Review: Eagle Of The Empire; Relic Hunters #1, by Martin Ferguson

Book Reviewimage~Blurb~

‘As all around me cheer, eager for blood, eager for glory, I realise I have escaped one life of war and bitter struggle for survival and entered another, where the cheers of crowd will decide life or coming death.

The sound of thousands of spectators gasping sounds like soughing reeds. This is the end of my story; this glorious moment. There is no way I can win, whatever I do. Death is the only victory on offer to me today.’

Join the subversive and charming college student, Adam Hunter in his quest to recover his brother and the infamous Roman Relic of The Golden Eagle.

As Adam undertakes the dangerous adventure to find his missing brother, he unearths the secret organisation, which is part of the British Museum, This top secret, classified group are responsible for undertaking extreme treasure hunting, and relic recovery quests, ensuring history’s most prized, dangerous, and sometimes magical, artefacts are secured safely away for future generations.

‘Eagle of The Empire’ is the first in this adventure, action series, and sees Adam Hunter discovering not only the secret double life of his brother, Matt, but also of the Centurion, Optio Marcus Aurelius, who formed part of the legendary, infamous legion, The Legio IX Hispana.

Erased from history, and transformed into the realm of legends, the Legio IX Hispana was fabled to have been involved in an event so miraculous, and to have secured a totem so powerful, that now, the most evil man on the planet will do anything in his power to secure it.

Dash alongside the Hunter Brothers and the British Museum team as they do everything in their power to stop The Eagle of The Empire falling into the wrong hands.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

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~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free paperback copy direct from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thought & opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

When I received a request from Martin to review his book, I took a look at the blurb & decided to give it a shot.

The characters in this book show some realistic qualities & traits, they also show signs for potential development as the series continues. The book switches POV frequently but you always know who it is your following due to the way Martin labels the chapters. The characters also follow a similar timeline throughout.

Eagle Of The Empire is unlike anything I’ve read before. I found this book to be quite good but for me it was quite hard going. I struggled to get into the story fully & I didn’t feel invested in the characters. I’m not overly sure why, I don’t know if it’s just because this is the start of the series; the book that sets up the overall plot, or if it was something else that I can’t quite put my finger on at the minute. The plot & storyline are well thought out & planned.

I still feel as though the pace was slower than I would have prefered, but I’m willing to give book 2 a chance to see if things pick up, now that book 1 has done the setting up groundwork, so to speak.

~Author Bio & Links~

Martin lives in Norwich, England and is the author of the young adult fantasy and historical series ‘Relic Hunters’.

Inspired by the myths and legends his parents told him as a boy and with the help of his ever-suffering wife, a teacher and history graduate, ‘Eagle of the Empire’ was the first entry in Martin’s ‘Relic Hunters’ series, followed by ‘Curse of the Sands’ in 2017. Both were published by Little Bird Publishing House.

Website: www.martinfergusonauthor.com

Facebook: @AuthorMartinFerguson

Twitter: @MFergusonAuthor Instagram: @mferguson100

 

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