James Mace brings the reader to a time in history that is well known, but we learn new and informative details of a famous battle, the Duke of Wellington and this period in history.
"I Stood With Wellington" begins in 1814, a time when the Europeans in charge were bickering with each other while Napoleon was advancing with his large army.
We see both these great military minds in action as Wellington and Napoleon meet to fight one of the greatest battles in history, the Battle of Waterloo. We read about the military strategies involved. Along with all the historic information, the author also weaves entertaining characters with their own stories into this fascinating tale.
My take: I enjoy reading about this time period, and Mace is able to craft a story that makes you feel like you are really there watching from the sidelines. Mace fills his book with plenty of history; however, it does not feel like you are reading a textbook. He introduces us to interesting characters that we care about, and we want to keep turning the pages until the end. This is the second book in the series, but you can read it as a stand-alone novel.
My rating: I recommend this book for those who love historical fiction with action and adventure.