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Alexandrus, a newly promoted Roman Centurion is sent to a posting in Northern Britain to whip the wayward soldiers there into shape, only to find that they are not all they seem and he's soon dragged into a world of shape shifters, Druid curses and Roman politics. More

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About Hazel B. West

I spend a good bit of my time writing historical fiction about brave men and women who have graced the pages of history, trying to bring more light to their legacies so readers of all ages will enjoy them.

My favorite things/hobbies: Writing obviously, listening to and playing Irish and Scottish folk music, practicing with all eras and types of historical weaponry, GOOD COFFEE, reading of course, dark (dark) chocolate, sketching/painting, hats and boots, collecting little old-fashioned things of all kinds, buying books, and don't forget dressing in period clothing!

My favorite kinds of books: Good adventure (sometimes with a little romance), Epic historical series, anything having to do with brotherhood or camaraderie--I'll read anything if it has a strong brotherly bond between two or more guys, time travel novels as long as they are traveling back in time (and not in their own lifetime), good steampunk novels (heavy on the clankers and none of the weird things), military adventure, historical fiction that's either well-written or has unique twists, meaningful or bittersweet war novels, occasionally a good funny book especially ones that are spoofs off old stories or fairy tales, and classics--always the classics!

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Dec. 28, 2014 :
The main character was likable, the plot was interesting and moved at a nice pace, and this was a great book overall, with well-rounded characters. However, I felt there were a few historical inaccuracies, which spoiled the story a little for me

(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Review by: Sarah Briggs on Dec. 11, 2014 :
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I was reasonably sure, from the blurb of this book, that this would be a book I'd enjoy reading... but I was somewhat surprised by how much I enjoyed it by the end. It had a lot of my favourite elements in a book, especially since I've been really interested in the Ancient World.

I really liked the main character in this book. I wasn't sure I would at first, but I quickly grew to like him, especially given the relationships he formed with a lot of the other characters. (I love the whole bromance thing). I also really liked his relationship with his father, despite the fact it was strained for a lot of the book.

I felt that the characters in this book were really well-written and well-rounded. I particularly liked Justinius and his relationship with Alex. I would have liked to meet a few more individuals in the legion, but those I did meet, I liked... well, with at least one exception.

There was an interesting contrast in the two types of shifting. I found it interesting how the freedom contrasted so sharply with the bloodlust forced on them with the full moon.

I did really feel like I was back in Ancient Rome while I was reading this book. It was a much harsher time and I felt that came across really well through this book.

The camaraderie came across really well in this book and there was a lot I liked about it. Since I like it when a strong person humbles themselves for the sake of people they care about, there was a particular scene towards the end that I absolutely loved. And I could really believe in Alex's loyalty and care about his men.

I would have liked a bit more detail about the history of some of the other characters, but what I did learn made me really like them. I found myself feeling really sorry for Brarn, too.

All in all, I really liked this book. It was light on the romance and heavy on the friendships between the characters. Although I noticed some errors in this book, they weren't enough to detract from my enjoyment. I would definitely read a sequel to this book.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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