By Conn Iggulden
When I picked up the first book in this series of books, I truly expected to be disappointed in it. I’m not much for historic novels and find that most of them that I try to read are dry and take me much longer to read than any other novel.
The books in the emperor series are not dry historic novels. Iggulden’s writing is enthralling. He’s taken a subject like history(granted that it’s one of the most popular roman emperors) and made it worth reading. He’s taken the life of Julius Caesar, about which most of us know a few details, but only historians know all the details and made it interestingly readable.
This, the third book takes up where the first two left Julius. In the newly built Roman cities of Spain. Having successfully conquered and Romanized the Spanish lands and people, Julius returns to Rome a lauded general. His thirst for conquest not quenched he quickly takes his legions north across the Andes and into Gaul.
I won’t spoil any more of the book for you, and what I have only covers the first 50 or so pages. What I will say is that the Emperor series is an excellent read and you really should pick up Gates of Rome, the first one, and give it a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.