Leaders are forged in the fires of war. Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they have conquered it, they must defend it.
A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to protect their home, the British tribes battle each other - and see Maidun as an easy target.
Meanwhile Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited bloodthirsty British druids, and Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.
War is coming. Who will pay its price?
©2015 Angus Watson (P)2015 Hachette Audio
An excellent follow-up to the engaging first book. The characters that you loved (and hated ) are back but this book is far more martial in nature. There are some new players on the scene including the one and only Julius Caesar. The story is full of action , much of it quite gruesome. Great fun but with a powerful ending.
absolutely loved it. characterisation is just fantastic. So refreshing to hear some Scottish and other British accents. as the author states based loosely on real events with a huge chunk of imagination and story telling!
A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
Sorry, I'm normally a little more polite with my review titles but this just is. Having enjoyed the first book I was happy to make a fairly quick return to the series and I doubt it will be that long before I hit the concluding part.
The characters are superb, the battle scenes are genuinely exciting and the story and its intrigues are epic in scale. There is also plenty of Badger-based swearing of course and some goodly humour; I particularly enjoyed the town of Seaview which treats us to a little homage to the creations of Goscinny and Uderzo.
The only reservation that I have is that at the time of writing this review Audible have this series under Historical Fiction. That's not totally unreasonable because as the author points out it is built around real events and an Iron Age world that are supported by the historical evidence. However, there are also strong fantasy elements that can't be ignored and while I loved them someone looking for a genuine historical epic may not be so happy.
For me though I felt that the story just got better and better as it went along and the ending was genuinely spectacular, I really didn't see it coming. You're left with real heart in the mouth action and yes a bit of a lump in the throat too. Sean Barrett is at his best throughout giving the characters instantly identifiable personae.
Very highly recommended!
I loved book one, it was so light-hearted and funny. However, I couldn't stomach all the cruelty and gore of this sequel. Most people seem to disagree with me judging by the reviews, so I just thought I'd warn those who don't like torture and violence...
As with the first book this is an amazing book the characters and humour are great Angus Watson is a creative genius.
Sean Barrett realy brings everything you would want to the characters.
Its a good read, not a great one. I was disappointed and at times it felt like a chore to get thorough. For me the hero of this book is Chamuka, and the most interesting character is Spring, though she is less prominent in this novel. I appreciate the joke when Raglan visits a certain Amorican village and meets the chief,his two top warriors and his druid, but t doesn't really sit right in the the scheme of things. A lot of the freshness, humour and wit of the first book is missing in this on. It feels more forced.
Not as much fun
First, the narrator on this is to be highly praised. Turns out it's not just kids who love it when people 'do the voices'.
The book is a fun adventure story where the writer mixes fact with (intelligent) guess work to create compelling characters that you care about. before listening I was concerned the story would lose momentum, but I had nothing to be worried about!
A compelling sequel. Really enjoyed the journey through Gaul. Laugh out loud moments couple with cringe worthy moments. Looking forward to book three.
"Perfect blend of historical fiction and fantasy"
I have been waiting for book two to come out on Audible because I really enjoyed book one- this book did not disappoint. The same narrator, Sean Barrett, who is such a perfect fit for this setting! I've listened to other narrative books he has done and he is becoming a favorite! There is more magic In book two and carries on with the same core characters. The author adds that the battles and Roman characters appear to be accurate according to Roman history. Gives it a fun imaginative twist to epic fantasy. I Look forward to the audible release of book three!
I just couldn't stop listening to the series, he is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors.
Great story, great characters, great performance. This is a truly great trilogy. Characters are interesting and varied. Great historical storyline. Awesome performance.
"Great Big Badger's Balls!"
I just love Dug's badger expletives!
This second installment of Angus Watson's Age of Iron trilogy picks up shortly where the first, "Age of Iron," left off. Our heroes' (and anti-heroes') lives have undergone quite a change in fortune from when we first met them at the beginning of "Age of Iron," yet danger and conflict loom as Caesar and his unbeatable Roman army get nearer and nearer, while the tribes of Britain and Eriu scheme, plot and battle among themselves to conquer Lowa's Maidun. Lowa, Dug and Spring endeavor to unite the tribes of Britain and train Maidun's warriors for coordinated battle plans to prepare for Rome's invasion, while Atlas, Carden and Chamanca do their best to hamper Caesar's advance on the continent, and Ragnol finds himself traveling with Caesar and sometimes acting as Caesar's envoy (which lands him in some precarious situations in encounters with fascinating rulers).
The further development of the characters of Atlas, Carden, and especially the blood thirsty (literally) Chamanca, is very well done, taking characters that where minor antagonists (though formidable foes) in the first novel and making them primary characters and excellent assets for Lowa.
Watson has taken the blank slate that is the history of the Iron Age in Britain, and invented a most interesting history to fill in that blank. Epic battles, magic at the right moments, very interesting characters, some surprise creatures, and women who are decidedly NOT wimps...
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