Conn Iggulden's Emperor series is not in the same class as this feller's writing.
Iggulden changes characters and situations and ignores things that actually DID happen to fit his storyline, which I absolutely HATE. You don't need to do that, as Sidebottom has proved with this superb debut.
Can't wait for book 2
The characters - An Angle, Caledonian and Hibernian - (Englishman* Scotsman and Irishman) - are great.
* OK, so at the time, the Angles were still in Northern Germany......
Edit-the cover was great too. Very evocative of the period. Dirty rusty and bloody - NOT all glossy and shiney !
More please Harry, And as fast as possible !