Blog Tour Book Review – The Falling Sword

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So when I was sent the information for Ben Kane’s new book I couldn’t pass up the chance to receive a copy… not for me you understand, but Ste who is a massive Ben Kane fan and has read all his books! So I am handing the reins to him on this one, hope you enjoy reading his review.

The Falling Sword by Ben Kane

The Blurb


Get ready for the climax of the Roman invasion of Greece in Sunday Times bestseller Ben Kane’s latest historical adventure.

Reeling from his defeat at the hands of the Macedonians, Rome’s furious General Flamininus gathers his legions for the final strike on King Philip’s mighty phalanx.

Both leaders know the victor will rule Greece, and both armies will do everything in their power to claim the ultimate prize.

Fighting on opposing sides, Felix and Demetrios think they have survived the worst of the campaign. But between vicious infighting, unruly locals, and intense battle, both will be tested as the final showdown between two great civilisations begins . . .

THE FALLING SWORD is the gripping follow-up to CLASH OF EMPIRES from Ben Kane, the master of historical fiction – for fans of Simon Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.

Praise for Ben Kane’s CLASH OF EMPIRES:

‘A triumph!’ Harry Sidebottom 
Exceptional’ Anthony Riches
‘Fans of battle-heavy historical fiction will, justly, adore Clash of Empires‘ The Times

What Ste Thought

I wont leave any spoilers in this review as I think it fully spoils the books for others who may want to read, I feel you can give a good review of something without needing to reveal character names or the plot of the book. I was one of the lucky few to get an advanced copy so for the past 4 weeks I’ve eagerly awaited the postman delivering my book Haha. Worth the wait for sure.

Well what can I say about this book? Ben Kane is my favourite historical fiction author, I’ve read every single one of his books and each one never disappoints, so if you haven’t picked any of his books up before I strongly advise to do so, you wont be disappointed.

This book is the second book of the series so please be sure to read the first one “clash of empires” so you know the backgrounds of each character. The story is enticing, very well written and I found I just couldn’t put it down. You have strong connections with the main characters and you almost feel as if you know them. The battle scenes are thrilling, fast paced and in depth and you are put right there in the action, as if you where actually there.

I will say one thing about one of the Macedonian characters, (although I’m not revealing his name) since book one right up to end of book too I felt on this characters side, routing for him to succeed and vanquish his foe. Read the first book and I’m sure you all will know which character I mean. He’s one of my favourite historical fiction characters, so well done Ben.
As I’ve already said, I would advise anyone to read this book, but to get the full enjoyment from it I would say to read the first one first. Well done Ben Kane a brilliant book yet again, I wonder what is next from you?

Where To Buy

The Author – Ben Kane

The battle of the Teutoburg Forest, or Varian Disaster, took place in Germany, in September of AD 9. Three Roman legions were massacred by native tribes in a supremely well executed ambush. The defeat was one of the greatest ever suffered by Rome, and the body blow it delivered was one of the reasons that the Empire never again made a serious attempt to conquer Germany. 

All my books are born from my obsession with Roman history, and this one was no different. Planning and writing a series of novels about the lead-up to this conflict, the battle itself and its aftermath has been thrilling. I have twice visited the area of Germany in which the battle took place, and its many museums. Seeing the equipment, weapons, coins and even the bones of legionaries who’d died in battle didn’t just fuel my imagination – it stirred my soul – Amazon

Ben Kane Amazon Page

I hope you enjoyed this – I thought it was a little bit different and good to be able to include a genre I don’t normally read, as some of you may enjoy it!

Thank you to Compulsive Readers for including me on this blog tour. I received a copy of the book in return for my review. All opinions are my own. Check out other reviews at the blogs listed below. The post contains affiliate links – this does not affect your purchase in any way but may earn the blog some pennies – thank you!

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