Wounds of Honour – Empire Series

Wounds of Honour cover
Title – Wounds of Honour

Series –  Empire #1

Author – Anthony Riches

Genre – Roman historical fiction

Length – 416 pages

Published – 4 Mar. 2010

My Rating – ★★★★★





I have to admit that I have not heard of Anthony Riches until he visited Bath together with Ben Kane for a book discussion to promote their new books Betrayal and Eagles in the Storm. I am fascinated by everything about ancient Rome – from books to documentaries, movies and games – I simply cannot get enough of it. As I have read a lot from Ben Kane already (and to be honest, it is quite hard not to come across Ben Kane in the genre of roman historical fiction!), I definitely wanted to go and see them live. To prevent the shame of not knowing one of the two authors present and especially since this was my first book event I went to so far, I quickly bought the first three books from the Empire Series.

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Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Eragon cover
Title – Eragon

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #1

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 528 pages

Published – 6 Jan. 2005

My Rating – ★★★★★





Originally intended as a trilogy, the four books of the Inheritance Cycle have become quite controversial in the fantasy community. While it is certainly true that there are numerous similarities to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and even Star Wars (and quite possibly others as well) I still feel this Cycle is overall quite fascinating; the depth of the relationship between Saphira and Eragon and how they get to grow into their role as the legendary dragon riders captivated me.  It definitely kept me locked up in the student halls and away from the occasional lecture that’s for sure. Written by Christopher Paolini who was only 18 years old when the first book Eragon was published, the Inheritance Cycle had sold more than 25 million copies even before the last book was on the market (see here).

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