Books received (April 2016)

While not as impressive as our stack of books dealing with Medieval matters, I do have a few books here on my desk that focus on the ancient world that need to be reviewed. Here’s a list of the books available:

  • Michael Livingston, The Shards of Heaven (an advanced reading copy of a novel that mixes history and magic) - gone!
  • Paul Chrystal, Roman Military Disasters: Dark Days & Lost Legions (Pen & Sword 2015) - gone!
  • John S. Harrel, The Nisibis War: The Defence of the Roman East, AD 337-363 (Pen & Sword 2016) - gone!
  • Christopher Matthew, An Invincible Beast: Understanding the Hellenistic Pike-Phalanx at War (Pen & Sword 2015) - gone!
  • Richard Evans, The Fields of Battle: Retracing Ancient Battlefields (Pen & Sword 2015) - gone!
  • Duncan Noble, Dawn of the Horse Warriors: Chariots and Cavalry Warfare, 3000-600 BC (Pen & Sword 2015) - gone!
  • Dwight C. McLemore, The Fighting Gladiator (Paladin Press 2014) - gone!
  • Ian Hughes, Stilicho: The Vandal Who Saved Rome (Pen & Sword 2010/2015) - gone!

The last book looks like something that we should have already reviewed back in 2010 or 2011, but as far as I have been able to figure out, it hasn’t yet been reviewed for some reason. Perhaps we never got the hardcover version: who knows?

Anyway, if you’re interested in reviewing one or more of the above books, just email me at and briefly explain why you’re the one to review the title(s) in question. After approval, please be prepared to send me your review within two months after receiving it. Books are sent out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, note that you don’t get paid for a review, but you do get to keep the book that we send you. Reviews should generally be between ca. 400 and 1200 words in length, with an average of around 650 words (about one page in the magazine), though the length of the review is also dependent on the nature of the book.

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