Saturday, July 10, 2010


Douglas Jackson’s third novel, Hero of Rome, (Bantam) was published at the beginning of July 2010. Jackson made his mark with Caligula and Claudius, and now the Scottish author will please his growing army of readers with this latest offering. In it, Gaius Valerius Verrens, Commander of the veteran legions at Colonia, leads his men in a last stand against the unstoppable horde of Britons. Step by step, the bloodied survivors are forced back into the Temple of Claudius where Valerius will win lifelong fame and the accolade Hero of Rome.

Here's the question: Who is the speaker in this excerpt:

‘No man among the Iceni has suffered greater wrong than I. I will take the fight to the Romans with sword and spear. I will destroy them with fire and with iron. I will have my vengeance! Go now and call the war bands. Every man, be he warrior, youth or elder must play his part. I will wipe the Romans and any who stand with them from this land or I will die in the attempt.’

Volisios stared at her, overwhelmed by her presence and her anger. He snatched a startled glance at Gwlym. Now he understood. The wrath of Andraste.

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Anonymous said...

Is there a clue here that the speaker is a she?

Anonymous said...

Has to be the feisty lady Boudicca, I reckon. Respect to her.