My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first half of this book spent a lot of time in the character’s introspection. Far more than expected, Lucius Metellus Anguis (the Dragon) pondered the desert, the battles, the motives of the commanders, and his own destiny or lack thereof. It felt odd for the beginning of a book, rather than the middle.
The latter half of the book however drew me in and kept me fascinated and waiting for more.
One of the great highlights of the book is in showing Lucius’ devotion to his ancestors and to the gods. These are not often elements displayed, and with such grace and natural ordinariness. Sometimes it might be deemed improper, in this age of poking at different religious beliefs. But it definitely fits with the character and makes him so much more real.
Lucius Metellus Anguis is descended indirectly from an old proud Roman patrician line. Somehow, a dragon is integral to his destiny, as is his being protected by the god Apollo. As a soldier, he is averse to the politics of his time, the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus. But he is drawn deeper in, not always aware that it is happening.
I look forward to the next book in the Eagles and Dragons story.
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