This is a jolly good read. A bit daunting at first, but once you are successfully transported back to the time of the Roman Empire it is a gripping story. The characters are well composed and believable -- even recognizable to anyone who has wandered the world for a while. Living in an age of push-button warfare, it is refreshing to read of real blood-and-guts battles where your enemy is right in front -- or behind. A nice touch of spirituality as well, in Malorix. Well done!