This is my review of the book the Last Legion by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, which I read recently.
This was read largely by candle light in a house with no power or heat, was very suitable as the book has a sizeable part of it allocated to a description of a long journey across the Alps in the winter, with lots of snow and ice. The wind, snow and ice out side all made the text come to life, but I am jumping the gun a little.
The story is set during the final end of the Roman empire in the mid 400's AD and is all about the adventures of the last Roman Emperor Romulus Augustus and his tutor Meridus Ambrosinus. He is protected by a ragamuffin collection heros Rufius Aelius Vatrenus, veteran of countless battles,Cornelius Batiatus – a gigantic Ethopian of incredible strength, and Lvia Prisca, a formidable warrioress. Their commander is Aurelius and together they make up the last legion, whose task is to protect the last Emperor.
To escape from all their enemies, who either want to kidnap the Emperor, or kill him, they have to go on a dramatic journey from Capri to Britain, via large parts of Europe. This includes crossing the Alps during the winter in the snow and a barge trip down the Rhine.
There is a lovely twist at the end, which makes the whole exciting book even more genius. A book I can well recommend, and it doesn't have to be read by candle light to enjoy it but that does help.
An enjoyable read as book 10 week 8 – fiction 9 (1 on audio) non fiction 1
10/10/2013 05:17:35 pm
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