Invicta: Fall of Rome

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Pub Date 27 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2024

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Description

The Old Gods are gone, and they are taking the ancient world with them.

Now, as Rome falls, he must rise.

Seventeen years after the barbarian general Odoacer deposed the last Roman Emperor in the West, the young aristocrat Orephes is told by his dying father that he is the last surviving demigod, hidden away by the old gods before they vanished forever.

Abandoning his post as a feared knight in the army of the Roman general Eschelus - an aging yet respected believer in restoring the throne to a "true Roman" - Orephes sets out to Mount Olympus to reclaim his birthright as the heir to an ancient power he knows little about.

As his power grows, so does his connection to the magic that built the ancient world - and the dark forces tearing it down. With time running out for Rome's future, Orephes must face a destiny forged for him in centuries past - and an enemy that has been waiting for him ever since.

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Invicta: Fall of Rome is the first installment of the "Invicta" historical fantasy series.

The Old Gods are gone, and they are taking the ancient world with them.

Now, as Rome falls, he must rise.

Seventeen years after the barbarian general Odoacer deposed the last Roman Emperor in the West...


A Note From the Publisher

Blending real-world characters and historical events with fantasy, Author Chris Hackett wrote Invicta: Fall of Rome to explore the era around the fall of ancient Rome (also called late antiquity), which he considers under-appreciated in fiction. The novel answers the timeless question why the Roman Empire collapsed through the lens of an ancient world rich with magic transitioning to a medieval world untrusting of it, ultimately to a modern world entirely without it.

Blending real-world characters and historical events with fantasy, Author Chris Hackett wrote Invicta: Fall of Rome to explore the era around the fall of ancient Rome (also called late antiquity)...


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It took me a while to get into the book - by chapters 5 and 6 it started to pick up for me. There is a lot of emotion, action, and a sense of mystery throughout the novel.

I thoroughly enjoy flashback scenes - this book has them clearly marked with clean cuts to them, so thank you, author!

As a historical fiction novel about Rome, I'll admit the names threw me off for a second, which I think is the reason it took me a bit to get into the book.

Overall, it's a solid choice - I've already recommended it to some people who enjoy tales of Rome and Greece to get their opinions on the book!

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I enjoyed the blend of historical and fantasy elements, it had a great overall feel to the plot of the book. Chris Hackett does a great job in writing this, the use of Old Gods worked and loved the idea of this with a alternate history feel to it.

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fantasies set in Ancient Rome aren't something I see much of. So this book immediately felt original and something different, something that the shelves need.

Hackett's Invicta: Fall of Rome struck a good balance between fantasy, history and action. I enjoy historical fantasy that isn't led by the fantastical element and maintains gritty, real history. This book achieved that. It had all the elements of a rip-roaring historical read with plenty of battles, violence and politics and (occasionally) a little bit of naughty language.

The story isn't focused solely on Orephus, which at first I was surprised about but it did work, because it showed what was happening in a wider context and introduced elements that weren't focused on the fantasy. There was a strong cast of supporting characters; from Orephus' likable brother Gargarus, to the nefarious Volusian who made my skin crawl. Hackett isn't afraid to kill his darlings - no spoilers but at one point, I screamed "no!" and scared the kittens sleeping on my lap.

Lastly, the ending - which again, I won't reveal, felt like things were concluded neatly and made sense, but scattered the breadcrumbs for more to come...which definitely created the anticipation for the next in the series.

There were some times when the language used wasn't quite right. Modern terms (as in post-Roman Empire) did tend to creep in such as "knights," "turncoat" and "pants"(trousers). Whilst the meaning still was clear, these to me, are phrases and ideas which wouldn't have been around in Roman times so it pulled me out of the story slightly. However, this is the historical snob in me being pernickety. These instances were quite rare so I was able to look past it.

Overall, this was great. Hackett's book has a fresh new idea that walks the line between history and fantasy skillfully. It's a book that's really easy to get stuck into (once your tongue gets acclimated to the names!) I

I would recommend and I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for the next one.

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