The Conqueror by Bryan Litfin: Book Review with Revell Reads
About the book
Title: The Conqueror
Author: Bryan Litfin
Genre: Ancient Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 13, 2020
It is AD 312. Rome teeters on the brink of war. Constantine’s army is on the move. On the Rhine frontier, Brandulf Rex, a pagan Germanic barbarian, joins the Roman army as a spy and special forces operative. Down in Rome, Junia Flavia, the lovely and pious daughter of a nominally Christian senator, finds herself embroiled in anti-Christian politics as she works on behalf of the church.
As armies converge and forces beyond Rex’s and Flavia’s controls threaten to destroy everything they have worked for, these two people from different worlds will have to work together to bring down the evil Emperor Maxentius. But his villainous plans and devious henchmen are not easily overcome. Will the barbarian warrior and the senator’s daughter live to see the Empire bow the knee to Christ? Or will their part in the story of Constantine’s rise meet an untimely and brutal end?
Travel back to one of the most pivotal eras in history–a time when devotion to the pagan gods was fading and the Roman Empire was being conquered by the sign of the cross.
Let me start of by saying this book has an excellent historical angle. I mean, Constantine! Great potential for storytelling and world building.
I enjoyed how the author showed the Christian church. My history’s a little rusty, but I liked the aspects he portrayed.
Now for the bad part. I wanted to love this book. I really did. I tried.
But I didn’t.
The battle scenes were fantastic, but then the charcters would start talking and all I heard was “wah, wah, wah” and I started tuning them out. There were a few points of dialogue that I enjoyed, the sarcasm and quick wit of Rex, for one, so it isn’t like the whole thing was terrible. I just wanted…more character development and less pagan rituals.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via RevellReads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.