A Dragon among the Eagles: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Eagles and Dragons Book 0) Book Review
Amazon describes the book:
At the peak of Rome’s might a dragon is born among eagles, an heir to a line both blessed and cursed by the Gods for ages.
In A.D. 197, Emperor Septimius Severus led one of the largest invasion forces in Rome’s history against the Parthian Empire.
Among the men of thirty-three legions is Lucius Metellus Anguis, a young man from an ancient Equestrian family. Against the wishes of his conservative father, Lucius is determined to pursue a career in the military and resurrect the glory of his family name on the battlefield rather than the marble of the Senate.
However, as in all conflicts, Lucius’ ideals and his faith are challenged as he witnesses the worst in humanity.
As the imperial legions fight their way through Mesopotamia to the Parthian capital of Ctesiphon, Lucius discovers the inner strength that may well ensure that this young dragon rises from the ranks of Rome’s eagles.
Can a man survive the trials of war unscathed? Do the Gods indeed favour the bold?
March to war with Rome’s legions and find out!
A Dragon among the Eagles is the first novel in Adam Alexander Haviaras’ ground-breaking Eagles and Dragons historical fantasy series. If you like books by Douglas Jackson, Manda Scott, and David Gemmell, or movies like Gladiator and Pompeii, then you will love this historical series that combines adventure, romance, and the supernatural.
My Own Thoughts On This Book:
This book and subsequent series features Lucius, a young Roman from a high class family who also has a foster brother who both decide to join the army as a foot soldier. Lucius is in direct conflict with his senator father over his decision but believes he is driven by the gods to do so.
The story commences with training of both the brothers in the army of Rome before the fighting campaign against the Parthians.
We discover his family history and relationships which will shape his future and that of the other family members.
This book is written by a historian and dwells on historical detail which for me was an interest and pleasure but for some critics this will have been too long and detailed.
I enjoyed the story but was not immediately grabbed to buy the next in the series. However after reading catch 22 (see my review here) I was looking for another novel and came across the second book in this series Children Of Apollo and downloaded it to give it a try. I was glad I did.
About The Author:
Adam Alexander Haviaras is a writer, blogger and historian. He is the author of the Eagles and Dragons historical fantasy series, The Carpathian Interlude historical horror series, and a new novel set during the ancient Olympics, Heart of Fire.
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