Book Review - Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt by James Mace

I love finding new historical series to follow and since I read James Mace's last book in the series (you can read the review here), getting to read the next book in the series is a bonus!  James Mace introduced us to a little bit of what we'd find in yesterday's guest post, and now his virtual tour continues here at Acting Balanced with my review of Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt:

From the Publisher: 

A Shadow Rising
It has been three years since the wars against Arminius and the Cherusci. Gaius Silius, Legate of the Twentieth Legion, is concerned that the barbarians-though shattered by the war-may be stirring once again. He also seeks to confirm the rumors regarding Arminius’ death. What Silius does not realize is that there is a new threat to the Empire, but it does not come from beyond the frontier; it is coming from within the Empire’s borders in Gaul.
Legionary Artorius has greatly matured during his five years in the legions. He has become stronger in mind; his body growing even more powerful. Like the rest of the Legion, he is unaware of the shadow growing well within the Empire’s borders, where a disaffected nobleman is stirring rebellion to betray the Emperor Tiberius. A shadow looms; one that looks to envelope the province of Gaul as well as the Rhine legions. The year is 20 A.D.

My review: 

Once again, I find that James Mace has produced a well researched and well written book that takes you away from the 'central' characters in Rome and opens up a whole world of what it might well have been like living as a Legionary soldier.  

For me, this book was an easier read then the first - perhaps because it wasn't as focused on big battle scenes and lent itself more to some introspection and a chance to see more of the humanity in the characters.

I really love that this series of books is based on actual events and transports you back to 20 A.D. so that you feel like you really are there!  If you are a fan of Rome and military history than you need to check out Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt!

About the author:

Since I can remember I have always had a passion for history. My love of Roman history started when I first watched the series “I, Claudius”. I then proceeded to read every Roman book I could get my hands on.
I got my start writing bodybuilding and physical fitness articles, as well as a lesser-know magazine, HardCore Muscle. I turned to writing historical novels when I was in Iraq. My intent was to write the stories that I wanted to read, but could not find. While we may hear stories about the Emperors and Generals of antiquity, we almost never hear the stories of the men who did the actual fighting under them. Sadly, most historical data is lost, the individual soldiers being long since forgotten by history. My attempt with The Artorian Chronicles is to tell the story of a common legionary and what could have happened throughout his career.
More recently I have turned to other periods in history and have started work on a pair of historical novels about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. The working title for the first book is “Brutal Valour”. I’m tentatively planning for it to be released sometime in 2012, along with the fifth book in The Artorian Chronicles, “Soldier of Rome: Judea”.
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Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost to me for the purpose of my review.  All opinions are my own.