I received this book via NetGalley for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
It’s The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut novel from Sidewise Award-winner, Alan Smale, that will thrill fans of alternate history, historical fiction, and military fiction.
In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land.
Such a unique story with some pretty amazing characters! Alan’s writing style is just perfect, not overruling with details but clear enough that you could even smell everything that happened! (And can I just say how awesome the cover is?! Wow, just gorgeous!)
There were many issues that contradicted my morals however, and actually caused me to stop reading in the height of action, much to my dismay. From the very beginning, Clash of Eagles consists of the smaller cuss words and not very frequent, but the intensity of the cursing quickly escalated as the book went on, eventually using all cursing.
The gore and action is decently high, containing vivid scenes of maiming as well as killing in the war scenes. There is an unnecessary sex scene, that though it is not overly detailed, it is still disturbing.
So it hurts me to give a book that has as much potential as Clash of Eagles does, only 2 out of 5 stars because of all of the unnecessary content. However, the story line, writing, and characters are brilliant and I wanted to mention that again!