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Book Review – In The Shadow of Rome by Joanna B McGarry @JayBMcGarry #BookReview #BookBlogger #Histfic

I read a book of ancient Rome

Filled with history, war, politics, and then some

A time led by the hatred of Optio Vespasian

An era of soldiers banded in auxilium

Hate and love go hand in hand

Man of sea and woman of land

Soldier Sigdan with Giorsal, his lass

A woman of strength and more sass

Dreams bloomed with the womb

Their destiny soon became the tomb

When evil sullied one such kid

Giorsal rushed in dangerous aid

Sigdan then took matters in hand

Prison was where they both land


A plan bloomed

A stage set

Drama enacted

Reality bested

A love and a sacrifice, nothing more dire

A child to be saved was their mire

Read Sigdan’s Saga from the start

Read the book with an open heart…

My poem was the summary of this book. In the land of ancient Rome, the air was strife with fights between the clans, till the Romans defeated them. The Empire soon established its fort with the Vespasian as the in-charge. Sigdan was the prisoner of war who had to join the Romans to survive. He fell in love with a strong woman Giorsal, and she became pregnant. But there was evil lurking, and Giorsal helped one such child. Repercussions soon followed, and their love was put to the highest test.

A rocking debut by author Joanna B McGarry, this was one heck of a story. There were so many hidden layers that each brought a new flavor to the story. The book was the perfect amalgamation of history and fiction. Joanna’s writing had a classic timelessness to it. It was obvious she had researched this period well.

I am always blown away by emotions, and this story had those wisps of gentle breezes, filled deep feelings. Love between Sigdan and Giorsal was never blatantly said, but it was felt in their touch and their glances. Injustice was rebelled against. And friendship closed ranks in a grand finale, just when everything they believed in washed away. An old dream was lost in the greatest sacrifice, but a new one had to be found under the shades of the rainbow at Odin’s table. This was the saga of Sigdan, a hero of those times.

I downloaded the digital version of the book from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Roman soldiers, based on the Antonine Wall, Rome’s most northerly frontier in Britain in the 2nd century CE, live, work, and fight beside native Britons who have settled in the shadow of the wall, in the village known as Clotagenium (Old Kilpatrick) on the banks of the River Clwyd (Clyde).
Life is dangerous, and conflicts arise between the soldiers and raiding Caledonii from north of the wall. Alongside the raids and battles, a personal conflict between Sigdan, an ex-sea-wolf, now a Roman auxiliary, and a dangerously incompetent officer, leads, inevitably, to a final– very Roman, reckoning in the arena.

Publication Date: 11th June 2019

28 thoughts on “Book Review – In The Shadow of Rome by Joanna B McGarry @JayBMcGarry #BookReview #BookBlogger #Histfic Leave a comment

  1. Honestly, if I’d only read just the blurb, this book wouldn’t have interested me. For me, the blurb just doesn’t pull me in. However, your obviously well-thought-out poem and your amazing review definitely make it sound interesting. A 5-star from Shalini is rare, so I will have to check it out. Have a great weekend, my friend, and thanks for sharing! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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