Thank you Boggartbub
My knowledge of the Roman Legions is restricted to what I learnt at high school and high school was a long time ago, so with that basic knowledge I’m unsure if this is historically anywhere near a factual look at life as a Roman Legionnaire but it was highly entertaining. It started slow but was rich in descriptions of the lives the guys were living that it kept my interest and then by the time they were on the march I was totally captivated and lost track of time.
The life of a roman warrior was a hard one with them being conscripted for 20 years’ service to the legion. Drusus’ dilemma that developed here was totally understandable to me. 3 years away from being able to leave the legion his younger brother and friend are conscripted and sent to his century. Now instead of just finishing his time, he now wants to ensure the two younger members survive their conscriptions.
The brothers do hit it off quickly and the brotherly bond is there from the start, which I did find a little bit strange as they went straight back to being brothers even though Drusus had not seen Cal since he was 4 years old. He didn’t actually know Cal and I’m sure Drusus had changed over the 17 years absence, but regardless the brothers connected and fought together to stay alive.
Caius is the character I wish I knew more about. Even though he was one of the MC’s I don’t feel like we really knew anything about him other than he was a farmer and he loved Drusus
The fight to survive from the crew was well written and kept me in the story.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)