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The second book in Angus Watson's epic Iron Age fantasy trilogy.

Leaders Are Forged in the Fires of War

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

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

Meanwhile Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited 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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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 09-14-15

Story with humor, complexity and with good ending

Clash of Iron is sequel to Age of Iron and lives up to the expectations. This is a solid, entertaining book with some interesting historical background from Roman culture. Angus mentioned that Roman part in the book is accurate with few exceptions.

Book has much larger scope compare to the first one where Roman plans to invade Britain, and things are much more complicated due to politics/power grab within Britain's local tribes. There are more down to earth elements as well such as romance between Dug/Lowa and parent/daughter relationship between Dug/Lowa and Spring. Angus does a great job of mixing these themes seamlessly while adding humor that is not only unexpected but also very genuine. Sean is prefect for this book that his rough voice works well in delivering all elements of this book. Sean did well to the point that I laughed at humor and felt uncomfortable with some of the brutality and violence such as crucifixion. Book has a pretty good and satisfying bitter-sweet ending, so waiting for third book will not be too bad.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it as I wait for the next book in trilogy

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Brilliant Fiction-Shiny Characters

Unique characters who develop and grow or change in a story is a must. That's what I like about GoT and they're present in abundance in this book. Also a unique perspective on the Britons' time period and a clever plot. I'm ready for the next one!

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Filling in the gaps in History

I LOVE how Angus Watson takes a time and place in history where there are LARGE Gaps in the actual historical record, then he weaves a story into the gaps to fit them, and fill them.

Where records exist, his stories stick to them, and then he smoothly continues weaving his fantasy through the gaps until he comes to another point where a bit of actual historical record exists. His stories always lead you to HIS version of "Why" the next fragment of historical record is what it is, even though no one really knows why a bit of record exists in the middle of large gaps (The actual fragment of record, on it's own, usually makes NO sense, as no one knows what really happened during that time period to get historical figures from one known event in history to the next).

The way Mr. Watson tells his tale, You can't prove that his tale IS how history took place, but you can't prove it's NOT how history took place either! His "Fantasy Stories" are as viable as any "Archeological Theory" out there about the same Time-Period/Place.

Brilliant!

Gotta toss in some Kudos to Sean Barrett for his excellent Narration also... Being a student of history, I know how horribly dry it CAN be if told by the wrong person, and how exciting it can be when told by the right person! In college I was lucky enough to have one of those professors that could "make History come alive, so you FELT it's ebb and flow"... I took every history course that Professor taught, even though 90% of them were not even remotely within the requirements for my degrees (Electrical Engineering, Computer Systems, Mathematics, Psychology, etc)! Mr. Barrett has that same gift of being able to "Make History Come Alive", Even if it's Fantasy History...

...Let me clarify that I mean NO disrespect when I say: "Even if it's Fantasy History"... Because much of what we are taught as "Historical Fact" is really "Historical Fantasy". For Example, Thomas Edison didn't invent the Light Bulb, he bought the Patent for one type of light bulb from the Widow of the man who invented it, and then Edison improved it and made light bulbs commercially viable. Experiments with light bulbs go as far back as 1801, and there were 20-25 other patents for light bulbs even before Edison got involved in the field in 1878. However, "Edison Invented The Light Bulb" is a "Historical Fantasy Fact" that is STILL taught in schools today. "Henry Ford" didn't invent the automobile, he made "Assembly Lines" practical, which allowed automobiles to be produced very quickly, and cheaply... But, "Ford Invented The Automobile" is yet another "Historical Fantasy Fact" STILL taught in Schools!

Angus Watson's historical fantasy tales at least contain some ACTUAL Historical Facts, and Sean Barrett makes them come to life... They're one of those rare teams that end up being much more than the sum of their parts!

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Love this trilogy!

This is a great book! The first was funnier, but this one had a lot more action. Narrator is perfect for this trilogy! Can't wait for the third!

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This trilogy gets better and better as it goes on.

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

Action, humor and badgers

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dug of course and his weird obsession with badger appendages.

Which scene was your favorite?

One part I laughed a lot louder than my cubical mates probably would have liked. Lowa asks Maggot to tell her everything he knows. And he says ".... if you feed a dog you have a friend for life but if you kick a cat" and is interrupted by Lowa. The scene and the things he says before that really make the line. and I really hope the author has Maggot finish that sentence.

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

I could not wait to get back to the book and now that I'm finished I'm a bit sad and can not wait to get the final book.

Any additional comments?

Sean Barrett has become one of my top 5 narrators and really brings Dug and the story to life.

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that ending sucked.

it is as if the author ran out of imagination. I am done and cannot continue!

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Excellent book!

Extremely well done, both by author and narrator. History brought to life with some fantasy/magic thrown in. I loved it! All 3 books of the trilogy were terrific! Clever writing...I actually laughed out loud a number of times, and got weird looks from people who couldn't hear what I could with my earbuds on.

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Epic dark fantasy/historical fiction.

Excellent story, fully realized characters and interesting plot with authentic historical references and touches. Very satisfying narration!

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Lots of action

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

Yes I would recommend this book to any fan of the genre. While I liked the first installment a little more, I did enjoy this book very much. The first book had more character development and this one has more action and such. Normally I get over the fight scenes pretty quickly bit Mr. Watson is great at writing them. He has a way of combining strategy, action and the characters that I find engaging. I am starting the third book now. I like the series very much.

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Part 2 continues to be strong storytelling

I really liked the first part, which was unusual in that the story was told from several perspectives. This doesn't happen so much in part 2 (or part 3). If you like gritty fantasy, this is really well done. The reader is perfect for the story.