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The Legions of Fire

Ty of Carce the center of civilization Through magical voyages in other realities where fantastic creatures and even gods help or hinder them each of them must succeed or not just the city but the world will end in fire The Legions of Fire is the first of a fantasy uartet set in the world of the city of Carce This is a David Drake book Which I realize is not a surprise it says so right on the cover What I mean is that it s very much like every other David Drake book to the point where you ll get feelings of deja vu reading it Particularly if you ve read The Isles series If you like Drake s stuff you ll like this one and its seuels If you don t this won t change your mind

Summary The Legions of Fire

N a gateway for supernatural creatures that will allow them to devastate the whole Earth and destroy all life Not knowing the cause two young men Corylus and Varus and two women Hedia and Alphena each separately pursue the answer to mysterious and threatening happenings that prefigure disaster in the great ci Pros great characters excellent world building interesting plot Cons a few distracting word choicesThe magician Nemastes takes advantage of the superstitious senator Saxa and casts a spell in the man s house That spell interrupts the poetry reading of Saxa s son Gaius Varus and turns the young man into an unwitting pawn of Nemastes s enemies Also pulled into the spell s influence are Varus s sister Alphena who practices swordplay even though it s not a womanly art his new young stepmother Hedia and his best friend Publius Corylus who grew up on the border of the barbarian frontiers of Germania The four players are pulled into other worlds worlds in which creatures of myth are real and where a group of evil men are planning the destruction of the worldThe author begins the book with a forward explaining that while the book is based on the history of ancient Rome called Carce in the book to help keep the distinction it is not historical fiction He also points out that all of the gods and mythological creatures he references are things people in the past believed inIt was really cool reading a book that referenced a lot of old mythology as if it were real There were some expected creatures and a lot of unexpected ones as well And while the main setting is Carce Egyptian Norse and other belief systems make appearancesThe four principle characters are well fleshed out as are a few side characters I really enjoyed the developing relationship between Alphena and her close in age stepmother the mix of anger Alphena feels towards the woman as well as her grudging respect Hedia meanwhile is a surprising woman on her second marriage with few illusions about the world She enjoys sex and knows how to use her looks to advantage She s also uite intelligent with regards to the danger posed by Nemastes and honestly wants what s best for her new stepchildren I felt kind of sorry for Varus who wants to do great things but just doesn t have the necessary abilities I was impressed by his actions in the climax Corylus has a grab bag of skills that come in handy during the trials he faces He doesn t grow as much as a character as the others but he s a fascinating character to read aboutThe plot takes a while to get going but the characters are so interesting I didn t mind And when it does pick up things go uicklyA few word choices irritated me specifically the use of knight for a position in the Carcian army instead of the Roman title and hell referencing to the Christian version of the afterlife which didn t exist as we think of it at the time rather than the termsmeanings people back then would have used for the afterlife But those are pretty minor complaints and didn t detract from my enjoyment of the bookThis is the first of a four book series but though there s a teaser for book 2 in the epilogue all of the plot points are resolved and it can be read as a standalone novelIf you like mythology and Roman fiction give this a go

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From the Bestselling author of the Lord of the Isles In this novel of magical menace to the survival of all humanity David Drake introduces a new fantasy world Carce based on Europe during the later Roman Empire Far in the north a group of magicians perform a strange dance on a volcanic island intended to ope This one I started and put down many times but after the superb Into the Hinterlands I decided to give it a final spin either read it and go to the next or drop the series the fantasy 30AD Rome of the setting is very intriguing and David Drake is always very dependable to write good historical stuff with no anachronisms especially of the social kind that are so often encounters in modern books about Rome who take our values and mindset thereHis using Carce instead of Rome but keeping everything else historical Gaul Spain Germany names cities to emphasize the book is fantasy worked ok but it was not really necessary the characters are likable and interesting since they all have twists on their archetype the aristocratic but somewhat indolent scion of a high nobility senatorial class house his knightly class the lower nobilityupper middle class but still rich friend his tomboy sister and his young ambitious stepmother plus the supporting cast of assorted veteransmentors philosophers aristocrats wizardsThe magic of the book was very canned and left me cold when the villains try to burn the world with fire and the heroes above had to save it I kind of got bored rather than excited I still enjoyed Legions of fire well enough for the characters and Roman setting that I will try Out of the Waters and i hope that the book will have twists beyond the evil of ages stirring bla bla stuff of the first


About the Author: David Drake

David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre



10 thoughts on “The Legions of Fire

  1. says:

    I have read and liked many of David Drake’s science fiction novels This was the first of his fantasy novels I read and it will however likely be the lastThe first thing that bothered me in the book was the city name Carce IS Rome Calling it by another name was just annoyingThe second thing which bothered me was the excruciatingly slow start to the book I was almost a third of the way through before it beca

  2. says:

    This one I started and put down many times but after the superb Into the Hinterlands I decided to give it a final spin either read it and go to the next or drop the series; the fantasy 30AD Rome of the setting is very intriguing and David Drake is always very dependable to write good historical stuff with no a

  3. says:

    The Legions of Fire is sort of an alternate history fantasy novel that is set in ancient Rome except that magic and all sorts of monsters exist The basic premise of the story is that there is a wizard who is an advisor to a senator in

  4. says:

    OK I need to do a full disclosure before I comment on this book I am a very literal guy I don’t go in for allegories hidd

  5. says:

    Pros great characters excellent world building interesting plot Cons a few distracting word choicesThe magician Nemastes takes advantage of the superstitious senator Saxa and casts a spell in the man’s house That spell interrupts the poetry reading of Saxa’s son Gaius Varus and turns the young man into an unw

  6. says:

    I like the ideas Mr Drake puts forth but the whole thing progresses slowly it feels like a road trip through some lush and vibrant tourist areaat 10mph Nice for a bit then you just wonder if you can speed things up to get to the nex

  7. says:

    The Legions of Fire is Historical Fantasy It takes place in Ancient Rome while Tiberius is emperor only that Rome is called Carce so that Drake doesn't get punched by history nerds maybe Though the history nerds would have just about zero reas

  8. says:

    I had a horrible time paying attention when reading this book There's very little explanation of what is going on and it feels like a continuous string of Deus Ex Machinas The characters are constantly split into

  9. says:

    This is a David Drake book Which I realize is not a surprise it says so right on the cover What I mean is that it's very much like every other David Drake book to the point where you'll get feelings of deja vu reading it Particularly if you've read The Isles series If you like Drake's stuff you'll like this one and its seuels If you don't this won't change your mind

  10. says:

    I wanted explanation about the mystical events and creatures I'm willing to reserve judgment until I've read a little further in the series Perhaps the gaps will fill in

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