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  1. Terri Terri says:

    3 12 starsIt is about time that books of this kind set in this period of history and of an epic nature begin appearing in bookstores Books that cover similar are generally old or dated ones now Published many decades ago and no longer in print In fact I can not think of any recent ones at all that are set in this thoroughly fascinating period of historyThere are shorter books purpose written to be the kicking off point for a series but I can not think of anything like The Lion and The Lamb which has been released in the last four or five years By anything like The Lion and the Lamb I mean epic journey fiction set in Roman BritainThere have been similar in epic feel like Hawk uest by John Lyndon Only that comes much later in British history and is set in countries outside of the UK for the most partI was very impressed by this debut from John Henry Clay who most certainly has an epic name to match an epic story It was not without its naivete and its rough edges but I think most readers can forgive that in a debut There are debuts that hit their marks and perfect notes Debuts you would not guess were debuts but they are not common Therefore I forgive this book for being freshly whelped It would be unnecessarily pedantic not toThe book was riddled with characters I liked and characters I did not I really liked Paul and Eachna and I really disliked Amanda and Patricia But that's going to happen in every book Some characters appeal some do not Then for each reader that will be differentIf you read this book I would like to know what you think of the characters whether I know you or we are yet to know each other please feel free to give me your opinionI was very fond of Eachna For her toughness her vulnerability her disability She was the kind of well rounded and flawed character that I like and that will keep me coming backI do have to confess why it was that I gave this book three stars out of five Sometimes the names of the people the way settings were described I felt this book was not set in the period it was supposed to be It had this habit of not having any sense of place or era and you could be reading a story in Roman Britain or Medieval Britain or even at times when there were scenes with no definite indicators of period with names like Paul Amanda Victor Patricia flying around it could even have been not in history at all But in current dayFor what it is worth I understand that the author is educated through his profession in this period and he would know if variations of these names are commonly attributed to this time but I do not think these kinds of names give a good sense of era to a book like this I think it makes it sound like an episode of Heartbeat This improved a lot later in the book though I must admitA caveat I will add an apology in advance to the author for such cavalier disregard of the names he chose for his characters but hey reader reviews are all about personal taste not whether we are right or notThat was my only big negative to the book I am not mad for stories about love either but I do not cry foul about that because the book makes no secret of its strong relationship plots I expected itWhat can I say? It's a great debut It's an honest attempt at giving us the readers of historical fiction a real epic of this period to sink our teeth into Its the harbinger of things to come from this new author and he will be welcomed out of the Hodder Stoughton author stable by readers of the genre as he develops his skills over timeIt is all those things and I recommend you give it your consideration and then make sure you get back to me on what you thought of the characters


  2. Kate Kate says:

    What a wonderful novel This isn't a period of Roman history I know well but John Henry Clay reveals just how fascinating it is Great storytelling covering so many areas of life across late Roman Britain The author is also to be commended for the female characters Great to see such strong and individual female figures in Roman historical fiction


  3. Jane Jane says:

    I was impressed with this book; for a debut novel it's well written and I like that the author chose late Roman Britain as his setting underutilized in fiction The centerpiece event is the 'Barbarian Conspiracy' of 367 AD which historically occurred only a few decades before the legions were pulled out of Britain for good At that time 410 AD Emperor Honorius told the people to look to themselves for their own defense I recommend this page turner highly; it was just as enthralling on rereading We follow Paul Cironius Agnus Paulus son of a wealthy Romanized British family of senatorial rank After he kills his older brother Faustus as the result of a uarrel he flees to the north He and a farm lad Victor who befriends him are picked up by an army press gang and each is forced to join the army as a common soldier known in the late Roman army as a pedes not legionary Paul and Victor serve in a fort on Hadrian's Wall We see the brutality and sadism Paul undergoes at the hands of superior officers and we feel the injustice The young men are transferred to a fort to the north of the Wall; it is crumbling into ruin and there is no discipline Paul escapes and heads south with an Irish slave girl Eachna he meets on the way Tribune Drogo the Frankish commander of a fort in the west where Paul and Eachna spend a few months after Drogo has rescued them from attack gives him a message to deliver to warn civil officials including the governor of the coming of the Picts and the traitor Valentinus a rebel Also Paul has found the moral strength to confess the fratricide to his father and to face any punishment A parallel storyline concerns his sister Amanda her sad life and feelings for Rufus the son of the family's rival and enemy Agrius Leo People in south Britannia anticipate the coming of barbarians from Hibernia up the Sabrina River and await a final military confrontation near GlevumI thought the main characters fully fleshed out although sometimes their names caught me up short neither Latin nor indigenous The villainous officers had no redeeming ualities; they seemed to be in the story only to make Paul's life a living Hell Usually Christians in these books are presented as obnoxious and odious fanatics but in this novel Paul's cousin Deacon Julian ironic name the same as the pagan emperor was an admirable person He was supportive to both Paul and to Amanda He helped out in an army hospital as an orderly going beyond his religious duties There were one or two plot points left unresolved eg the final fate of Victor's love interest Rosa I felt there were some plot inconsistencies Descriptions were good but I could not picture how Paul's family's villa was laid out nor how Drogo's isolated windswept fort was situated from outside in the landscape The story was plausible I didn't feel the story conveyed the feel of late Roman Britain as well as it could have Perhaps a judicious use of Latin terms where the author had used English euivalents might have contributed to the Roman atmosphere For instance in the final stand off the soldiers threw lead weighted darts The author could have used the Latin plumbatae As cataphracts were called 'ironclads' I pictured medieval knights on their destriers Those familiar with Roman historical fiction know many of these terms already; for those unfamiliar with them the author could have included a LatinEnglish glossary On the first reading the title made no sense; I didn't figure out its significance until I reread the novel the names of both the traitorous greedy neighbor and Paul's family name


  4. Speesh Speesh says:

    Set in a period I knew very little about ‘The Lion and The Lamb’ I found to be in the end an excellent book instantly engaging really well written and a thoroughly good investment of my and your time and money OK I got it as a Christmas present so of my friend’s money But I digressIt is set during what seems to be the latter days of the Roman occupation of Britain AD363 to be exact This is Britain in the final years before Rome finally withdrew all her soldiers When the Roman Romans were getting set to abandon their British project and the British who’d become Roman were beginning to get worried That part doesn’t play a huge part in most of the book but I felt it was an essential and well played undercurrent especially as there come and ‘outrageous’ barbarian attacks along the coast That the ‘barbarians’ are the enemy and invaders and are essentially the descendants of the people who were conuered by the Romans when THEY invaded is an ironic delightThe story follows Gaius Cironius Agnus Paulus and his family They are from a British tribe but are full blooded British Romans now After what could be called a ‘misunderstanding’ Paulus flees their home in what is now southern England gets ‘press ganged into the Army and is sent north to Hadrian’s Wall A punishment sees him sent even further north where amidst the corruption and treachery he finally sees the light as it were and realises he needs to return home whatever the conseuences Along the way he meets an Irish slave girl Eachna herself with a somewhat disrupted family background in its own way not too dissimilar to his and they journey south to confront barbarians his family and the ‘rabbit in the headlights’ attitudes of the southern Romano British society Phew If all that reminds you minus the fighting of Barbarians of some of Jane Austin’s work then it did me too There is especially with Paulus’ sister and her attitude to what is and what isn’t important and how you do something feels important than what you are doing something of the ‘Emma’ here And that’s a good thing in my book Think Jane Austin set in Roman times But with balls And not the dancing kindIt was a change perhaps from the Roman epics I’ve been reading of late in that it isn’t bristling with battles but it was a refreshing change In looking at the attitudes morals and lifestyles of the rich and famous Roman Britons trying to be Roman than the Romans sometimes you really do get a feel for a country about to have the certainty of how their lives have been for the previous 400 odd years removed Not knowing as The Clash once so elouently put it; ’Should I Stay or Should I Go?’If I had to pick holes and I feel I have to one thing that did irritate me was the switching between the two areas of the story One chapter with the son up north the next with the family down south I can see why he would do it but by a little over half way it’s became a little forced mechanical and risked becoming a distraction Fortunately he managed to pull it back from the brink in the final third and that packed with intrigue tension and flow made the book as a wholeIt reminded me in many ways and not just because of its British setting of Douglas Jackson’s Rome’ series The first in the series as that is set in Britain anyway The same instant engagement and ease of story telling If you’ve been reading any of the first three in Anthony Riches’ ‘Empire’ series as they too are set in northern Britain but some 180 odd years earlier this could well be seen as the antidote A really pleasant break from the full on hard living hard drinking and in Anthony Riches’ stories hard swearing epics I’ve read a lot of just lately I still love them but I think I can appreciate this all the for having come away from them and will appreciate them all the when I come back from this If you follow?It’s also well worth staying on for the Afterword and Historical stuff Very interesting to see how delicately he’s woven his tale in and out of the available facts


  5. Richard Richard says:

    A remarkable first novel So well researched and the setting so well depicted that I almost imagined I had time traveled to Roman Britain The characters the author selected rang true as did the politics of the time I enjoy historical novels set in the Middle Ages and this one is right up there with such greats as Eagle In The Snow The Adventurer The Long Ships and AgincourtLittle is actually known about 4th century Roman Britain But the tale the author imagines rings true to me


  6. Leanne Morrissey Leanne Morrissey says:

    Great read but I felt some parts were rushed and others were dragged out so sometimes the pace felt a little off for me However I loved the characters felt connected to them and enjoyed the plot I couldn’t put the book down at points hence the 4 stars and if the pace was right then it would definitely have been a 5


  7. Pamela Pamela says:

    This novel is set in 4th century Britain with the province under attack from barbarian tribes and the Roman army in a state of confusion It tells the story of Paul a noble young Roman who flees home after a family uarrel and is press ganged into service as a foot soldier Meanwhile his sister Amanda struggles with growing up in the stultifying atmosphere of a noble household and escaped slave Eachna tries to make her way to safety and freedomThis was an absorbing and memorable novel which kept my interest throughout The detailed research into army life the references to the conventions of noble society and the portrayal of religious conflicts of the time bring the setting to life The battle scenes are exciting and contrast well with the scenes of life in Corinium or the villas The characters are well developed and human in their faults especially Amanda I felt Eachna slipped into the background in the later part of the novel and became uite passive which didn't really fit with her earlier strength and determination However I did like the way Clay brings out the deviousness of the political classes and the hypocrisy of the church hierarchy through the actions of the minor charactersI hadn't previously read any historical fiction set in Roman times and this has been a great introduction which has inspired me to read books set in this era I am also looking forward to books from this author


  8. Brian Brian says:

    Set in Britain in the fourth century AD The Lion and The Lamb is the story of Paul a young man from a wealthy and respected Romano British family who runs away from home after killing his brother in a uarrel joins the army as a lowly foot soldier falls in love with a crippled Irish slave who redeems him and returns to his family just in time to save his community from the Great Barbarian conspiracy in which an alliance of barbarian tribes simultaneously invade Roman Britain There is a good deal of socio political background in this book and it feels very authentic That is as you might expect from an author who is a lecturer in medieval history at Durham University and has been hailed as a latter day Rosemary Sutcliff albeit one clearly writing for adultsIt's always good to have a sense of the bigger picture in historical fiction and it was certainly interesting to see how the mechanics of civil military and religious administration worked in the latter days of the empire Unfortunately what the novel gains in historical accuracy it loses in narrative techniue I found the characters a bit wooden and the plot terribly slow I struggled to get to the end


  9. Charlotte K Charlotte K says:

    Set in a richly coloured Roman Britain in the mid fourth century this novel is a wonderful depiction of this place and time and is written in gorgeous prose The Lion and the Lamb interweaves the storylines of four main characters Paul the heir to a prestigious family who is drafted into the army and chooses to remain their rather than face his family; his sister Amanda a very traditional aristocratic girl; and Eachna a slave girl with a fierce heart and strong mind The backdrop was the Barbarian rebellion but really this takes second place to the trials and evolution of the characters A fun read as well as an interesting depiction of a Roman Britain all but deserted by Rome where those that are left – either thoroughly Romanized or still true to their own culture – must fight to make their own way


  10. Aversa Aversa says:

    Chewed through it in one night Great characterization excellent authorial voice compelling plot with great twists which somehow had all the best bits of historical fiction and none of the worst I usually stay away from historical fiction as reading it usually ends with me rending my hair and shouting but that's anachronistic but of course John avoids all of those pitfalls except for the use of Old English and if Helen Foxhall Forbes thinks it's alright how could I possibly disagree? Worth a read if you like the Romans; worth a read if you like the Britons; worth a read if you like historical fiction; worth a read if you like me don't Above all worth keeping on the shelf for a re read which I think I'll start tomorrow just for fun


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The Lion and the Lamb ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Lion and the Lamb Author John Henry Clay – Thomashillier.co.uk A young soldier with a secret past An ancient family rivalry A conspiracy that threatens to plunge Roman Britain into darknessCondemned to a hovel beaten by a merciless commander crushed by the weathe A young and the Kindle ´ soldier with a secret past An ancient family rivalry A conspiracy that threatens to plunge Roman Britain into darknessCondemned to a hovel beaten by a merciless commander crushed by the weather and forced to survive on starvation rations no one looking at Paul The Lion eBook ↠ would ever guess that he is heir to one of Roman Britain's wealthiest families But Paul had his reasons for joining the army and fleeing the family he lovesBut when rumours of a barbarian uprising from beyond the Wall begin to circulate Paul realises that his Lion and the eBook ↠ family is in grave dangerWith only the former slave girl Eachna for company Paul deserts the army for which the penalty is death and undertakes a hazardous journey across Britain where danger lurks round every cornerEpic in scope rich with historical detail THE LION AND THE LAMB is a novel of Roman Britain on the cusp of the Dark Ages when all that stands between her citizens and oblivion is one family.