Nov 28, 2021

Blood and Steel

Blood and Steel By {author, ☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom ☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom - Blood and Steel, Blood and Steel Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner

  • Title: Blood and Steel
  • Author: Harry Sidebottom
  • ISBN: 9781468312508
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover

☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom, Blood and Steel, Harry Sidebottom, Blood and Steel Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner circle In this second book of his new Throne of the Caesars series Sidebottom continues his retelling of one of the bloodiest periods of Roman history the Year of the Six EmBlending h

Blood and Steel

☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom ☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom - Blood and Steel, Blood and Steel Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner Blood and Steel

  • ☆ Blood and Steel ✓ Harry Sidebottom
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Blood and Steel

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  1. This well written volume picks up where Iron and Rust left off Maximinus has become a tyrant, concerned only with his Northern army The main theme is the Gordian Revolt against Maximinus Thrax and takes place during three weeks in March 238 A.D The Gordianii, father and son, are acclaimed joint emperors, although Maximinus still lives First blood is drawn the Praetorian Prefect, Vitalianus, is stabbed to death by Menophilus, envoy of the Gordianii, whom he supports Father and son are declared co [...]


  2. Well, in a very Giles Kristian like way, Harry has really turned it around in book two This is much, much like it I m not saying that all Historical Fiction has to be filled with battles and action, action, action, but when you set it up as such in the blurb, you better deliver Book One didn t, book two does.Of course, writing about the Roman period in history, is a fail safe for intrigue, backstabbing, plots, battles galore, civil wars every five minutes, wait a decade for a new Emperor and th [...]


  3. This historical novel, the second of a series, is set in AD 238, when the Roman Empire is in deep trouble Maximinus was emperor, and his policy was simple double the pay of his soldiers That, of course, needed taxes, which contributes to the economic collapse in progress Meanwhile there are continual wars on the borders, and threats of civil war at home The Senate disapproves of the Thracian, and in North Africa the two Gordians are made Augusti The major problem for the Gordians is they have n [...]


  4. ReviewBlood and Steel is a direct continuation of book 1 Iron and Rust, and like its predecessor it s a cracking read Harry Sidebottom is at his core an educator but having met the man a few times he is also a bit of an entertainer In his books he teaches every reader something new, not surprising really for a man who lectures at Oxford The surprising thing is the gripping and engaging way he tells the tale, his passion for the subject bleeding into every chapter As ever his chosen period is rid [...]


  5. Gritty, intense and bloody recreation of the martial and political events of one month in AD 238 when rival emperors took on Maximinus and divided the empire in civil war.


  6. Plot 10 tightly focused and clear narrative Characters 9 generally unlikable but memorable Accuracy 10 thoroughly researched and reliable This book seems to have solved the problems plaguing the last one There is a lot action we re seeing an actual revolt instead of merely the suppression of ones and it all forms a coherent narrative over the course of about three weeks Even though we actually hear from POV characters thirteen this time, three than last they are all responding to the same or [...]


  7. Wow finds four other books with this title Sidebottom returns to his engaging form with this second in the series The first book in this series was too scattered too many characters, too many subplots This book suffers from that also, but less so The emperor is fighting the northern barbarians, the Gordians have revolted in Africa, the Persians are overrunning the east, and the Roman Senators are trying to figure out how to have a successful revolution without getting their hands dirty or their [...]


  8. Part 2 in this historical fiction series based in the murky world of the anarchy of 3rd century imperial rome.Maximus Thrax faces the revolt and advances against his challengers with fury in his heart and vengeance on his mind


  9. I really wanted to like this, but there was way too much exposition and explanation The author obviously knows his stuff, but there was simply not enough action for my taste.


  10. fast moving but less enthralling than Iron and Rust as the action is compressed in time and there is some middle volume feel here


  11. If you liked Volume One this is of the same Part historical novel, part political thriller and part Mafia saga this is Roman history red in tooth and claw Recommended.


  12. Well, it s an improvement over previous one in that characters are, by now, familair, as are their connections and motivations Book still jumps between various places border, Rome, North Africa, Mesopotamia, northern Italy but by now you know who is who in those places.The book is also quickly picking up the pace, seeing how entire book covers span of few months.Overall I m not terribly impressed by the series It s not that it s not well written, it s jsut that it s not up to Warrior of Rome st [...]


  13. Having read this straight after Throne of the Caesars 1, it was easy to get absorbed all over again Certainly, one of the periods in history I would not choose to go to if a time machine was available Such a dangerous time for notables and plebs alike Fast moving but perhaps a tad less satisfying than the first one And the ending Definitely recommended to the normal crew.



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