[Read Epub] ♧ Britannia,Part 1: The Wall (Britannia, #1) ⚕ Opel-rallye.de

Obviously well researched and ambitious However too many characters for me leaves this lacking a narrative central point There is a massive assumption that a reader knows where all the places are mentioned in the book I live near the Roman Wall and I knew some makes it hard to visualise where things are happening. This is the first of a trilogy of novels set in late Roman Britain, spanning the 4th century Barbarian conspiracy to the withdrawal of the legions from Britain in the early part of the 5th century The novel s centre around four relatively lowly roman soldiers who, by accident, survive the overrunning of the wall in 367 and find themselves heroes They subsequently become involved in the various military and political events that follow the barbarian conspiracy One aspect of the plot which I found unlikely was their rapid rise through the ranks, but I was able to suspend disbelief because the story was such a page turner I came to love the four main characters, who were all different, although I found Leocadius a bit of a struggle to get to know It would have helped, I believe, if the reader had been given a bit of background on the characters prior to the events at the beginning, possibly through flashback, to discover where they d come from Other reviewers have commented on the manipulation of history with the inclusion of Magnus Maximus in this period, but he was such a compelling character that it felt justified This is a novel, after all, and not a historical treatise I particularly liked the involvement of one of the main characters, Paternus, with the Votadini tribe, thus neatly explaining the appearance of a certain Padarn Pesrut red cloak in the later Gododdin genealogies I m giving this five stars although if there had been the option to give it 4.5 then that s how I would have ranked it since a few things detracted Some details of the plot I found unlikely such as Leocadius knifing a fellow soldier in front of witnesses with no consequences Also, I was found the shifting of point of view, sometimes within the same paragraph, to be slightly distracting There was no map in the kindle version I read, or a glossary, which would have been useful since I m not familiar with the structure of the roman army in the 4th century and found the terms such as semisallis , circitor and praeses confusing The author uses some modern expressions in the various characters speech, but on the whole the dialogue was convincing It s a measure of how I enjoyed this book that as soon as I finished it I immediately bought the follow up novel, Britannia The Watchmen, to find out what happened next. [Read Epub] ☥ Britannia,Part 1: The Wall (Britannia, #1) ☧ ROMAN BRITAIN STOOD ON THE BRINK OF CHAOS The Story Opens In AD Four Soldiers Justinus, Paternus, Leocadius And Vitalis Are Out Hunting For Food Supplies At An Outpost Of Hadrian S Wall, When The Wall Comes Under Attack The Four Find Their Fort Destroyed, Their Comrades Killed, And Paternus Is Unable To Find His Wife And Son As They Run South To Eboracum, They Realize That This Is No Ordinary Border Raid Ranged Against The Romans At The Edge Of The World Are Four Different Peoples, And They Have Banded Together Under A Mysterious Leader Who Wears A Silver Mask And Uses The Name Valentinus Man Of Valentia, The Turbulent Area North Of The Wall Faced With Questions They Are Hard Pressed To Answer, Leocadius Blurts Out A Story That Makes The Men Heroes Of The Wall Their Lives Change Not Only When Valentinus Begins His Lethal Sweep Across Britannia But As Soon As Leo S Lie Is Out In The World, Growing And Changing As It Goes WILL THE WALL BE REBUILT AND THE POWER OF ROME RE ESTABLISHED AND WILL OUR FOUR HEROES REACH THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY AD Is One Of The Critical Dates In British History, But The Year Means Little To Most People Now, And It Is Only Rarely Mentioned In Historical Books Britannia Part I The Wall Introduces The Reader To This Tumultuous Age, As We Share The Adventure, Confusion And Bewilderment Of Our Heroes Four Common Soldiers Stationed At Hadrian S Wall We Find Them Caught Up In The Madness Of A Chain Of Events Which Will Eventually Lead To The Fall Of Roman Britain, And The Descent Into The Dark Ages Outstanding Denham has done his research and produced a novel worthy of the Roman soldiers who are its main characters This is no common work of fiction, relying on a sensational narrative of bloody battles and lustful orgies Instead it is filled with well developed characters who are all too human, with all their strengths and weaknesses Based on the true events of Rome s struggle to retain its rule over Britain as the Empire itself was starting to crack, it engrosses, educates, and entertains I look forward to reading the next volume in the series and to re reading this one and savoring at my leisure. Historic battlesGood narative using the 4 central figures to follow the course of the british barbarian uprising Good twist revealing the baddie Good reading.The last time I rated anywhere called the wall was last century and by Pink Floyd. ExcellentWonderful look into the years before Arthur Very detailed with interesting plot turns Fell in love with The Wall boys. Four Roman soldiers find themselves reluctant heroes after surviving a Pictish attack on Hadrian s Wall The tumultuous events of the Barbarian Conspiracy of 367 8 in which Britain faced a coordinated attack from Picts, Saxons, Scotti and Attacotti is very well told in this first installment of a trilogy that covers Rome s final years of control over the struggling island of Britannia The four protagonists deal with their newfound fame differently as they follow their respective paths their shared trauma sets them on Late Roman Britain is evocatively presented and the story has plenty of action and intrigue making it a great read. Britannia Part 1 The Wall is a work of fiction set in a historical backdrop of occupied Britain in the Roman era Hadrian s wall has been built and it is up to the VI Vitrix to defend the wall against the Barbarians from the North.The book opens and introduces us to four leading characters, soldiers of the VI, who are out hunting Leocadius is just 19, Vitalis 18, they are out with Justinus aged around 30 years and Paternus who is a family man of just a little older They ve been hunting for two days and are returning home when smoke and scavenger birds alert them to trouble They find the fort of Banna has been attacked and no one is left, Paternus fears for his family Rushing to the next stronghold along the wall the soldiers finds this one has been savagely attacked as well, and it s not just one, the wall has been lost They suspect the Picts, Saxons and Attacotti Heading for the larger Roman town of Eboracum York The four soldiers come across an Arcani, a wise man of Britain, a man of the land called Dumno, also a paid Roman informer They Learn of a mysterious Hero of the Barbarians called Valentinus, who controls these Barbarian armies and wants to rid the land of the Romans.These four soldiers become heroes of the Wall, rumours spread of brave deeds and the Roman leaders use the men to drum up positive response to the attacks from Valentinus Attacks that pour fear into an Army which once had a fearsome reputation and now looks like it might be defeated But who is the man behind the silver mask The biggest fear is the unknown.All over Britain talk of Valentinus spreads as Roman Britain itself moves forward In Londinium Leocadius and Vitalis both find themselves in positions unthought of because of their Wall hero status We see a City with different religions that people follow out of belief and fashion This book drops you right into Roman life in Britain, with the harshness of living in the wilds of the North, to military life and civilian lifestyles It s all about survival, unless you are an army man and then it s all about Rome A good historical book. This was an enjoyable read The story of four young soldiers on Hadrian s Wall, following their fortunes and adventures After the wild men of the north unite and destroy the Romans along the Wall and terrorize the south, these men, the only survivors, are acclaimed heroes It s all based on a lie, but they are caught up in it and swept along by events that follow As the war continues each one finds a different and undreamed of path to take Plenty of intrigue and sword play I would recommend this to any Roman fan or sword fantasy lover.