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[Heather Domin] Æ The Soldier of Raetia (Valerian's Legion, #1) [wonder-woman PDF] Ebook Epub Download Ö I think there s beauty in not knowing how things will end If we knew our fate, we might try to change it.
Thank you, Martin, for bringing this jewel of a book to my notice Can t wait to read the sequel You all know that I love historical fiction and I read a ton of it I was very excited about this book as I ve read very little historical fiction about Rome even with all of the HF that I read I was most definitely not disappointed This is a well researched story about the everyday lives of Roman soldiers I d like to point out that I really, really enjoyed the historical note at the end of the book that discussed what the author made up and what research went into the book I think that in historical fiction books, it s definitely interesting to see what the sources the author looked at while writing the book I think that it really helps put things into context I really liked how vivid the writing was You really feel like you re witnessing the things that the charac I finished this book in two days Am I overly fond of historical fiction no Do I pine for Roman tales not really Am I keen on war stories not exactly Do I appreciate well written, unconventional love stories You bet But that doesn t begin to say why I couldn t tear myself away from The Soldier of Raetia Heather Domin sets a reader right in a Roman landscape, the smells, sounds and sights fleshed out as if I was reading in the houses, at the campsites, on the battlefields What Domin does for vistas is expounded further in her plot and characters not a single voice rang untrue and I had to know how the novel ended I read a sample via Smashwords, then ordered the print version I was not disappointed in the remainder of the story, nor t
I was always a big fan of Roman history, especially the Roman army and how they managed to build such an empire and especially how to maintain it.
So I read quite a few books about Rome and I didn t need a lot of convincing when this book popped up on Martin s reading list, to follow suitAnd I can definitely say I did not regret it.
The writing and the story reminded me of those beautiful Paul Waters books, who describes Roman everyday life including gay love interests like nobody else well maybe now like Heather Domin Add to that a beautiful and very slow burning attraction between Dardanus a young inexperienced soldier and Valerius a famous general of a Roman legion and you get a great story with a historic background and a nice love interest.
However, do not expect a fluffy gay romance, be prepared for a realistic This was basically a Bildungsroman The strong points were sympathetic characters and excellent character development A young man, Dardanus, enlists in the Roman Army, 10BC, and is posted to Raetia parts of modern day Germany Liechtenstein Switzerland Austria We are given a detailed depiction of his basic training , of members of his contubernium i.
, tentmates messmates and General The equivalent term probably would have been Legate Valerian of the Legion, his sponsor and mentor Dardanus bonds with them all, including a deeper bond with the General There are vivid battle scenes, heroism, and treachery Some parts of the story are poignant Though simple, the language seemed very modern, but there was no swearing a good thing, in my view In the author s historical note, she gave a skeleton history of that historical period She separated fa
5 Nearly everything about this book is nearly perfect unobtrusive exposition, evocative descriptions of people and places, careful and sparing touches of research, vivid characters, high stakes and the maddeningly slow burn of the relationship between the protags And now I feel like I ve sucked the life out of it with this review, but it is very much alive, very vibrant and moving This first book promises an awesome series And it s 3, guys.
If you ve ever looked for reading material and thought, I want something like the Eagle of the Ninth, but actually gay , I have a recommendation for you.
Rome, BC Manilus Dardanus, A New Soldier From The Provinces, Applies For A Military Sponsorship With Cassius Valerian, The General Of A Small Legion Patrolling The Northern Frontier Idealistic And Naive, Dardanus Has A Lot To Learn About The Life He Has Chosen, And At First The Brusque And Reticent General Seems The Least Willing Candidate To Teach Him But Gradually A Bond Begins To Form Between This Unlikely Pair, One That Neither Could Ever Have ImaginedOver The Course Of A Blood Soaked Summer In The Wild, As Dardanus Struggles With Coming Of Age And Valerian Wrestles The Ghosts Of His Past, Battles And Betrayals On Every Side Threaten To End That Fragile Bond And Possibly Their Lives Well researched, but there s a bit too much of telling instead of showing, and it takes a while to get going The relationship between Dardanus and Valerian his sponsor legatus is very slow burn, which I enjoyed Overall, while The Soldier of Raetia isn t as great as I expected, it s an enjoyable coming of age story.
Have you ever read a book which you kept coming back to no matter how many books you have read after, and wanted to read and reread and savor every word and reread again Have you ever read a book where you wonder how the writer could transport you to another time so flawlessly and make you want to get to know the characters in person because they felt so amazingly real I am sure we all have such books which we can gush about endlessly, and this is one of those books for me.
This is a historical fiction novel with the touch of m m romance of the kind which I personally do not see nearly enough in the genre, and of the kind which I crave the most I have read historicals which, as far as I am concerned, really should not classify as such since the settings were badly researched and or the characters were contemporary minded jus