Over two thousand years ago, in a vanished world in which gallant death and honor still holds sway, Gaius Julius Caesar is blitzing through Briton's fierce, blue-painted warlords, exacting a heavy price in exchange for peace. News from Rome and word of rebellion in war-ravaged Gaul cut short Caesar's invasion of Briton, leaving him little choice but to return to the mainland. Leaving for Gaul, Caesar entrusts a depleted legion to Cussius Caesar, and senior centurion, Marcus Rulus. With orders to further explore Briton and return to Gaul with the tribute, Marcus and Cussius find themselves in a remarkable quest to carve a future out of the land. "A Roman Peace in Briton" follows the lives of those left behind whose fates become bound to the people of the fabled, fog-bound lands of ancient Briton. Filled with dramatic scenes and abounding in fictional and historical personalities, "A Roman Peace in Briton" hooks with passionate storytelling and engulfs the reader in events of historical legend.
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Author Joe Tackett’s Romans bring their own brand of peace to Britain’s shores, fuelled by well-armed warriors, tried and tested strategies, and the richness and power to influence local politics. When the needs of other wars draw the famous Caesar away, a minor relative holds the fort, and so begins this novel. Being English, I wondered why the author used “Briton” in his title rather than “Britain,” but there’s a human peace being sought and forged in the hearts of Britons in this tale; the author creates their society, politics, war and religion very convincingly, making this truly a novel of Romans and Britons. Joe Tackett’s Britons have left the primitive world far behind. Their women know the power of quiet leadership. Their young men vie for attention. The Druid watches while kings plot and pay. And a Gallic slave, perhaps the true hero of this many-charactered tale, seeks his place among compatriot and conqueror. Food, clothing and furnishings are carefully described, as are the thoughts and frustrations of characters. Dialog is a nice mix of casual and officious. Scenery is convincingly portrayed with fogs of rain and war. And battles are appropriately graphic. The novel itself is a rather slow read, fascinating in detail, occasionally frustrating in sentence structure, and well-served by a great list of characters and relationships in the opening pages. Peace offered in the final scene takes time and the series will doubtless continue—I’ll just mourn the loss of a character I cared for and hope my other favorites survive. Disclosure: I won a copy of this novel from the Intoxicated by Books blog and promised to read and review it.