Legacy - Grapes of Rome Book Cover Legacy - Grapes of Rome
Remmy Meggs
Historical Fiction
RWP Books
10/12/2015
Paperback, Kindle
314
Amazon.com

As the son of a Roman General and Statesman, he was destined to become an officer in his father’s army, learn to run the family business, and marry. This was Rome at the beginning of the Republic and right after the last of the kings. It was a deadly time of corruption, traitors, and assassins. This was a time when ten year olds died in battle and when twelve year olds led the troops, a time when twenty to thirty year olds ruled a Republic and those older yet, ruled the senate.

Young Dante couldn’t have foreseen what would happen to him and his childhood friends, but then, it was expected of them. Follow Dante in his journey into manhood in this passionate tale about an unlikely hero, the brutality of war, and survival.

Review by Jeffery Smith:

Dante, a prepubescent nobel at the birth of the Roman Republic, must grow up fast. War with neighboring nations and the Etruscans has reached the villas of his neighbors. Not only must Dante lead adults twice his age, he must also make life-and-death decisions that are impossible for leaders of any age to make, such as how to deal with captives.

A fan of historical fiction would have to read reams of the literature to find a story as intimate as this one. The author create the daily life of Dante and its wealth of significant detail pulls the reader right in. Plus the emotional life of Dante makes him entirely credible, despite having to perform on the adult stage.

Certain topics give one much to think about. How close, how loving can a child feel toward a slave? How ordinary can sex be between childhood friends? How accepting can people be toward frequent, hands-on killing? The emotional dimension made the novel feel foreign yet somewhat true to life at the same time. It was a combination I found irresistible.

The breadth and depth of the main character, and the danger that he and his loved ones find themselves in, kept me intrigued throughout the entire story. I recommend Volume One to all fans of historical fiction and even fiction in general. For my taste, I give Grapes of Rome five stars.

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4 Thoughts on “A Review of Legacy Grapes of Rome

  1. Steven F on July 23, 2017 at 10:01 am said:

    I think that this novel will appeal to both boys and girls, along with adults. It gives a very good presentation of life in Republican Roman times. Well done!

  2. Remmy2013 on July 24, 2017 at 10:42 am said:

    To Clarify, YA is from 13-up some say 12 but in America it is 13 up, and yes children have imaginations too, which makes it a perfect book for 13 and up. There is no sex in the book, try reading it instead of skimming over it. Thank you for that great review.

  3. pauly10 on July 24, 2017 at 11:11 am said:

    That is an excellent review and perfectly describes the book. It really is an excellent read and not what you would expect 🙂

  4. Mel Leach on July 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm said:

    A very nice review, but what sex? There was no sex in this book… ordinary or not. While these boys are called upon to do adult tasks, it is very much a YA book and very appropriate for the young adult crowd. I love this book and highly recommend it to young adult readers and adults alike.

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