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Ben Kane

Author of The Forgotten Legion

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Works by Ben Kane

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The Sea-Hawk (1915) — Introduction, some editions — 634 copies
A Year of Ravens (2015) — Introduction — 58 copies
Songs of Blood and Gold — Contributor — 3 copies


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2nd volume in the author's 2nd Punic war trilogy. Very readable. Excellent description of the Battle of Cannae. Can be read as a standalone. Story told by three points of view: Hanno, a Carthaginian, Quintus and Aurelia, Roman brother and sister. Aurelia was annoying, a typical adolescent.
janerawoof | 2 other reviews | Mar 28, 2024 |
Ooooh! This book was such a treat! I just loved, loved, loved it! With an anthology with different authors (most of whom I haven't read before), it can be a mystery whether every story is quality and the work as a whole is cohesive. However, I was pleasantly surprised, and I have some new authors that I MUST check out.

My favorite stories were the heiress by Sophie Perinot, the senator by Kate Quinn, and the ex-soldier by Ben Kane. These stories were so poignant to me. I've read everything by Quinn and just love her. I was surprised to see familiar characters in her story, but I got to see a side of them I haven't before. It was like meeting new friends. These characters transformed as the catastrophe stripped them down to their core values, and I loved watching these people dig deep to find what was most important to them.

Middle of the road stories included the youth at the beginning and the priestess and whore at the end. There was some growth for these characters, but I don't feel like the authors had enough time to develop them. They felt pretty two dimensional, and they didn't grow quite as much as the characters in my favorite stories. It felt more like the authors were trying to tell me they grew rather than the characters showing me that.

My least favorite story was the mother by E. Knight. Let me preface by saying I still enjoyed this story. It's sad and futile, these characters, but it didn't pull me in quite like the others. Mostly, I was frustrated with the narrators, as they dealt with the fact that they'd failed as caretakers. It's a hard perspective to write, and it showed.

Overall, fantastic collection! Can't wait to read the other two books in the series!
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readerbug2 | 9 other reviews | Nov 16, 2023 |
After concluding peace with Saladin, Richard endeavours to return to England but he is captured by his Teutonic enemies. Held to ransom, England must raise huge amounts of silver before Richard's enemy Philippe Capet can persuade the Holy Roman Emperor to let him have the prisoner. By Richard's side is his loyal friend Rufus who is sent to Normandy to try to prevent Philippe and Richard's brother John destroying Richard's holding there.
This is the third part of a trilogy and is a great conclusion. There is more politicking and slightly less violence than previous books however the pace is excellent. I admire Kane's research in the field, it is accurate and directs the narrative well.… (more)
pluckedhighbrow | Dec 19, 2022 |
Enjoyable read. Good action scenes and interesting characters. Good start to a series.
MJWebb | 20 other reviews | Sep 22, 2022 |



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