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This is an excellent historical novel that is clearly well researched. My 14 year old son (he's in college) loves this time period and he kept complimenting how accurate everything was. So kudos to Pilling for doing his due diligence. Leader of battles is a moving tale of a man swept up in events that are beyond his control. He is most reluctant and overwhelmed with his own self doubt. This story shows how he truly becoems a leader, as he battles for the Britons as their Dux Bellorum.
This has ties to the Arturian legends of old, and I normally am not a fan of Arthurian styled stories, but I glommed onto this tale with both hands and never let go. The book is well plotted and well paced, the characters are real, and they bleed red. You will find yourself transported back to a time when a man survived by the strength of his arm and quickness of his wit.
Pilling has a wonderful writing style, he is descriptive in a way that you become a part of the battles, and se every drop of blood, and hear the clanging of the swords. He creates realistic and believable characters.
Jenkins is a blast to listen to; he provides a lot of atmosphere with just his voice. He provides the tone and pace with a distinctive narrative.
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This book was well written and even better in narration. It moved along smartly and did not leave me uninterested at any point.
The proof is in my actions. I enjoyed this enough that I spent a credit to get the next book in the series. I really hope that Paul Jenkins reads all of them.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.