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Historical action adventure in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Rosemary Sutcliffe, the Leader of Battles series breathes new life into Arthurian legend....
"My father was a warrior. He bade me fight..."
Britain, AD 427. Rome has abandoned the province, leaving it exposed to waves of barbarian invasions. To the west, savage pirates from Hibernia ravage the coastline. In the North, the crumbling defenses of the Wall cannot contain marauding bands of Picts as they sweep down from the highlands. Worst of all are the Saxons, the dreaded sea-wolves. Under their chiefs, Hengist and Horsa, they wish to drive out the native Britons and claim the entire island for their own.
Attacked from all sides, the Britons find a champion in the form of Ambrosius Aurelianus, the last of the Romans. A modest man, riddled with doubts and fears, Ambrosius reluctantly takes on the mantle of Dux Bellorum, Leader of Battles. Placed in command of Britain's only standing army, he fights to preserve the dwindling light of civilization while the treacherous High King, Vortigern, plots his destruction.
Set before the coming of Arthur, the first book of the Leader of Battles trilogy charts the rise and fall of post-Roman Britain's first great hero, and his desperate struggle to hold back the shadows threatening to engulf his country.
©2014, 2017 David Pilling (P)2017 David Pilling
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-24-18

Historical fiction? How about Historical Finest

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Eric Hunley on 03-18-18

Crackling good historical fiction

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.

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