Ruth Downie, Persona Non Grata

Ruth Downie, Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata by Ruth Downie Series: Gaius Petreius Ruso, 3 My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the third in the ancient Roman, military-mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Persona Non Grata sets up Ruso’s response to an urgent letter from home. A response that, on the surface, seems disastrous to the financial well-being of Ruso’s family. Arranging leave from the Twentieth Legion, Ruso takes Tilla home to Nemausus in Narbonensis (modern-day Nimes) where he proceeds to stick his foot in it right and left with his ex-wife and ex-father-in-law; his missing brother-in-law; the cousin, the senator; and, his own family who aren’t sure what to make of this barbarian he’s brought home. Ruso has a lot of incentive to solve two murders if he’s going to remain an honorable man in the military and prevent the family homestead from being taken. Poor Ruso, I don’t know what he’d do without Tilla—it’s an interesting partnership as Tilla has no patience with Roman cultural or personal biases—this angel does not fear to tread! A fascinating look at Roman village interactions and family life with all their prejudices in the south of Gaul/France. Curious to see how similar we still are […]

Posted February 26, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Anya Bast, Cruel Enchantment

Anya Bast, Cruel Enchantment

Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast Series: Dark Magick, 3 My rating: 1 of 5 stars Cruel Enchantment is a cruel let down. Most of this series has been bad…god knows why I’ve kept reading it. Hope, I think. I’m giving up after this one. Even her editor has given up. The main storyline is intriguing and the possibilities for Cruel were good—Bast must have been in a real hurry to finish this and her editor was in a coma. It’s a weird blend of fae and modern slang. Please…the fae “tinkle”?? And what’s with, “Wow, what was in that drink? I want the recipe.”?? Aeric has hated Emmaline for centuries and he gives up his revenge so easily? Sure, I get that Aeric is a nice guy but couldn’t Bast have written a little more turmoil into this? He barely gets through one scene before he gives up on his centuries-old desire for revenge against Emmaline for the woman he loved! Then there’s Emmaline. She’s been doing this spy thing for centuries. She’s supposedly so good at it and she misses not supporting part of her strategy against a man she visibly despises for how incredibly evil he is. A […]

Posted February 26, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Eric Flint & David Drake, Destiny’s Shield

Eric Flint & David Drake, Destiny’s Shield

Destiny’s Shield by Eric Flint Series: Belisarius, 3 My rating: 4 of 5 stars The third in the military sci-fi series, Belisarius, Destiny’s Shield takes place several months after the coup attempt in Constantinople has failed and opens with the new, young Emperor receiving the Persian ambassador. Turns out, the Malwa have invaded Persia and the Persians are asking for a Roman alliance. Unfortunately, Egypt’s fomenting unrest and it must be subdued while, in Europe, all the border troops are needed so the Persians will just have to be content with a few thousand troops…and Belisarius. Flint and Drake kept me on the edge of my seat as I raced through. So many times, I had to fight the urge to read the end to be sure my favorites survived. Fascinating to see how Antonina deploys her troops in resolving the rebellion in Egypt and Alexandria—I DO like her! And truly a wonder to observe the interaction between Belisairius and Aide as Belisarius uses the future knowledge of the tactics and weapons of such military leaders as Wellington, Napoleon, Gustav IV Adolphus, etc. View all my reviews

Posted February 24, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 2 Comments

Ruth Downie, Terra Incognita

Ruth Downie, Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie Series: Gaius Petreius Ruso, 2 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Second in the ancient Roman mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Terra Incognita has Medicus Ruso and Tilla marching North with the Twentieth Legion due to unrest on the border. Ruso has volunteered for this mission primarily to give Tilla the chance to reconnect with family—a very disheartening reunion involving betrayal within betrayal and revolutionary plotting. Ruso finds himself under siege on several fronts: a soldier has been ritually murdered; Tilla is not allowed into the fort proper and, left on her own, gets into all sorts of trouble physically and emotionally; he’s under orders to reorganize the post’s frontline infirmary which appears to be under the hand of an insane doctor and an inept pharmacist; and, the head of Tilla’s family is offering her in marriage to Ruso IF he can come up with a dowry. A man with more heart than head, Ruso’s biggest distraction is Tilla: her attraction to an old sweetheart as well as the threat posed her by his own people. I love how Downie makes us feel the weather and the taste of the food while the dialog is […]

Posted February 22, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments