The Leopard Vanguard
by T.A. Uner
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Leopard King Saga - Book 1
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: T.A. Uner
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Print Length: 405 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Set during the early
years of the reign of the Mad Emperor Caligula,this first installment of
the Leopard King Saga introduces us to Tullus, a gifted Roman Centurion
who resigns his elite position in the Praetorian Guard to join a troupe
of circus performers and learn more about his hidden magical talents.
Along with his new partner, a magical Leopardess named Celestra, he
re-invents himself as The Leopard King, the most famous entertainer in
all the Roman Empire. But when Tullus' friend and Circus Ringmaster,
Paullus Gabinius, is killed, Tullus and Celestra find themselves
immersed in political intrigue and up against Paullus' killers. Their
struggle to avenge Paullus will also cause them to cross paths with
corrupt Roman politicians, who know Paullus' deadly secret-which has the
power to destroy the Roman Empire.
The Leopard Vanguard by T. A. Uner
Ancient Roman history comes to life with a fantasy flavor as a mysterious cloaked hero steps from the circus ring into a cunning journey of revenge, retribution and so much more. Caligula is in power, wallowing in his debaucheries, spending the gold in the coffers of Rome. Political ambition, black mail and greed are padding the coin purses of Rome’s leaders. Meanwhile, one of Rome’s Elite Praetorian Guards wishes for more, and being spurned by his wealthy love, setting out on a journey to find happiness and family. What Tullus finds is a small troupe of entertainers and its leader, Paullus, a quiet and honorable man who keeps his past buried beneath his friendly façade. Enter Celestra, a leopardess with mystical abilities who bonds with Tullus, becoming his friend, protector, ally and partner in entertainment. She also becomes an extension of Tullus and together after the murder of Paullus by hired thugs in Rome.
Larger than life, the aptly named Leopard King becomes a hero for the middle and lower class, putting the upper, ruling class on the run. What wrath will rain down on those he is helping? Will he avenge his friend’s killer and live, or will his anger overpower his skill as a soldier and get his troupe murdered one by one? What secret was Paullus hiding about his past?
The Leopard Vanguard by T. A. Uner is on the road to epic historical fantasy, filled with intense detail, battles, intrigue and exposing the over indulgences of the era. As these characters act out the action, what becomes memorable is the difference between those who should be acting in the interest of the people and their true motives and wicked machinations. For Tullus, his own high code of honor and desire for right to overpower evil might, he makes the perfect legend to pass on through the generations. Celestra, well she is simply amazing, powerful and wise, a brave partner for Tullus in his mission.
T. A. Uner gives readers larger-than-life heroes, black-hearted villains and one crazed ruler who will keep you trapped in an era from long ago. Be prepared for the sights, sounds and smells that will bring each scene and each battle to life in this volatile time. Will you hear the swords? The screams and chaos of battle? The pain of love unrequited? The uncertainty of love re-found? Yes, this is an emotional treasure chest that will leave fantasy lovers calling for more!
I received a copy from T. A. Uner in exchange for my honest review.