The Last Legion - Valerio Massimo Manfredi

The Last Legion
Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Pan publishers
ISBN: 0330489755 (Amazon link)

Back in May 2004, when I originally added an entry to this novel, I couldn't even face the task of listing the copious notes I'd made which described how awful this title is. It's now May 2005, I'm putting my web-site back up, and time hasn't mellowed my opinion. A house move means I've lost those notes, so I'm going to be simply rude and repeat my introduction without an sort of evidence:

The blurb says, "The Last Legion is a bewitching novel of bravery, love, myth and magic." No, no, it's not. In fact The Last Legion is an awful novel, full of bad movie cliches. Go read Allan Massie's The Evening of the World instead, same themes, very different treatment.

Posted: Fri - May 14, 2004 at 09:18 PM