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Roman Fantasy Novels
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:19:47 PM »
I’m in the mood for roman type Fantasy novels after my trip to Italy any recommendations?

Thinking of

Pendragon by James Wilde

Darien by Conn Iggulden

Clash of the Eagles by Alan Smale


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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2018, 10:38:53 PM »
I read Darien last year, and it didn't strike me as particularly Roman. Maybe in terms of politics, but it felt more like 16th century Russia to me. Has flintlock pistols and things.

One series that definitely first is Gavin Thorpe's Crown of the Blood. It's a bit like the career of Julits Caesar. Starts off as a roman-esque civil war, then book 2 has Celts and 3 has a more Persian feel.

Paul Kearney has a series starting with The Ten Thousand, based on a Greek story too. Might be worth a look.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 03:12:59 AM »
Romanitas by Sophia McDougal. Imagines how things would have been had the Roman empire endured to the modern day.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 03:14:05 AM »
The only thing that instantly jumps to my mind is the Codex Alera series (by Jim Butcher). Just like the roman world, except where people can control elemental forces (furies). Copious amount of large-scale military battles as well.  8)

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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 03:56:36 AM »
You could always read mine. It's set in the East (Dacia, Moesia, Thrace), but is firmly Roman in tone--a re-working of the disaster at Adrianople in 376. It's called Goblins at the Gates. You can find it on Amazon under that title.

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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 05:06:57 AM »
You could always read mine. It's set in the East (Dacia, Moesia, Thrace), but is firmly Roman in tone--a re-working of the disaster at Adrianople in 376. It's called Goblins at the Gates. You can find it on Amazon under that title.

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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 05:19:21 AM »
While not technically Fantasy, the Skystone books are very Roman (set in Brittania) and quite good imho.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 09:56:48 AM »

Watch Brittania!!!

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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2018, 10:43:14 PM »

Watch Brittania!!!
Did you like that? I found it comically awful.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2018, 10:53:29 PM »
Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton. A detective novel but set in a fantasy Romanesque world.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2018, 11:16:09 PM »
Drakenfeld by Mark Charan Newton. A detective novel but set in a fantasy Romanesque world.

I’ve read that one right up ymy street with  my love for detective Fantasy I wished he wrote more , I also enjoyed  Thraxas by Martin Scott a comedic detective Fantasy

Also read Codex Alera by  Jim Butcher and Echoes of Empire by Mark T Barnes
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2018, 07:09:09 AM »
+1 for the utterly awesome Sophie McDougal

Try Roma by Steven Saylor you have finished all the Lyndsey Davies then?

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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2018, 08:05:47 AM »
+1 for the utterly awesome Sophie McDougal

Try Roma by Steven Saylor you have finished all the Lyndsey Davies then?
They're not fantasies, but the Claudia novels by Marilyn Todd are good whodunnits set in Roman times similar to the Lyndsey Davies.
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Re: Roman Fantasy Novels
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2018, 09:37:14 PM »

Watch Brittania!!!
Did you like that? I found it comically awful.

Really? What exactly was it that rubbed you the wrong way?
I found it fun, enjoyed the pre-christian stuff, and I liked seeing a British identity stripped of it's civilizational, colonial role. The music in the intro was really jarring tho

As much as I love ancient Rome I'm surprised I haven't read any fiction set there beyond the Odessy, Seneca's Medea and other translated classics
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