Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cumoro Book 2 of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo by Marshall Best - Review

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About the Book:

Guiamo Durmius Stolo sails in 55 B.C. with Rome’s 7th Legion as Julius Caesar invades Britain. But Caesar has not before encountered the Fomori, a dominion of wicked creatures which wage war against the human inhabitants and dominate much of Britain. Armed with his god-made spear, Guiamo joins with the tribal kings against their Fomori foe when Caesar departs.

Combining legitimate legends with actual historical events, Marshall Best weaves an epic story that portrays the ancient world as it might have been, a world which the ancient historians recorded as fact; a time when gods ruled the earth and strange creatures dominated the land. It is the era of civilized conquerors exploring distant and primitive new lands. Scant recordings left to us today only touch on the fringe of the fantastic and brutal reality that existed in those distant lands of the west. Into this age, young Guiamo enters the world stage as the great game-changer, and by his hand the gods and beasts become destined to disappear into myth and legend.

Review:

This second installment of The Chronicles of Guiamo Durmius Stolo is a page turner just like the 1st book.  I love how the author weaves history, myths, and legends into this series.  The author's descriptions make you feel like you are actually there, or like you are watching a movie.  I love when I can picture everything when I'm reading a book.

You can definitely tell that Marshall Best did his research on this series.  The historical aspects appear to be accurate, at least to me.  This combined with the myths and legend keep the reader's attention.

I love books like this because it's not just a good story.  You actually learn something.  You get a good idea of what it was like to live in this time period, even if there are myths, and legends mixed in.  Of course, I'm sure there weren't all of the monsters.

People young and old will love this book.  Parents will love the historical aspects of the story.  Children (or the young at heart) will love the way mythical creatures come to life, especially boys.  What boy doesn't like picturing a battle scene, especially on with "monsters"?  I am sure they will picture themselves as Guiamo doing wonderful deeds.

I recommend this book for those in middle school or older.  There is some violence and some of the wording may be a little difficult for younger children.

About the Author:

Marshall BestMarshall BestMarshall Best is an avid reader, father of six and business owner. In the past several years he has found his love of writing as well. What began as a desire to write a story for his children has evolved into a nine book series.

Marshall has done extensive research into the history behind the legends, people and places of England, Scotland and Ireland involved in his books. He loves being able to weave real people and legends into his stories making them come alive. He is definitely a writer that tends to the details often mapping out timetables, calendars, geneologies, etc. that pertain to his book to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.

Marshall also enjoys putting real life issues into his books, delving into a bit of philosophy while entertaining with orcs, dragons, magic and battles. He is someone who loves a grand adventure but makes sure it's not a shallow one.

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