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Did the Romans leave Britain, or did Britain leave Rome?The death throes of Rome are resounding in every corner of the Empire. The rebellion of Magnus Maximus has come to a bloody end and Britannia now knows only suffering, standing at the edge of calamity, with each new disaster shaking the fragile foundations of a neglected province. The soldiers who remain are growing iDid the Romans leave Britain, or did Britain leave Rome?The death throes of Rome are resounding in every corner of the Empire. The rebellion of Magnus Maximus has come to a bloody end and Britannia now knows only suffering, standing at the edge of calamity, with each new disaster shaking the fragile foundations of a neglected province. The soldiers who remain are growing increasingly seditious with the incompetence and failures of their masters. While some seek to curb this dissent, more ambitious men will try to exploit it for their own ends.Justinus Coelius, general of Britain, is fighting increasingly desperate odds to defend the land from threats which come from near at hand as well as from across the German Sea, while trying to hold on to his dying world; Vitalis Celatius, a Christian convert, is haunted by what is, and isn't, happening in the name of his God; Brenna and her sons face new danger from north of Hadrian’s Wall and realise they are alone for the first time. And the ageing Honoria begins to realise she can no longer rely on her beauty alone to remain Queen of the Underworld.The Warlords examines the twilight of Britannia. Nearly four centuries of Roman rule will collapse in a few chaotic years. Will the Heroes of the Wall survive the storm to come? And would they recognise the new world that has descended unknowingly into the Dark Ages?...

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The Warlords Reviews

  • Peter Jones
    2019-06-21 02:15

    The Warlords by Richard Denham and M.J. Trow is the final installment of the Britannia trilogy, a series which I have greatly enjoyed. A master of historical faction, Denham seemlessly blends fact with fiction to narrate the decline of the Roman rule of Britain. This is an outstanding series, but should be read in order. Thank you to Thistle Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Warlords, Britannia III for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Jane
    2019-05-28 06:36

    A satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I do advise reading these novels in order, although the author does recap from time to time. Only two of the original Heroes of the Wall are left: Justinus Coelius, still a soldier, promoted to Dux Britannorum, and Vitalis, basket-maker, Christian, and sometime soldier when the occasion calls for it. We are carried through the last years of the dying Western Roman Empire. We meet new characters, such as Niall of the Five, no, Six, no, Seven Hostages, from Hibernia, a chilling no-nonsense Stilicho, various other venal and greedy characters. Several new usurpers to the throne arise and meet horrendous ends, but for the last one, a Flavius Constantine. The Goth Alaric, even after a defeat by Stilicho, is at the gates of Rome. Flavius Constantine pulls the legions from Britannia for a march on Rome, to save the empire. By imperial edict, Britannia is left to shift for herself from now on. Justinus asks rhetorically: "We've [Rome] had five hundred years of the power and the glory, gentlemen. Is it someone else's turn?"I liked the comic relief of the two foot soldiers, Locicero and Quintillis, in fact, the whole [uncomic] Scipio-as-usurper episode. Another standout was the final battle with the barbarian groups: Picts, Scotti, Saxons, led by the High King of Tara [another of Niall's titles]. Humor was a big factor in the whole novel, from gallows to black to sardonic.Highly recommended.

  • Polly Krize
    2019-06-24 00:16

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.In my opinion, you definitely need to read the first 2 books of this trilogy in order to experience the whole saga. Expert writing provides a true picture of the Roman occupation of Britain and its downfall. Definitely on my recommended list for 2017. Bravo!

  • N.A. Granger
    2019-06-12 04:06

    This is the third in the historical series Britannia, which explores the time of Roman rule in what is now Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Authored by Richard Denham and M.J. Trow, The Warlords is a fitting conclusion to a compelling trilogy. I have read the previous two books, and while I recommend them all, I strongly suggest they be read in sequence. The series is built around four so-called Heroes of the Wall, who are young men in the first volume (see my reviews of both the first and second books on this blog site). Only two now survive and they are well past their prime, their weakening with age mirroring that of Roman Britannia. The time frame of the series is compressed somewhat in order to follow them into the waning era of Roman rule in its far-flung province. Elsewhere in Europe, Rome is also in its death throes, following the bloody end of Magnus Maximus, the Roman Emperor who began his reign in Britannia. One of two remaining Heroes, Justinus Coelius, is now the General of the Roman forces in Britannia, and he and the depleted and increasingly fractious Roman army face a myriad of threats from the wild tribes of the north and others from across the German Sea. The other Hero is Vitalis Celatius, who has become a Christian convert and a weaver of baskets with reeds from the Thames. His goal is to live a quiet life away from conflict, but his religion and reputation draw him back into political events. In addition to Justinus and Vitalis, this book is richly populated by an array of conniving and greedy characters, some real and some fictional, better drawn and even more interesting than those in the previous two volumes. Stilicho, a historical figure, is a ruthless and loyal toady of the Emperor Theodosius and is tasked with taking the head of Magnus Maximus to Londinium (London) to teach the barbarians a lesson in Roman strength and superiority. Stilicho runs into two immoveable objects on his arrival: the unscrupulous but competent Vicarius, who oversees Rome’s business in the city, and Scipio of the Black Knives, a gang of thieves and murderers. His mother Honoria is Vicarius’ mistress. Another historical character is Pelagius, a roving Christian evangelist, whose religion is tolerant of traditional gods and emphasizes free will. He has an enemy in the Bishop Londinium and a reluctant follower in Vitalis.When Stilicho is recalled upon Theodosius’ death, a sequence of men declare themselves Caesar and rally various of the Army’s legions to rule the province and beyond, only to be overthrown one by one. In the meantime, Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Tara, is raising and plundering the western and southwestern coasts of the province. To the north, the Voltadini, a barbarian tribe and allies of the Romans who have for centuries repelled attacks from the Picts, the Scots, the Irish and the Saxons, face a deathly threat. The son of their Queen, who is the lover of Justinus, seeks to overthrow both her and the Romans by secret pacts with these same tribes. Who can contain Niall? Can the Queen rally the Voltadini to maintain the northern regions from invasion? Who will ultimately control the legions? The book’s characters are wound within these gradually unravelling story threads and despite my knowledge of what really happened historically, the complex story kept me reading with enthusiasm. The authors have clearly taken some liberties with the history of Britannia in spinning this saga, but then again, there is much of that history that is unknown. I recommend this third book and indeed, the whole series, and hope to visit some of the sites mentioned in the book when I next travel to England.

  • CathyW
    2019-06-19 07:24

    This novel is the final instalment in the Britannia series and in this one the roman ‘occupation’ of Britain finally comes to an end. Against the background of a weakening and threatened empire, we see the rise from Britain of various aspirants to the purple. None succeed in their ambitions, however, and indeed the book follows directly on from the defeat in ‘The Watchmen’ of Magnus Maximus, with the attempt by the emperor Theodosius to crush dissent in Britain with the help of Stilicho, the military face of Rome. Stilicho, like Magnus Maximus, is a powerful character and I was rather disappointed when (as was the case historically) his visit to Britain was a short one. But I still had the adventures of the ‘Heroes of the Wall’ to enjoy. By this book only two of the original four are left, although the amoral Leocadius has been succeeded by his equally amoral son Scipio. The action of the novel moves from the Saxon shore, to London and to the British client kingdom of the Gododdin in what is now East Lothian. There is a real sense of society falling apart and perhaps for this reason the novel feels more sprawling than the previous two. There is also an increased number of points of view, but it was no less entertaining for that and I particularly liked the scenes that featured a couple of roman pedes of the 2nd legion whose earthy humour and resignation in the face of an incomprehensible and at times brutal bureaucracy, is both of its time and timeless.The main action, however, follows Justinus, who as Dux Britannorum is the principal military officer of Britannia, and his attempts to hold everything together, with varying degrees of success. On the continent, the Roman empire is under threat from the Visigoths under Alaric and this in mirrored in Britain by the threat to the northern client kingdom of Gododdin by a coalition of the Picts, Angles, Scots and Hibernians (the latter being led by the excellent Niall of the five or seven hostages, depending on which stage of the book you’re reading). Goddodin is also threatened from within but I found this less convincing. The book provides an excellent antagonist to Justinus in the form of Chrysanthos, the Vicarius of Britain. He is a complex but talented individual who is probably no more venal than any other Roman bureaucrat, but the antagonist Justinus faces in Gododdin is rather more of a two-dimensional character, which I found disappointing. But this is a minor criticism and on the whole I enjoyed this novel as much as the two previous volumes and am sorry there won’t be another one to read. So I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for other novels by this writer.

  • Rosie Amber
    2019-06-21 23:07

    The Warlords is book #3 in the Britannia series of historical fiction set in Roman Britain. I do suggest reading these books in order to understand the full storyline and to get a grip on all the characters.In this book Magnus Maximus the usurper who declared himself Caesar, then Augustus and who then marched against the Roman Emperor Theodosius, is dead. Killed in battle. The Isle of Britannia is a thorn in the Roman side, troublesome and supporting threats to the throne. Theodosius intends to make a lasting impression on the people of Britannia and stamp out the uprisings.He sends the severed head of Maximus to Britannia with the intention of having it paraded around the province. However inhabitants of the thorn in his side, send him back the head of his own man in retaliation. So instead Theodosius sends a non nonsense soldier Stilicho to teach these barbarians a lesson or two in obedience.In Londinium few can be trusted, the underworld of the city is run by Scipio of the Black Knives, whose mother sleeps with the Vicarius who oversees Rome's business. Everyone is out for themselves and through it all shines greed.With Rome's hold beginning to crumble the wolves are braying at the coastlines, the Saxons, Hiberni, Scotti, and more all want a piece of the land. Justinus Coelius, Dux Britannorum patrols the edges of Rome. He must deal with idiots like the Count of the Saxon Shore and hardened warriors like Niall Mugmedon, High King of Tara.When the Emperor dies, Stilicho is recalled and Britannia is left open to the marauding hoards, can a Hero of the Wall still be a Hero against such odds? And who will be left to tell the children the tales of Britannia? This is a grand finale to the series, there are a lot of characters and many have several names and titles which increase the cast vastly and can make for a confusing read at times. I read a paperback version and there is a glossary of Roman terms at the back and a brief map of Britannia which I would have loved to have more details on. The last quarter of the book was superb with a tense set of events to draw the series to an end.

  • Anthony Bruce
    2019-06-25 05:25

    This is the concluding part of the Britannia trilogy which explores the end of Roman Britain. The series is built around four characters (Heroes of the Wall) of whom two survive. One is the general of Roman forces in Britannia and the other is a Christian convert. Many other characters appear in the course of a complex story set at a time when Rome is in decline and its control of the remote province of Britannia is weakening, with its forces coming under sustained attack. Much of the history of the period has been lost but the authors convincingly recreate missing details. Historical fiction at its best.

  • Chloe Thurlow
    2019-06-22 04:30

    In ‘The Warlords,’ the closing novel of the Britannia trilogy, Britain suffers misrule and is falling apart while the Roman conquerors after four centuries are unsure whether to cross the Channel and head back to Rome, or remain as exiles in Britannia – themes that resonate with the refugee and constitutional crises now effecting the Continent.With larger than life characters, plot twists that keep you glued to the page and a breath-taking culmination to this highly-acclaimed series, authors Richard Denham and MJ Trow bring history to life through the power of great story-telling and make it relevant to our life today.

  • Nicholas Best
    2019-06-09 06:36

    Anyone who enjoyed Britannia I and II will enjoy Britannia III as well. Justinus Coelius is here again and (briefly) Magnus Maximus, still in Britain during the dying days of the Roman empire.I'm only giving the book four stars because I had to turn immediately to the glossary of place names at the back to find out where we were on page one. But that's a minor quibble. It's a compliment to the book that I couldn't tell which bits of this absorbing narrative were real history and which had been made up.

  • Beth Willis
    2019-06-07 04:22

    In my view this, the third Britannia novel, is the strongest in the series so far. In this story, our heroes Justinus and Vitalis struggle to cope with the growing Barbarian pressure on the Roman Empire, as well as threats from the Picts, Saxons and Scots. The story moves at a terrific pace, and the writing is of the usual high standard you'd expect from this author.

  • HistoryLover
    2019-06-06 01:11

    We know the Romans finally departed Britain in 410 AD. This first-rate novel tells the intriguing story that goes beyond the bare facts of the end of the Roman Empire in Britain. Torn apart by internal wrangling, the Romans who remain face threats from inside Britain and the prospect of barbarian invasion from across the German seas. A brilliant read.