Britannia, 45 AD: Vespasian's brother, Sabinus, is captured by druids. The druids want to offer a potent sacrifice to their gods – not just one Roman Legate, but two.
They know that Vespasian will come after his brother and they plan to sacrifice the siblings on midsummer's day. Vespasian must strive to save his brother whilst completing the conquest of the south-west of the haunted isle, before he is drawn inexorably back to Rome and the heart of Imperial politics.
As Messalina's time as Empress comes to a bloody end, Claudius' three freedmen each back a different mistress. But which woman will be victorious? And at what price for Vespasian?
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I can't really rate the book, because the narrator was virtually unintelligible.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have had my 12 year old read it to me.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
He spoke so rapidly, I thought maybe he had a bus to catch. His enunciation was terrible, he went from a whisper to a scream all in the same sentence. Worst performance I've ever endured (actually I couldn't endure it, I only lasted 2 hrs).
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
If I were the author of this book, I would be devastated by the narrator's performance of my novel.
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I had not realised that this is part of a series of books about Roman Legate Vespasian but coming in half way did not affect my enjoyment of the book. It starts with Roman occupation of Britain where Vespasian and his comrades are battling wily chieftains and supernatural druids. There are some great battles, really engaging action and a good bit of humour. The second half of the book moves to Rome where Vespasian gets involved with the court intrigues of Emperor Claudius. I found this equally engaging and will be back to sample more of the author's work.
I am genuinely baffled by the previous reviewer's negative comments about Peter Kenny's performance and can only think he had the speed set to double. Kenny is a brilliant performer and in this, as in his other work, his diction is perfect. His characterisations are also superb, especially the character of Claudius. I actually found this book by looking for more of Kenny's work, and I was not in any way disappointed.
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