How do you describe something you've had a life-long fascination with? For as long as I can recall, I've loved reading historical fiction. And no era is quite as fascinating to explore as that of ancient Rome—or in this case, Aquila.
In his new Legionnaire series, Gilbert Stack doesn't just explore it—he owns it. Not initially realizing this was a piece of fantasy, I was quickly drawn into life in this Romanesque outpost where you could literally smell the Praetor's sweat and hear the creak of leather sandals. By Mars, many times while reading it I wished I owned a gladius so I could go outside and hack branches from trees—pretending them to be the enemies of Marcus Venandus.
But this is no simple piece of fiction based around the legions of Rome. This initial piece of Mr. Stack's new series offers the fan of High Fantasy a taste of what might have been. The enemies of Aquila are not always couched in human guise, for in this world magic is real—and quite deadly.
Any Caesar sitting in his loge would give this story a thumbs up, and so do I.
(reviewed the day of purchase)