367 AD – A battle-hardened soldier is sent to the frozen north of Britannia on a personal mission from the Emperor. Conducting a desperate investigation from a hostile garrison on the crumbling frontier of Hadrian’s Wall, Atellus must struggle to survive in a wild and lawless land torn apart by the death throes of an over-stretched empire.
This is a seriously brutal read. Set in 367 AD on Hadrian’s Wall, Sol Limitis depicts the harsh and often lawless lands at the very edge of the Roman Empire, in Brittania. Our leading man, Atellus, is almost too honorable to even live in this world. His ideals of dedication to empire seem old-fashioned and ridiculous in the garrisons of the North, where he is sent on a mission for the Emperor.
This book is incredibly well-written, but almost over-written. I had to look up words on every page there for a while. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I can imagine a lot of people will not want to do that, and they may get frustrated at not understanding a lot of the language in this book. It is clear Collins is knowledgeable of this time period by the jargon sprinkled throughout.
Now, for the majority of the book I was leaning toward a 4 coffee cup rating, but I just could not overlook the graphically violent scenes that peppered this otherwise intriguing story. Especially toward the end of Atellus’ journey in the North, the graphic depictions became grotesque and unnecessary to the development of the plot. I am neither prudish nor squeamish, but more than once I felt sick to my stomach and almost stopped reading. For that reason, I dropped my rating down to 3 cups.
February 19, 2018 – 0.0% “I am FINALLY getting to this one. I hate that it took me so long to get caught up to this point on my Indie TBRs, but I’m really excited to read this. I still remember the prologue like I read it yesterday (and it’s been like two years). I know, I know, worst reviewer ever! So, apologies James, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this!
February 27, 2018 – 19.0% “This is a reaaaallllly long book (580 pages). I like it so far — it’s a rough world (I cringe every few pages at the violence) with plenty of actiony scenes, but it’s going to be at least another week until I’m finished. I wish I were a faster reader. Alas! I am not.
March 5, 2018 – 54.0% “This is seriously sickening. Not sure I will be able to finish the book. I mean, there is color, and then there is purposeless vulgarity, and that’s what this whole last chapter was. Barf.
Will go ahead and say now, if you are triggered by rape scenes and assault, don’t pick this up.”
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.