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At the peak of Rome's might a dragon is born among eagles, an heir to a line both blessed and cursed by the Gods for ages. 

Lucius Metellus Anguis is a young warrior who is inspired by the deeds of his glorious ancestors and burdened by the knowledge that he must raise his family name from the ashes of the past. Having achieved a measure of success in the Emperor's legions in North Africa, Lucius is recalled to Rome where he finds himself surrounded by enemies, cast into the deadly arena of Roman politics. 

Amid growing fears of treachery, Lucius meets a young Athenian woman who fills his darkening world with new-found hope. Their love grows, as does their belief that the Gods have planned their meeting, but when an ancient oracle of Apollo utters a terrifying prophecy regarding his future, Lucius' world is once more thrown into chaos. 

Ultimately, he must choose sides in a war that threatens to destroy his family, his faith and all that he was worked for. 


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Here is what readers are saying about Eagles and Dragons:

on Goodreads:  

“… a very entertaining read; Haviaras has both a fluid writing style, and a good eye for historical detail, and explores in far more detail the faith of the average Roman than do most authors.” 

 on Epinions:  

“Well written historical drama with an eye for detail... I can’t wait for the next book… Killing the Hydra. There is so much more misery and mischief to puzzle and vex our worthy Metellus.” 

 Historic Novel Society review: 

 “…Haviaras handles it all with smooth skill. The world of third-century Rome—both the city and its African outposts—is colorfully vivid here, and Haviaras manages to invest even his secondary and tertiary characters with believable, three-dimensional humanity.” 

and more:

 “Historical fiction at its best! … if you like your historical fiction to be an education as well as a fun read, this is the book for you!” 

 “An outstanding and compelling novel!” 

 "I would add this author to some of the great historical writers such as Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow and David Gemmell. The characters were described in such a way that it was easy to picture them as if they were real and have lived in the past, the book flowed with an ease that any reader, novice to advanced can enjoy and become fully immersed…"

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Children of Apollo
Average rating
4.3 / 5
Good insight into a legionnaires life
June 19th, 2015
Lucius Metellus Anguis is a centurion of a Roman legion posted in North Africa. He is given the leadership role after a gruelling and intense fighting in the desert, where predecessor was killed. His guidance and quick thinking skills save the legion from outright slaughter. However his ascension soon finds enemies, from the outside and within and, attempts on his life follow. A mysterious saviour, a man who appears from the desert, a ghostlike figure, saves his life and becomes a constant companion. Lucius is later summoned to Rome by the Emperor Septimius Severus to be honoured for his bravery and leading his legion to many wins. He is accompanied by a boyhood friend, Argus, a character with a fractious and combatant personality. While in Rome, Lucius meets and falls in love with an Athenian woman. The story is well written and has plenty of suspense and mystique. The character of Lucius is a devout follower of Apollo and throughout the narrative there are suggestions the god has had a hand in his fate. What I particularly enjoyed about the story was the historical setting, one that is not often found in fiction, and of the period when Rome conquered the North African frontiers. The author gives a good insight into what life was like for the legionnaires travelling through hostile lands and the indigenous tribes they fought. The writing flowed well and the characters well developed, enough for this reader to be invested in learning the outcome of the characters. I look forward to reading the second book in the series. [Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for a honest review]
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Liked but...
October 10th, 2014
Good reading but sometimes the use of modern phrases jerked me back to the present a little too harshly. I can't imagine ancient Romans using some of the terms and phrases used in the story.
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5 stars deserving
May 4th, 2014
I absolutely loved this.
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March 23rd, 2014
Marvelous. Inspired. Great story line. I love it. Can't wait to read the second part. Hightly recomend.
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