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I was expecting more

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-16

What could Dave Duncan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More depth.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's not a bad book as such but not up to the standards I'm used to from Dave Duncan. I listened to all 8 books in the consecutive series "A man of his word" and "A handful of men" basically in a row and loved them. I really like the serie about Nostradamus and await the third book in the serie "Brother Magnus" and remember "The seventh sword" as very good but this I felt I had to force myself through. I figured it might just be slow in building up and I'd get into it but no. I've listened to the two first and might give the third a chance later just because I don't like not having the ending of a story but it's not something I'll read again.

Big time disappointing!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-16

Would you try another book written by Steven Saylor or narrated by James Langton?

Since I've been recommended his serie "Roma sub rosa" from friends whom I usually like the same books as I want to try one of those before giving up on Saylor but if it's anything like "Empire" I'll never try another.

Would you listen to another book narrated by James Langton?

I think so. I have nothing against the narrator but it's hard to be fair when I really disliked the book so. That's why performance got 3 stars and the story 1.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I had high expectations based on recomendations of his "Roma sub rosa" books and since he studied history. I was very disappointed about how this book focuses so much on the sex, gore, madness and humiliation and affirms cliches that are known to be historically inaccurate. I don't expect every detail in an historical fiction book to be right but this was to much. I really tried to listen through and hoped it would be better but realist I was waisting my time.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad Audible has a system for refound wich I will use for the first time now.