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Publisher's Summary

Warrior queens and Roman invaders do battle in the final volume of this thrilling epic fantasy trilogy.

Caesar's soldiers have murdered, massacred, and pillaged their way through Gaul and loom on the far side of the sea, ready to descend upon Britain; with them are an unstoppable legion of men twisted by dark magic.

Somehow Queen Lowa must repel the invasion, although her best general is dead and her young druid powerless. She faces impossible odds, but when the alternative is death or slavery, a warrior queen will do whatever it takes to save her people.

Every empire has it downfall.

©2015 Angus Watson (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Would I read the next one? Yes, absolutely. Bring me my hammer, bring my beer, bring it on!" ( Sfcrowsnest on Age of Iron)
"If you like your fantasy packed with bloodthirsty Druids, hammer-wielding heroes, strong female leads, action, intrigue, betrayal, and a brilliantly conceived world then Age of Iron is for you." ( Book Beard on Age of Iron)

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  • Chris
  • 11-04-15

Excellent Trilogy

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This series has been thrilling and engaging all the way through. Angus Watson has a distinct storytelling style and the books are innovative and exciting. The pace doesn't let up all the way through and this final book is a perfect climax to the trilogy.

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  • Kirsty Shirlaw
  • 09-17-15

Excellent

What did you like most about Reign of Iron?

The plethora of badger based swearing was brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reign of Iron?

Badger's spunk trumpet.. is perhaps the most memorable turn of phrase I have heard.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending was fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes.. there were several, but no spoilers shall be placed here. Having come to love the characters over the whole trilogy any situation where evil befalls any of them has the potential to be moving.

Any additional comments?

The 'of Iron' trilogy are great books to listen to, Sean Barrett does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life. I can't remember another book which has moved me and made me laugh so much.

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  • Magbug
  • 09-10-15

Very good, possibly even great

Would you listen to Reign of Iron again? Why?

Excellent end to a great trilogy. It's refreshing to read a well crafted book that actually finishes after three books!

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  • Q
  • 10-25-15

Trio of star fun

This has been soooooo much fun I'd recommend it to anyone the characters and drive / pace of the tales are superb
This has been the best value for money in ages
Let's hope Gus is back soon
Brilliant fun
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  • Johnny
  • 10-14-15

Fun, bloody and well told

Great series can't wait for the next ... If you never tried audio books this is the reader and story you need to listen too!

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  • AEC
  • 10-09-15

Great trilogy

Loved this and could do with another...bloody Roman fun. I'm pretty sure this is absolutely historically accurate as well.

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  • Simon
  • 05-04-17

Wallop! Watson Delivers on His Promise!!!

One of those rare series that end all too quickly leaving you feel very glad that you read it but also a little sad that it's over. This one has it all for me; a great story, great characters and some on the nail humour. The key point when reviewing the final book of a trilogy is obviously to confirm that it delivers on the promise the first two books made and this one does that in spades!

A small note, if you are reading reviews of the final book before starting the series or reading the second book the final paragraph of this review contains a spoiler. It's also once again worth mentioning that at the time of writing Audible has this under historical fiction. It does indeed have a strong historical ring to it but it has very strong fantasy elements in it too, this isn't a purely historical series.

That said there is so much to like here. Great characters like Ragnull, strong female leads and so much good humour including what may be the world's first Praetorian double act! Caesar is superb and there is a good old-fashioned, black-hearted villain in Felix. I think the treatment of magic and the way it is linked to life force and emotion is also very well done.

The tactics and the ebb and flow of the Roman invasions are both imaginative and quite riveting. The battle scenes give each side their moments of triumph and despair giving a real depth to the campaigning. Sean Barrett is on great form throughout and gives a performance that elevates the book and gives it excellent momentum. The very ending was something that I enjoyed a great deal but if anything is going to split opinions that could just be it.

One doubt that I did harbour coming into this was how big a hole Dug might leave given the critical role he had played up until now. I needn't have worried, from near the very start it's obvious there will be plenty of badger-related cursing and that Dug's unique wisdom will still play a role. The most important thing you can say about this book is that Watson fully delivers on the promise he makes at the start of the series to tell us "what really happened" when the Romans mysteriously came to Britain and then left shortly afterwards and why it took them so long to return. This is an author I am going to follow with huge interest.

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  • Macmedal
  • 09-29-15

Good story but a little too much fantasy at times

What did you like most about Reign of Iron?

I liked the blend of historical action and fantasy in this series. However I did feel the fantasy aspect in the final book did overtake things too much, obscuring the history, which became a side line to the story. This I feel undermined the main plot somewhat, as if a magic wand would make it alright in the end. However I still liked this series a lot and still recommend it.

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  • E. Robinson
  • 09-23-15

Brill!

Loved it. Really enjoyed all three. Sean Barrett is one of the finest narrators around, well done him.

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  • Tony
  • 09-23-15

Funny

Lovely twist and turns right at the end not don't think it was as good as the last two but it was deafly an ending really enjoyed it can't wait for is new stuff for kids to listen with supervision

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  • Chris Hardwicke
  • 11-05-16

Brilliant Trilogy!

If you could sum up Reign of Iron in three words, what would they be?

"Absolutely loved it." The series flows easily and the characterisation is easily believed. Sad to finish the final book - as I would love to see the characters move forward - but I think this is always the reflection of a great story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reign of Iron?

Throughout all three books, I have smiled at the expletives coming from the character, Doug - which was infective and became part of the dialogue with the other characters. One of the best fantasy stories I've read/ listened to, for a long time! (I also thought the final post-script was very funny!)

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Brilliantly delivered and a pleasure to listen to! A real master of the art of story telling.

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

Sure - used any and every opportunity to listen to the story.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to seeing what this author does next!

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-18-18

A master tale of Excitement

Where does Reign of Iron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is right up there with my Star Wars novels and of course Pillars of the Earth.

What other book might you compare Reign of Iron to, and why?

Pillars of the Earth

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The battles with Caesar and his legions against foreign troops was entertaining. But Spring was also a laugh.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing series of books and I cannot recommend them any more than I have so far.
you will NOT be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

more please

It is a great accent on the narrator & a rather intriguing book but now I want more!

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 07-27-17

Brilliant

I'm going to miss these people. I don't think I've enjoyed a trilogy as much as this one.

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  • Peta
  • 10-15-15

Fabulous series!

I am sad this is over! I feel like Dug and Spring and Lowa have been my friends over the past few weeks - and even Atlas and Chimanka, which surprises me.

Masterful job Mr Watson - I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. And an awesome job done by the narrator too.