The Leopard Vanguard
(Leopard King Saga #1)
Author: T.A. Uner
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: August 27, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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.
I was given a digital copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, author!) 🙂
I didn’t know what to expect from this book the moment I first had a glimpse on it. But instantly I was captivated by its cover. It looks nice and mysterious.
This book talks about the main character Tullus Acilius Ulixes, a Praetorian guard that lives during the ancient Roman years who happened to defy the insatiable politics around him by leaving his work and leaving Rome at the same time. While he journeyed outside Rome, he discovered something more interesting than life in Rome — magic and power. Together with Celestra, he experienced adventure which later on made him become stronger.
This book is historically-driven and with a blend of fantasy and well, romance. At first, I was a bit puzzled because of its numerous characters, but in the end I did have a good time reading it. I enjoyed Tullus’ exciting journey towards finding out his hidden skill in the world of magic. Of course, it became even more interesting because of his companion Celestra, who by the way, surprised me from the start.
By the time I finally got the real scope of this book, I found out that the author’s creativity with the plot and the world building itself is outstanding. T.A. Uner has an impeccable and unpredictable pacing which basically left me guessing what would happen next.
The ending is also fantastic and satisfying, yet I end up wondering what would happen in the next book, The Leopard Strategem.
As a whole, the entire book is fantastic. It is simply original, spot on, and it evokes thrill and action-packed adventures. It very well deserves an applause. For those readers who appreciate books that are themed with history, action, and fantasy, The Leopard Vanguard is truly a must-read! 🙂
My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars