The Road to Rome: The Forgotten Legion Chronicles, Volume 3 Paperback – Jan 31 2011
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BEN KANE was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin, but after that he travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. He now lives in North Somerset with his wife and family.See all Product Description
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The twins Fabiola and Romulus are children of a slave woman who was raped by high ranking Roman citizen. The twins never know who their father is but hold a deep anger and hatred towards him for the pain inflicted on their mother. They're exceptionally good looking and strong willed - traits that serve them well and bring them considerable pain. As slaves, their owner raises them and disposes of them in the most profitable way possible: Romulus is sold to a ludus and is forced into the life of a gladiator. Fabiola is sold to a brothel.
Romulus is quick, smart, and strong. He finds a good friend in the ludus and when fate forces them to run away, they escape together and join the Roman legion. Though they face death on the battlefield, their greatest danger comes from their past. An escaped slave faces death by crucifixion. Romulus does well on the battlefield, he takes to strategy and leadership quickly. While he proves his strengths, his past still serves as his greatest weakness.
Fabiola learns quickly the rules of the brothel. Her owner and the patrons hold her life in their hands, but it's the jealous competitors that pose the greatest threat. As Fabiola uses her beauty and cunning to win over powerful lovers, she is ruthless in her ambitions. Life in the brothel is as deadly as the battlefield and Fabiola is willing to attack first. Her experiences leave deep scars. Only the dream of revenge and of reuniting with her brother keep Fabiola intact.
This third book in the Forgotten Legion series covers Fabiola's deep hatred of Julius Caesar and her conviction that he is their natural father. Fabiola is driven by the desire for revenge. She makes alliances and takes on "clients" towards this end. Even Romulus and her lover Brutus are unable to dissuade her from her goal. Fabiola works to kill Julius Caesar while Romulus is committed to defending him. Rome, Caesar and the twins speed towards tragedy.
In The Road to Rome, Ben Kane combines considerable detail on Roman life with a deep and fascinating drama. As Romulus becomes more of a traditional hero, Fabiola is a much darker and less sympathetic character in this third novel. Romulus's bravery and loyalty are finally recognized and he's given the chance to shine. As Romulus becomes a Roman citizen and declares his deepest allegiance to Rome and her ideals. Fabiola remains focused on her family's tragedy and her need for revenge - at the cost of the people that she loves. Overall, The Road To Rome is another satisfying addition to Ben Kane's Lost Legion series. I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and adventure.
ISBN-10: 0312536739 - Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011), 528 pages.
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As Ben Kane's trilogy gets to its final instalment, we find how the lives of Romulas and his twin sister Fabiola are linked to that of Caesar and how they have very different views of the dictator of Rome. This book is a stronger blend of battle action and politics than the previous books as we near the Ides of March and we see the triumph and dictatorship of Caesar from the perspective of our twins.
It's been a satisfying journey for us readers as we see the trilogy come together but aligned with a perspective on one of the most turbulent times to impact Rome, the civil war and the ascendancy of Caesar to dictatorship. This is deeply researched and brings alive the battlefields and politics of ancient Rome while driving an absorbing story.
It has been an engrossing and well written trilogy, allowing the author entry to the historical genre with a unique style and approach rather than just more of the hack and slash stuff that is so easy to find. Very enjoyable indeed.
but hey don't take my word for it, some people probably like the fast pacing read and don't worry too much on detailed part.