by Eric S. Brown, Steven L. Shrewsbury
I won’t speak to how accurate the historical setting is, but it seemed all there to me. I just picked this one at random cause it looked to be action-packed, and boy, it is ever…
But to my surprise, there are many characters being handled, and they are all fleshed out and well done. You’ll see many POVs on Rome sending in this legion to conquer the land. It’s certainly not just mindless action.
Of course, that being said, there is A LOT of action. While it’s gory and fun, I grew a little weary of it, and it started to feel too repetitive after a while. Thankfully they pull out some new tricks in the final battle and let it end with a bang.
The Romans face a bunch of problems, thousands of Pict warriors, Bigfoot-like beastmen, and strange magicks. Like the characters, it’s handled pretty well.
Unless something went over my head, which is very possible, I didn’t see what was so Lovecraftian about this. The land being old and strange creatures inhabiting before man is just usual myth and legends stuff. This isn’t really a problem; it just made me wonder what I missed.
The bulk of this is Roman soldiers battling beastmen, and as a one-off thing, I quite enjoyed it. I don’t think I could read another book about this, but this one is definitely a fun read.
**** Four out of Five Stars (Good)