Reviewed by Caleb Shadis
The Sacrovir Revolt is the second book in the Artorian Chronicles and I have to say it’s just as good as the first one! Artorius has continued to work with Vitruvius on his weapons training and has become a legend in his own right. Before too long there are rumblings of a revolt blossoming in Gaul. Artorius’ unit is sent to make sure the minor revolt does not become a major one.
When they get to Gaul they discover the man planning on helping them out is Sacrovir. Sacrovir is the gladiator owner who was humiliated and lost lots of money when Vitruvius killed his gladiator in the ring back in Rome. This causes a few warning flags to go off among the officers and they feel that all might not be as it seems.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Sacrovir Revolt. It’s not very difficult to read and the author did an excellent job researching the time period. At times the story is a little brutal but the worst things are only alluded to but rarely witnessed by any of the characters first hand. Once again, worrying about the set of heroes was unnecessary since them making it through the book was a given.
Mace usually has a second story going at the same time, such as the one involving Artorius. It tends to show whats going on back in Rome with the rulers, in this case Tiberius. I think part of the reason for this technique is that Mace has done so much research he doesn’t want it to go to waste. I enjoyed the asides and felt it added to the book, but it was only tangentially related to the main story arc. The Sacrovir Revolt is a great book for those interested in the Roman army or even in Rome in general.
Check out our review of the first book in the Artorian Chronicles, The Legionary
Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
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