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Summary

The emperor is dead. Long live the Empire.

General Bordan has a lifetime of duty and sacrifice behind him in the service of the Empire. But with rebellion brewing in the countryside, and assassins, thieves and politicians vying for power in the city, it is all Bordan can do to protect the heir to the throne.

Apprentice magician Kyron is assigned to the late emperor's honour guard escorting his body on the long road back to the capital. Mistrusted and feared by his own people, even a magician's power may fail when enemies emerge from the forests, for whoever is in control of the emperor's body controls the succession.

Seven lives and seven deaths to seal the fate of the Empire.

©2021 G. R. Matthews (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

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The start of a new saga?

What’s not to like… magic, war and good characters. If you remotely like Game of Thrones then this should be on your list of books to own!
Have struggled to out this book down, 100% engaging and a definite page turner.

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  • 12-07-21

Very good except for a few caveats

I really enjoyed most of this book. Although it is set in a fictional world, it is very clearly based off of Rome and the Gaelic wars, and the author does a great job with the stand-in Romans. The first 3/4ths of the book were reminiscent of the opening scenes in Gladiator and make the book worth reading in my opinion.

However, while the empires legions are depicted well, there are a lot of noble savage and evil church tropes that are pretty annoying. The tribes are depicted as having a basically peaceful and utopian philosophy that seems to draw a lot from star wars. This was emphasized because the narrator sounds quite a bit like Obi-Wan Kenobi when voicing a few of the characters. Also, while most of the book is good, the ending feels pretty rushed.

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  • Patrick Iseli
  • 07-07-21

Not bad, but one dimensional characters.

I liked the audio book version and I finished it. But it's not one of the greats. Especially the villains are done poorly.