happy to make a fairly quick return to the series and I doubt it will be that long before I hit the concluding part.

The characters are superb, the battle scenes are genuinely exciting and the story and its intrigues are epic in scale. There is also plenty of Badger-based swearing of course and some goodly humour; I particularly enjoyed the town of Seaview which treats us to a little homage to the creations of Goscinny and Uderzo.

The only reservation that I have is that at the time of writing this review Audible have this series under Historical Fiction. That's not totally unreasonable because as the author points out it is built around real events and an Iron Age world that are supported by the historical evidence. However, there are also strong fantasy elements that can't be ignored and while I loved them someone looking for a genuine historical epic may not be so happy.

For me though I felt that the story just got better and better as it went along and the ending was genuinely spectacular, I really didn't see it coming. You're left with real heart in the mouth action and yes a bit of a lump in the throat too. Sean Barrett is at his best throughout giving the characters instantly identifiable personae.

Very highly recommended!

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  • D Wade
  • 05-17-15

Epic battles- never boring

A compelling sequel. Really enjoyed the journey through Gaul. Laugh out loud moments couple with cringe worthy moments. Looking forward to book three.

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  • Markos
  • 05-11-15

Great

Very enjoyable, good action and some really funny bits too, looking forward to the last of the series

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  • Viesturs
  • 05-10-15

A truly great sequel

Would you consider the audio edition of Clash of Iron to be better than the print version?

The book is just as well written as the first in the series and the performance of Sean Barrett is just as wonderful as it was in age of iron. The story picks up JUST where it left off in the previous book. The story takes a darker tone this time around and takes a more serious approach. However Angus Watson still finds ways to throw in a good joke or exchange between characters here and there throughout the book that should make you smile smile if you enjoyed them in the first book. Angus Watson makes good use of well known characters and more than a few new ones to weave an Exciting and emotional story that really draws you in and pulls on your heart strings. Just like in the first book, a lot of research has gone into the making of this book, making the different factions and characters more believable. in contrast to the first book were the whole story took place in Britain, this time around we get to see more on this wonderful world as the story takes us to Rome, Gaul (France) and even shortly to Eru (Ireland). The performance of Sean Barrett is again amazing as he manages to make every character sound distinctly different, giving them a sense of character beyond just their descriptions. Over all this audio-book is even better the first in the series and one of the best out there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I wanted to listen to all of it in one sitting

Any additional comments?

A well written book with a superb performance.

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  • Caroline
  • 05-07-15

Doug, Lowa and Spring ride again...Fab

Witty, charming and laugh out loud funny. This seemingly uninteresting topic is brought to life with the amazing characters: Doug, Lowa, and Spring. As good as the first...but with a sprinkling of sadness...can't wait to read on see what will become of these( and all the others), amazing Characters.

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  • Mike Sims
  • 04-22-15

Excellent

Great series cannot wait for another books this good are rear and Sean in my favourite narrator.

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  • Damian La Peyre
  • 04-29-18

Brutal, funny, sad.

This was a journey..its the last in the series and i found it, at times, distressing. The Iron Age sounds like a brutal time and I'm surprised anyone found love at all...

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  • Jeremy
  • 02-28-18

pure addiction

i started the first book and it took a while to get going.
but im now addicted to the series.
what an absolute gem this has been..
i love it!!

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-06-17

Enjoyable sequel

The saga continues with even more blood, guts & giggles! Graphic and descriptive historical account.

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  • ssomers
  • 06-20-17

Love Angus Watson!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story in this 2nd set in the series. I have enjoyed it from start to finish - something different and always enthralling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doug was my favourite character, and I was glad he continued in this 2nd part even if as a ghostly figure. I find Spring to be a very interesting character as well.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He's a fabulous narrator - it adds so much to the story. His range of voices is amazing.

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  • Trish
  • 08-16-15

So Entertaining

I absolutely enjoyed this book and the next one from the first word to the last. There was not one single wasted character or word in it. It is funny, the characters are just awesome and the villains are either interesting or likable in their own psychopathic way. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes, and I just love Spring. She's the best character I've read about among a list of goodies lately! Awesome book. Magic, humour, super entertaining story. Get it. You won't regret it. I have the second one too and I'm hanging for the third. The narrator is fantastic too, I love how he does Spring's voice and Jumanka (sp?). Hillarious and authentic!