Review: The Lost Centurion
The Lost Centurion from the Immortals series is the first book that I have read from author Monica La Porta. She reminds me a bit of Sherrilyn Kenyon, and I do mean that as a compliment. Her characters have depth and carry scars and issues from horrific pasts, but still retain their honor and sense of right.
This is the story of an ancient Roman soldier named Marcus, who was given the “gift” of immortality by the god Apollo. It is now present day, and he has finally returned to Rome after centuries of avoiding his homeland and the painful memories that it invokes. He has long been seeking revenge against a vampire named Claudius, who long ago killed his estranged wife. His search is what lands him in Rome, and right in the middle of a vampire “nest” conflict when he saves a “fledgling” vampire. The story has just the right amount of conflict, action and romance to make it well balanced. And the way the author describes Rome, both historically and how it is in current day, it is obvious that she has walked those streets, as well as studied the history. That kind of accurate description really immerses the reader, and I love the feeling of “being” there.
I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series, The Immortal Greek, about Alexander Drako. His character is a friend to Marcus, and I can’t wait to learn more about him.