Legacy Grapes of Rome
Historical Action Adventure
Oct 12, 2015
Paperback and Kindle
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.
Although not usually a reader of the YA genre, I have to say I found Grapes of Rome: Legacy Volume 1, a thoroughly entertaining and intriguing read. The main protagonist of the story is a young boy named Dante, the son of a Senator in the city of Rome. Dante has a caring and gentle nature, and even treats slaves with courtesy and respect, something that is not done by others. He is a young boy, first and foremost. He enjoys playing and causing mischief, and he loves his parents.
As war and treachery descend upon Rome however, Dante is forced to become a man before is time, as most boys did during these harsh times. Dante must remember the teachings of his Greek tutor in order to survive the brutality of war, and demonstrates wisdom beyond his years as tragedy befalls him.
Author Remmy Meggs has created a story showing the unforgiving and dangerous world of Ancient Rome. The characters are well thought out, and have many layers to them, as does the plot. As I read the book, I found myself liking it a little to A Game Of Thrones, in terms of the politically motivated plotting, and the inability to trust even those you would deem to be the closest of friends.
This book will keep you hooked all the way through, and has a great twist at the end. This is must read. 5 stars.