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The Forgotten Legion

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The Forgotten Legion

    This is an interesting story that involves a multitude of colorful characters that become likable but at the same time- I just am not feeling for them. I'm caring about them as I should and everyone seems close to being 2 dimensional.
    Perhaps it is because the story focuses on practically 4 different character's view points.

    A thing that I appreciated was that Ben Kane definitely did his research for this book and it really shows- authenticty is awesome!
    But at the same time the one thing that bothered me and made this book just okay for me was his style of writing. Most people seem to enjoy it but for the most part, a large amount of the story is basically definitions and descriptions of things the author assumes we do not know. Even if that is the case, I found this distracting and pulling away from the story at times and it made the feel of the whole story seem like something that should be like narration on the History Channel. But Kane still manages to keep the reader captivated with the events and action that happens within the story, even if the dialogue at times can be a tad cheesy.

    As for the story- it was intriguing and I enjoyed the variety of what happens. Especially knowing the of life within a high class brothel through the eyes of Fabiola- that is a path that isn't normally taken through Ancient Rome fiction and it was fascinating. You basically get a taste of different oppressed worlds and it is interesting- you have a slave sold into prostitution, a Gaul who becomes a slave after his entire clan was killed, an Etruscan- a race of people dying out, whose ancestors were taken over by the Romans and a young slave who is sold to be a gladiator and die.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book and am planning to read the sequel to find out what happens to our heroes :)

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