My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius

This week, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, Nathan is taking us travelling once again through the tropes of fantasy.  This week the topic for discussion is:


Let’s face it.  Fantasy life is often a life of war.  One can only hope to serve under a commander who has some clue what they are doing.

So my choices this week:

Kaladin from Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings and Words of Radiance – I did think about going for Dalinar but I think Kaladin showed his skill when he joined the bridge crew and managed to not just train them into the ways of staying alive but also to make them feel more positive.  Gone from strength to strength.

Rig Black from Erin Lindsey’s Bloodforged.  Wow, can this guy form a good battle plan or what – risky, but good!  The Bloodforged is the second book (the first being Bloodbound and they’re both very readable.

Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich from the Thousand Names by Django Wexler.  This character really is a military genius – but maybe he’s not all he seems.  Or maybe he’s more than he seems!

Merros from James A Moore’s Seven Forges and Blasted Lands.  Merros starts out as a soldier but pretty quickly rises through the ranks to become General.  He becomes responsible for training up the gone soft Fellein army.  Year’s of peace have left the army in poor shape and with an army marching on their doorstep they need a good leader.

Reva from Anthony Ryan’s Tower Lord – really comes into her own in this story and helps to form a plan to defend the city.

General Anhalt from The Vampire Empire series by Susan and Clay Griffiths.  Cool headed and incredibly correct – a great character to have on your side when the vampires are swarming!

That’s it for me this week

My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.


14 Responses to “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius”

  1. proxyfish

    Kaladin is a great choice, I just seem to have the grizzled old warlords stuck in my head! 😉

  2. jessicabookworm

    I love the Gladiator quote 🙂

  3. Jay

    I’ll “like” any blog post that quotes Gladiator. 🙂

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    These are all strangers to me… Which means I will have to get to know them!
    (((takes note of the interesting titles)))

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Janus immediately came to mind when I saw this topic. Do you think he’s something more? I definitely think that’s what the story is hinting, but I don’t know what!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t know what either – just have a funny feeling.
      Lynn 😀

  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I’ve been seeing General Janus on everyone’s list today!

    • @lynnsbooks

      He’s actually such a good choice for this topic.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Sharry

    Yes, you’re right about Kaladin! I think he deserves the title. He’s a tactician if anything 🙂

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