Book Review: Rubicon: A HWA Short Story Collection

Genre: Historical fiction

Publisher: Sharpe Books

Pub date: 2 July 2019

Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Immerse yourself in Ancient Rome through a collection of thrilling narratives, featuring soldiers, statesmen and spies.

Read about some of your favourite characters from established series, or be introduced to new writers in the genre.

The stories in Rubicon are, like Rome, diverse and intriguing – involving savage battles, espionage, political intrigue and the lives of ordinary – and extraordinary – Romans, such as Ovid, Marcus Agrippa and a young Julius Caesar.

This brand new collection, brought to you by the Historical Writers’ Association, also includes interviews with each author.

Find out more about their writing processes and what attracts them to the Roman world.

View Ancient Rome through fresh eyes.

Rubicon is a feast of moreish tales and a must read for all fans of historical fiction.

Authors & Stories Featured in Rubicon:

Nick Brown – Maker of Gold

Gordon Doherty – Eagles in the Desert

Ruth Downie – Alter Ego

Richard Foreman – A Brief Affair

Alison Morton – Mystery of Victory

Anthony Riches – The Invitation

Antonia Senior – Exiles

Peter Tonkin – The Roman

L.J. Trafford – The Wedding

S.J. Turney – The Praetorian

I’ve been back to the HWA Short Story Collection, this time Book One which is based on the Roman Empire. I have been branching out a little recently with my reading and haven’t read much about the Roman Empire but I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Absolutely loved Peter Tonkin’s story The Roman and S.J Turney’s, The Praetorian was incredible and has definitely made me want to read more about this era.

Each story is followed by an interview with the author where we find out why they’re interested in the Roman Empire, what they’re currently writing etc. I found this very useful to figure out books I need to add to my TBR list.

There wasn’t a single story in this collection that I didn’t enjoy. They’re all very well written and have great characters. This is the third HWA short story collection I’ve read now and I can’t recommend them enough for finding new authors or checking out a new era like me. If you only have a little reading time they’re perfect or you can do what I do and binge read them all in one go!

I only have the fourth book Victoriana left to read which is kind of sad as I’ve really enjoyed the books so far.

You can read my reviews of the others by clicking on the titles below

Royal Blood

By the Sword

Rubicon is available as an ebook or paperback here

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