The Burning Stone

The Burning Stone

eBook - 2018
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"From the bestselling author of the Dream of Eagles series and The Guardians trilogy comes a tale of revenge, dark secrets, and a mysterious cataclysm that decimated a Roman legion: the story behind the story that began it all. Fleeing the massacre of his entire family save a single uncle, young Roman aristocrat Quintus Varrus arrives in fourth-century London not knowing who is to blame for the murders nor whom he can trust now. He fears for his life, but when he meets a young Irish woman named Lydia Mcuil, their lives quickly become intertwined and her father offers to set the young Roman up as a smith (under an Irish alias) in the town of Colchester while the young lovers get to know each other from a distance. But the assassins haven't forgotten Quintus and a deadly ambush is barely thwarted, bringing the young Roman into friendship with his rescuer, a hardened former military policeman known as Rufus Cato, who has his own score to settle with the powerful man behind the attack. Quintus is introduced to the secrets of a powerful, ancient brotherhood that is trying to halt the rot that is destroying their beloved Empire--secrets that may finally reveal the identity of those who murdered his family, and expose the shocking reason why. Set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil, this prequel to The Skystone, first in the Dream of Eagles series, is richly textured, intricately plotted, and filled with action and adventure: a perfect addition to the works of this master storyteller."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Viking,, 2018
ISBN: 9780143196969
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Characteristics: c

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BPLpicks Apr 06, 2019

A few years ago I was completely taken in by a series of novels by Jack Whyte. I picked them up by chance and simply could not put them down. What a delight it was to read a prequel to the series. The time period, the characters the amount of research that went into these novels. Have you ever wo... Read More »


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BPLpicks Apr 06, 2019

A few years ago I was completely taken in by a series of novels by Jack Whyte. I picked them up by chance and simply could not put them down. What a delight it was to read a prequel to the series. The time period, the characters the amount of research that went into these novels. Have you ever wondered how King Arthur and the Knights of the round table came to be? If you have dive into the year 371 AD all the treachery, betrayal, politics and more is there you won’t be disappointed

alburke47 Oct 13, 2018

Despite being a fan of both historical fiction and fantasy, somehow I’ve made it through my prolific reading “career” without ever having read any Jack Whyte. When this popped up on Netgalley, I didn’t need much persuading to take it on for review. So what is the appeal that has made him such a popular author, and is this a worthy piece of his impressive portfolio?

Well, yes and no.

Whyte is definitely an author at the top of his game. This book is well written, with interesting, fleshed out characters and he appears to have done his homework on the historical period, which is set in roughly 380 AD/CE Britain, still under Roman occupation.

However, I have something of a problem with this one. It’s a prequel, and I haven’t read any of the other books, so it feels like an info dump at times, and at others I feel like it would have made more sense if I had read the books,which is probably true. There is a lot of dialogue in the book. A hell of a lot. It starts nicely with an exciting scene where a robbery is foiled, and sets the scene for the rest of the book.

The main character Quintus Varrus is a good one, the kind of guy most guys would like to be. Despite being born with a leg deformity that denies him entry to the legions, Varrus lets nothing get in his way as he strives to succeed in life. A chance encounter in London sees him meet the love of his life, but also sees him go into hiding in exotic Colchester, where he becomes a smith.

While living undercover, his smarts and drive bring him to the attention of what amounts to a Roman secret military policy, the Mithratic Order, whose purpose is to combat corruption in the legions, and they sign him up. There is way more to the story, so I won’t spoil it for you, but this is the gist.

As I said before, there’s a ton of dialogue, and at times you’ll feel like some of this could be cut out to push the story forward a bit faster. The action scenes are good and seem realistic, and the author brings the world his characters inhabit to life in an impressive fashion.

I found the best bits were whenever Cato was the focus. He’s an ex-soldier and member of the Order, and he has his own agendas, which add a bit of spice to the occasion. Whenever he’s around, expect to clean some fecal matter off your fan.

All told, I liked the book. Despite the amount of “exposition”, the story isn’t necessarily dull, but mostly engaging. I’ll definitely check out more of the author’s books, now that I’ve had a taste, so watch this space (if I ever get through my TBR).

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