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Reign of Iron

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Iron Age Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (518 ratings)

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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 its downfall.

©2015 Angus Watson (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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I don't know if it can get better than this

Angus Watson has delivered in all 3 novels in his triology. I find myself thinking of the books days after I finished the last one. It's that kind of novel you can't wait to finish and when you are finished you regret that you were in such a hurry. If you are a fan of gritty fantasy with a lof of humour in it this series is a given. I shouldn't forget the narrator, Sean Barrett is definately one of the best.

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A four star series with a one star conclusion

Sean Barrett knocks it out of the park, great narration and presentation.

However…

This book is riddled with deus ex machina, and mary sue moments. Moments where the ability a character needs, or the path taken is what the narrator (not the character or their abilities) dictates for that moment of the story… and is forgotten wherever and whenever it might have proved useful.

There was a lot of what I imagine was discovery writing in this novel compared to the first two. Many of the scenes felt forced to kill time rather than move plot forward. Sometimes this really really hurt the causality in the universe.

In example we have one character watch another die, to get to this point the watching character magically teleports across the sea. The problem is.. they didn’t do this in the last book, when it would have been useful, or to accomplish their one goal of this novel (a point which the author even hangs a lantern on) which would have been useful, or during any of the other times in the previous books, or before this moment in the story. Instead it is saved for this moment and then used several times to keep a thin diversionary thread going… then never used again.. even when it would have been really really useful.

In the end it just left me frustrated, character choices should matter. But in a universe where consistency doesn’t, what a character may or may not do is just a bunch of badgers bollocks.

A subpar end to a good series.

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Great Badgers Bullocks this is funny!

Great characters combined with an clever and inventive interpretation of British History. Loved it!

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Epic Historical Fiction

This is an outstanding trilogy.

Watson is the superlative of writers among this genre. If you're interested in the martial history of ancient Rome, Britain, and Transalpine Gaul — Caesar's Legionaries, his conquest of Gaul, and failed attempts at conquering Britain c 58-51 BCE, in particular — you too will thoroughly enjoy each book in Watson's Iron Age trilogy.

Additionally, Sean Barrett's narration is fantastic as usual.

Highly recommended. Bravo!

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This trilogy will be in my top ten list.

Every once in a while you start a new book or series that just draws you in and can't put down. This was one of those for me. character's you love, love to hate and hated at first but loved at the end. I am a big fan of historical fiction. If you are then give this trilogy a try.

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Unexpected ending

I was kind of expecting this to have a unfavorable ending since it's kind of based on history. But, it did not and at the end author explains why it did not have ending I was expecting it to have... I'll probably re-read the series in a year or two

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Brilliant! !!

Best trilogy I have ever listened to. Gus is an absolute writing genius. Buy it !!!

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basically the second one over again

but this time not as good, like it even ends mostly the same. not bad, just feel like it could have been better.

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Great narrator but the story got old

The story got booring halfway through the second book. I tried to keep going but had to stop. I just didn't care anymore. I LOVED the first book though!

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the second was a bit slow

the whole series was worthwhile it was a good ride I wasted way too much time after my commute. thanks Gus