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A bloody massacre. An ancient curse. One young German holds the course of history in her hands. Engineering student Amalia Weber is only training in Olympic judo to please her overbearing father. Caught in a storm on her daily run, the screams of a drowning woman draw her to a lake deep within the mystic Teutoburg forest. But when she jumps in to attempt a rescue, she’s pul A bloody massacre. An ancient curse. One young German holds the course of history in her hands. Engineering student Amalia Weber is only training in Olympic judo to please her overbearing father. Caught in a storm on her daily run, the screams of a drowning woman draw her to a lake deep within the mystic Teutoburg forest. But when she jumps in to attempt a rescue, she’s pulled under herself… and somehow awakens alive two thousand years in the past. Now, enslaved by Roman soldiers—including the legendary Germanic-prince-turned-Roman-officer Arminius—Amalia struggles to survive in a world where her life means nothing. And when her twenty-first-century knowledge is discovered, returning to her own time becomes the least of her worries. Caught between the merciless forces of Rome and the wild Germanic tribes who dare to defy them, can a modern woman forge history as we know it? Echoes of Germania is the first book in the riveting Tales of Ancient Worlds series. A mix between Vikings, Rome, A Games of Thrones, and Outlander, H.B. Ashman’s new novel is a stay-up-all-night nail-biter.”


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A bloody massacre. An ancient curse. One young German holds the course of history in her hands. Engineering student Amalia Weber is only training in Olympic judo to please her overbearing father. Caught in a storm on her daily run, the screams of a drowning woman draw her to a lake deep within the mystic Teutoburg forest. But when she jumps in to attempt a rescue, she’s pul A bloody massacre. An ancient curse. One young German holds the course of history in her hands. Engineering student Amalia Weber is only training in Olympic judo to please her overbearing father. Caught in a storm on her daily run, the screams of a drowning woman draw her to a lake deep within the mystic Teutoburg forest. But when she jumps in to attempt a rescue, she’s pulled under herself… and somehow awakens alive two thousand years in the past. Now, enslaved by Roman soldiers—including the legendary Germanic-prince-turned-Roman-officer Arminius—Amalia struggles to survive in a world where her life means nothing. And when her twenty-first-century knowledge is discovered, returning to her own time becomes the least of her worries. Caught between the merciless forces of Rome and the wild Germanic tribes who dare to defy them, can a modern woman forge history as we know it? Echoes of Germania is the first book in the riveting Tales of Ancient Worlds series. A mix between Vikings, Rome, A Games of Thrones, and Outlander, H.B. Ashman’s new novel is a stay-up-all-night nail-biter.”

30 review for Echoes of Germania

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clemens Schoonderwoert

    This amazing book has been my first experience with this fine author, and I have to say in all honesty that it has been a very impressive one. At the beginning of the book you'll find a map of Rome in the 1st Century AD with the border to Germania and its several tribes, while there's also an explanation of Viking lore and about Roman names. At the back of the book a great Characters List is included with figures who are featuring in this great historical Roman adventure, and not to forget there's This amazing book has been my first experience with this fine author, and I have to say in all honesty that it has been a very impressive one. At the beginning of the book you'll find a map of Rome in the 1st Century AD with the border to Germania and its several tribes, while there's also an explanation of Viking lore and about Roman names. At the back of the book a great Characters List is included with figures who are featuring in this great historical Roman adventure, and not to forget there's an Augustus Family Tree, in which is presented the family structure of this family of power and intrigue. Storytelling is of a superb quality, all characters, real historical or delightful fictional, come vividly to life within this historical tale which is mixed with present day fantasy, and also to mention is that the historical settings and battles are all very well pictured in this wonderful story of life and death. The book starts with a prologue which is set around 9 BC, with the great General Drusus celebrating a decisive victory over the Germanic Suebi tribe, but when he has the three seer's daughters killed, he will be cursed by the that same seer of that tribe, and not long after that event he will fall from his horse and die of his wounds. The main story of this book starts with our main protagonist in the present time, being a nineteen-year old German girl called, Amalia, who during her daily run around the lake is drawn into it by a supposedly drowning woman (ghost), and after heading into the lake Amalia is taken under and travelling back in time to the 1st Century AD, and into a Roman world headed by the Emperor Augustus. What is to follow is a very action-packed and adventurous Roman tale which is set between AD 1- AD 4, where Amalia must find her way amidst the likes of the Legate of the Legions VII and XX, General Marius Vincius and the Praetor of Germania and Legate of the Legions Germania I, Germania III and Alaudae V, the General Lucius Ahenobarbus, and his sly son Gnaeus, and between them there's a lot of tension and political rivalry, while also Arminius will play an important part, and not to forget the Imperial Family and the Senate have their own political intrigue and scheming, and Rome is a place where power, backstabbing and death are commonplace. Very much recommended, for this is an excellent debut novel featuring Ancient Rome and Germania, and its a story told with much verve and passion, look very much forward to the next instalment, and what this episode is concerned, I like to call it: "A Glorious Historical Debut Adventure"! **Thank you to the author for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review!**

  2. 4 out of 5

    Selkis

    I requested a free copy of Echoes of Germania on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to both Netgalley and the author. Rating and reviewing Echoes of Germania is incredibly hard for me. I really, really wanted to like it, but I didn't. I've got so many thoughts about it, and sadly few are positive. A young woman from Germany is sent back to ancient Roman times. She's captured and enslaved by a Roman legion, that is trying to put down a revolt of Germanic tribes. One of the main I requested a free copy of Echoes of Germania on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to both Netgalley and the author. Rating and reviewing Echoes of Germania is incredibly hard for me. I really, really wanted to like it, but I didn't. I've got so many thoughts about it, and sadly few are positive. A young woman from Germany is sent back to ancient Roman times. She's captured and enslaved by a Roman legion, that is trying to put down a revolt of Germanic tribes. One of the main players turns out to be Arminius, the hero of the Teutoburg Forest. While I did like the premise of the story, some things ruined it completely for me. One of them was historical accuracy: I'm certainly not an expert in Roman military history, but I had to raise an eyebrow at several points. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but I read historical fiction because I enjoy reading about history. Nobody is perfect, but obvious inaccuracies ruin the whole story for me. I grew to hate the main character, Amalia. For a young woman from the 21st century, it is amazingly easy for her to adapt to ancient Roman life, especially during a military campaign! I'd expected her to be scared, even terrified (I would be), confused and desperate to get back. It gets mentioned a couple of time that she's scared and misses her family, but the way she acts made me feel, like she doesn't really care. Her ability to speak (or learn how to speak) Latin is amazing. When she first encounters Roman soldiers she confuses basic verbs, but only a couple of pages later, she's completely fluent. On the one hand, she knows more about Latin than some modern scholars, but on the other hand, she's never heard of Germanic mythology. It doesn't make sense to me. She manages to help the Romans, and even trains some of them in Judo. Again, it was just too much for me and hard to believe. I was quite interested in the storylines that weren't about Amalia. But if I've got such huge problems with the main character, I can't really enjoy the story. It's a shame because I liked some of the authors, I liked their scheming, their personalities. Had Amalia been more convincing, I might have enjoyed reading Echoes of Germania.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edward Silverman

    My thanks to the author, HB Ashman, for a free ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was a very good read for me, 4.5 stars, and something that is adjacent to my typical wheelhouse. This story is a historical based fantasy, but I would emphasize the history in this case, as the premise is kicked off by something magical but magic generally played no role in most of the story. While I have a deep and abiding love for history, I am not familiar with the events depicted in the story, My thanks to the author, HB Ashman, for a free ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. This was a very good read for me, 4.5 stars, and something that is adjacent to my typical wheelhouse. This story is a historical based fantasy, but I would emphasize the history in this case, as the premise is kicked off by something magical but magic generally played no role in most of the story. While I have a deep and abiding love for history, I am not familiar with the events depicted in the story, which is set late in the reign of Augustus in Rome and follows both the politics there and the action filled itinerary of a legion in Germany and Croatia. This book made me want to learn more about this time period. Because this book is a novel, it reads as a fast paced action-fantasy, with politics mixed in, much like a Janny Wurts or Goblin Emperor, but the battle scenes were also done well. I think any fan of fantasy will enjoy this, regardless of whether or not you like history. The final action scene is worthy of anything you'd read in Sanderson or Evan Winter and is a great payoff near the end of the book. The author, who also writes under a different name in a different genre, mixes in elements of romance, but even this, which I worried would be predictable, was not a straight line, which made for more enjoyable reading. The main character is something of a superhero, almost too skilled, but I suppose she would have to be to survive and then thrive after being taken as a slave. The character happens to be a skilled engineer, great at Judo, and fluent in Latin, which is something that I bet doesn't exist too much in the real world. I bet the author will explain this more in future novels when there is resolution with the modern timeline. The transition from the middle part of the book to the endgame was necessary, but I found it slightly confounding. I trust it will be cleared up, as it was teased, in future novels. I liked that even though the character travelled back in time, the author didn't spend too much time agonizing over space/time continuity issues, because I personally find that to be a bit tropey. You get to go along for the ride, enjoy a tour of the history, and appreciate the action buried within. This book is definitely worth your time. If you like Gary Jennings or James Michener ,this will be for you. Likewise, if you liked the movie Gladiator, or most fantasy novels, this is worth a look.

  4. 5 out of 5

    T.T.

    I second the other reviewer...my only question now is: WHEN DOES BOOK 2 COME OUT?????!!!!!! I mean, what a surprise. Intrigues, battles large and small, love, friendship, enemies in disguise... The Roman names can be confusing at first if you are new to it (which I am not, I read I Claudius), but that goes away quickly and there is also a characters list in the back of the book that helps with that (which I did not really need, but again, I read Roman and Viking fiction.) Amalia is just one of the I second the other reviewer...my only question now is: WHEN DOES BOOK 2 COME OUT?????!!!!!! I mean, what a surprise. Intrigues, battles large and small, love, friendship, enemies in disguise... The Roman names can be confusing at first if you are new to it (which I am not, I read I Claudius), but that goes away quickly and there is also a characters list in the back of the book that helps with that (which I did not really need, but again, I read Roman and Viking fiction.) Amalia is just one of the most original and likable characters I have come across is a long time. You just can't help but root for her and Arminius. The story itself is incredibly unique with twists and turns I just did not see coming. Then there is the incredible HISTORICAL ACCURACY! I mean, this author knows about Rome, no kidding! I learned new things form this book, and again, I read Roman fiction and about vikings. For instance, the thing about Valhalla! It wasn't like movies always make it to be, the most glorious place to go after death. There is the hall of Freyja, in Folkvangr, where she choses the warriors before Odin gets his say. Plus there are women allowed in her hall as well. Again, I don't want to give away too much, but boy, I can't wait for the second book. This book keeps you on your toes. I NEED to know what happens to Amalia and Arminius from here on and it has been a long time since I felt like this about characters of a book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hehr

    Echoes of Germania is a thrilling page turner. This is a historical fiction where a young lady finds herself lost in time. Amalia has mysteriously travelled to Roman occupied Germany where she uses her skills in Judo and engineering to impress the Romans and win their trust and friendship. She longs for answers to why and how she was brought to this ancient time, and utilizes scrolls from the ancient libraries. The scrolls only bring more questions. This is a tale of intrigue, secrets, deception Echoes of Germania is a thrilling page turner. This is a historical fiction where a young lady finds herself lost in time. Amalia has mysteriously travelled to Roman occupied Germany where she uses her skills in Judo and engineering to impress the Romans and win their trust and friendship. She longs for answers to why and how she was brought to this ancient time, and utilizes scrolls from the ancient libraries. The scrolls only bring more questions. This is a tale of intrigue, secrets, deception, scheming, and omens. I'm not the biggest fan of the artwork of the book cover. What captured my attention was the title and description. This book was hard to put down, and I eagerly await the next one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson

    This book was given to me by the writer. She asked for my honest opinion. Well here it is. The cast of characters are outstanding. This story has love an war, politics, truth, lies an mystery. You are pulled in from being to the end in a journey through Rome. Outstanding read. Looking forward to reading this series. I'll say this H.B Ashman you did a Damn fine job. This book was given to me by the writer. She asked for my honest opinion. Well here it is. The cast of characters are outstanding. This story has love an war, politics, truth, lies an mystery. You are pulled in from being to the end in a journey through Rome. Outstanding read. Looking forward to reading this series. I'll say this H.B Ashman you did a Damn fine job.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Petray

    Don’t Read Wow! Worst book I’ve read in years and I average a book a week. First, the unforgivable sin, is the poor history. Did the author even bother to do research? I know it’s fiction but it’s supposed to be historical fiction. If you are a Romaphile like me, please do not read this book. It will hurt. Secondly, my God, the protagonist is superwoman in a jogging suit! She’s capable of feats that are beyond mortal woman or man. Poorly, written tripe. I’m going to ask Amazon for a refund.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book for free through Netgalley.com in exchange for a review. I am not a fan of historical fiction. I never felt comfortable trying to grasp the idea that a person would get transported through time to somewhere in the past (it never seems to be the future). Most instances, the character ends up trying to not mess up the 'time line continuum' or does, and just doesn't care. But mostly I don't care for these types of stories is it dwells on a time period that I obviously know nothi I received this book for free through Netgalley.com in exchange for a review. I am not a fan of historical fiction. I never felt comfortable trying to grasp the idea that a person would get transported through time to somewhere in the past (it never seems to be the future). Most instances, the character ends up trying to not mess up the 'time line continuum' or does, and just doesn't care. But mostly I don't care for these types of stories is it dwells on a time period that I obviously know nothing about, so the absurdity of somethings to me, might be a possibility then, and it distracts me from the story. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Weird, right? I requested it (and received it) just on the description, even though it was describing something I normally do not like. I actually thought on it a couple days before even requesting. Though the story seems to start off slow, you have to understand the main character. I felt it was pretty vague, and overboard in the abilities, but not unbelievable. The story quickly gets into the whole time displacement and how she gets transported back in time, to the Roman conquering days in the Germanic region of Europe, which is parallel to where she lived in modern-day Germany. Obviously the German of 2000 is different than that of the early A.D. period, and amazingly, our main character has taken Latin in school, though she is a bit rusty in speaking it, AND it happens to be 'High Latin' that usually only high ranking soldiers and politicians use, versus the common Latin used by the masses. Our main character is captured, and through strokes of luck, is able to impress enough of the senior officers that she is worth keeping alive, and off the slave market. The romance part does enter into play, and there is a romance of a few years. This wasn't all sex scenes and 'oh what a hunk' type of writing, and covered a good four years. Our main character is now being escorted to Rome, from Germania, under the thumb of the death of her romantic interest and their son (though, we don't know they are dead yet, the story likes to make us think so). There she is imprisoned. I'm going to leave out the rest of the spoilers there. The mix of the possible mystic use of 'magic' by the people in the Germanic region is played throughout this story. The use of Norse mythology is mixed in as well. Our character has at least a couple interactions with a 'witch-woman' that are beneficial to the story, and the choices made/taken by said character. The politics - oh! The politics! I hate them - with passion in a story. But here the author did a well done job of making them part of the story, and yet not so overbearing and controlling in the story, it feels like you are reading a modern-day law book. From my history classes, and a few books, I have always understood the basics of Roman politics, and the machinations of the Senate, and the family/families related to the current Caesar. It is all very slick and nasty. I am definitely looking forward to the next book, as I would like to find out what happens next. I do not know for sure if this is the first work the author has done, but will be looking for him and possible other works as well. Though there is not much world-building in this story, because we know how the Earth is, and can relate to an early history Germany, I would like to see this author make a foray into a more fantasy world than one history based. I'm only giving 4.5 stars, only because the start of the story was pretty vague, and the skills given to the main character were obviously in place to make some of the story possible, therefore, making it even harder for me to believe. Expert Judo? Okay... possible. Learned three languages, including not only written, but spoken Latin? Possible, but highly unlikely. And that it would be 'High Latin'? I don't know, but I think 2000 years difference would affect the speech there as well. But I am not a linguistic professor.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    Echoes of Germania, H. B. Ashman Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Historical Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy, General Fiction (Adult) Its always a gamble getting a book from a debut author, there's no past stories to give you a flavour of the writing style, so I went in to this somewhat dubiously. In fact I didn't start it til about three weeks after receiving it, not convinced from the blurb I was going to love it, and yet intrigued enough to request. And then....once I delved in I was grip Echoes of Germania, H. B. Ashman Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Historical Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy, General Fiction (Adult) Its always a gamble getting a book from a debut author, there's no past stories to give you a flavour of the writing style, so I went in to this somewhat dubiously. In fact I didn't start it til about three weeks after receiving it, not convinced from the blurb I was going to love it, and yet intrigued enough to request. And then....once I delved in I was gripped. What a fantastic read. I really, really hope that H.B. sticks to the planned timetable of books two and three being out later this year. That would be fantastic! From the authors website: Echoes of Germania I (2020), Songs of Rome II (2021), Drums of War III (2021) I really liked Amalia, and as the story unfolded the relevance of her judo skills and engineering background became obvious, and were very important to the story and her place in it. I love that she's young, around 19 I think from memory, but strong in mind as well as body. She needs that when she finds herself not in some cosplay scene, but 2000 years into the past. At first there did seem to be battle after battle, but once Amalia was drawn in as more than a captive, once she began to make her place I was totally fixed on her, and what could/would happen. I loved the other characters too Arminius, who couldn't love him, Germanicus and of course Marius. I love when we have some not so nice characters too and of course here with Roman power plays they abound. Livia, Julia, Lucius, Gnaeus, all were deliciously manipulative. I enjoyed reading the day to day stuff, and learned a lot as I was reading. Few books I've read cover this period and my knowledge of Rome, Romans and the soldiers are really limited to films my late husband was addicted to. Spartacus, 300 Spartans, Gladiator, Troy, The Robe ( seems that one was out every Easter...) I'm not a film watcher, preferring my books, but you kind of absorb elements when they're constantly in front of you. There are useful additions about the Roman structures at the front of the book, and a glossary of main characters at the end and I found both of those very helpful. Its an interesting story, bringing in the harshness of life, the strangeness of living in the past for Amalia. And of course the mystery of Seers, the white owl, superstitions and whether Amalia being there is just bad luck, predestined, or part of a plan formed by the Seer when past events occurred. Its a great story, easy to read and yet complex enough to entertain and keep me reading. Some books are so light I end up flipping through, bored with the story. There's a romance here too, and I do love those, but its only a small part of the story, though becomes a strong core to later events. Stars: Five, a gripping read, one that kept me reading “just that bit more” and up far too late into the early hours! I'm really eager for the next two parts, and know this will join my back to back reading fest favourites. I love to totally immerse myself in another world, reading stories like this right through when all parts are out. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Echoes of Germania is a historical fiction / fantasy novel with plenty of action. The Protagonist, Amelia, is a strong-minded German engineering student with an expertise in judo, both skills that serve her well in this story. Echoes of Germania is the debut book in a series being written by historical buff, H. B. Ashman. Amelia has a distinct talent in judo. She is out on a training run when she hears a mysterious voice in distress. She runs towards the voice and ends up travelling back in time Echoes of Germania is a historical fiction / fantasy novel with plenty of action. The Protagonist, Amelia, is a strong-minded German engineering student with an expertise in judo, both skills that serve her well in this story. Echoes of Germania is the debut book in a series being written by historical buff, H. B. Ashman. Amelia has a distinct talent in judo. She is out on a training run when she hears a mysterious voice in distress. She runs towards the voice and ends up travelling back in time to the Roman empire where she is taken on as a slave by a Roman Legion. Amelia manages to gain her freedom by using her engineering expertise and then continues to travel with the Legion hoping to find her way back home. Meanwhile the politics of the Roman empire play out in the background and eventually entangle Amelia and those she cares about in an increasing spiral of danger and intrigue. Ashman is very true to the historical knowledge of the Roman empire. We learn a lot about the culture of that time. We see how they lived and how the efficiency of their armies made them one of the greatest world powers of all time. Amelia’s time travel is not a significant distraction for this primary storyline. I find all of the characters truly compelling. We learn a lot about each person and what makes them act as they do. We seriously start to love the good guys and we begin to hate their enemies. The author makes us take sides. The story itself is also very compelling. It is action packed and fast paced. There are exciting and intriguing subplots throughout, which keeps the reader enthralled. The book it is genuinely a real page turner and the ending is exciting. This book is truly for those that like a good story grounded in historical fiction particularly during the Roman empire. I give it a five on five. I want to think NetGalley and Timeless Papers for providing with a digital copy of this book. I have provided an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven Robinson

    Echo's of Germania Well this was a surprise to say the least :-) I was asked to read this and to give a review by the author and so I shall. First I love books about Rome, and read them avidly n this is not your normal Roman story oh no it brigs another of my favoured elements into it Sci-Fi/Fantasy :-O yep but possibly not in the way you might imagine LOL No aliens or any of that but a young girl from our own time thrown back in time to the Rome of Augustus and Arminius. Some of you might have he Echo's of Germania Well this was a surprise to say the least :-) I was asked to read this and to give a review by the author and so I shall. First I love books about Rome, and read them avidly n this is not your normal Roman story oh no it brigs another of my favoured elements into it Sci-Fi/Fantasy :-O yep but possibly not in the way you might imagine LOL No aliens or any of that but a young girl from our own time thrown back in time to the Rome of Augustus and Arminius. Some of you might have heard about him and his defeat of Three Roman legions in a rather dark German forest LOL but lets not dwell on that this is him in a earlier period. The girl is Amalia a young judo enthusiast who studies engineering and it is her story more than anything, now I don't want to give too much away (You need to read the book, believe me it is worth it) She is thrown back through time to a place and time she knows nothing of (well not much) she is enslaved but earns her freedom, finds love and looses it has to enter the arena to prove her innocence and gain her freedom or die trying. The Author knows her stuff when it comes to Rome and it's legions & political intrigue, she weaves a story that is compelling and very entertaining. The characters tend to draw you in and you find yourself rooting for them :-) even the villains of the story are worthy of a part in it and not simply one dimensional. Her battle scenes are second to non and the intrigue amongst the ruling family is brilliantly port raid. Now to be honest when I first read the plot line I was a bit sceptical but not now it was one of the best books I have read in some time, thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and can not wait for the next instalment :-)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alysse Stehli

    I wanted to like this book but I really struggled with whether or not I liked it. I think ultimately, I like the premise and the story, but I think the author can still grow in the execution of their writing. I put this book down for a couple months and had to force myself to finish it because I just lost interest after a while. I like the attention to historical detail and to aspects that most time travel novels don't consider - like the language barrier or how a "man" prior to the 19th or 20th I wanted to like this book but I really struggled with whether or not I liked it. I think ultimately, I like the premise and the story, but I think the author can still grow in the execution of their writing. I put this book down for a couple months and had to force myself to finish it because I just lost interest after a while. I like the attention to historical detail and to aspects that most time travel novels don't consider - like the language barrier or how a "man" prior to the 19th or 20th century could be someone in their teens. But at the same time, a lot of the problems felt too easily solved. Amalia adapted very quickly to Roman Latin based on her quasi remembered school Latin. In a lot of ways, Amalia just feels very much like a Mary Sue character with no real flaws and an ability to adapt to anything. I really struggled to connect with any of the characters because most of them felt pretty superficial, and there were so many opportunities to explore complex emotions - Like Arminius' feelings on being raised by Rome and being loyal to Rome after everything that happened to his father and tribe. The author doesn't shy away from the hardness and grittiness of historical war or life in other ways, and I think that would be interesting to explore. That said, even as I struggled with the book, the final chapter did have me drawn in and was quite exciting. I knew how it would end but it was very visually dynamic. Ultimately, I think this series has a lot of potential and is still an interesting premise. I just struggled with the first book a lot. Hopefully the later ones get stronger, although I'm not sure that I'll read them. I received a complimentary copy from the author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaffeeklatsch and Books

    I had to let this sit for a bit because I had some trouble deciding how to rate it. I liked the overall concept of the book. Young German woman from troubled family time travels 2000 years into the past. Amelia is a strong character, not only physical due to her being a judoka, but also emotionally. AND she's smart too - she's an engineer. *SPOILER ALERT* The problems I had with it was the complete lack of fear or anxiety and trying to get back to her family was maybe mentioned a couple of times an I had to let this sit for a bit because I had some trouble deciding how to rate it. I liked the overall concept of the book. Young German woman from troubled family time travels 2000 years into the past. Amelia is a strong character, not only physical due to her being a judoka, but also emotionally. AND she's smart too - she's an engineer. *SPOILER ALERT* The problems I had with it was the complete lack of fear or anxiety and trying to get back to her family was maybe mentioned a couple of times and then she kind of forgets about it. The fact that she was having difficulties speaking Latin at the beginning and then one page later can speak it fluently was not believable. Also, everyone wants to get into her pants... toga? I didn't mind the bridge construction so much, but the fact that I was completely thrown off when fast forward she's married and has a kid and was contempt with life as a Roman mistress. I was like WHAT?! I didn't anticipate the story going into this direction and I'm still not sure if I personally enjoyed this development. To sum it all up this was a mixed bag for me. Echoes of Germania is part of a series and I can recommend this to readers who enjoy a historical romance with time travel. If you enjoyed Outlander, you might like this. Thank you Timeless Papers and Netgalley for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    ⚙️⚙️ONE SENSATIONAL JOURNEY⚙️⚙️ Sizzling saddles sam! Ashman blows through like a breath of fresh air with this fabulously compelling thrill ride, threading through time as futures are forged and battle lines drawn, propelling this incredible tilt-my-world to new heights. Unpredictable events and stunning mishaps descend in a bevy of riveting drama, gripping intrigue, underlying currents, mounting danger, electrifying suspense, nailbiting situations and gut-wretching lessons, wrapping this gem up ⚙️⚙️ONE SENSATIONAL JOURNEY⚙️⚙️ Sizzling saddles sam! Ashman blows through like a breath of fresh air with this fabulously compelling thrill ride, threading through time as futures are forged and battle lines drawn, propelling this incredible tilt-my-world to new heights. Unpredictable events and stunning mishaps descend in a bevy of riveting drama, gripping intrigue, underlying currents, mounting danger, electrifying suspense, nailbiting situations and gut-wretching lessons, wrapping this gem up sleek, shiny and tight. Broken perimeters and blurred boundaries dissolve as restrictions are wrought and forced while deadly twists and perilous turns unfold, reaching deep for every ounce of strength in a fierce surge of preservation, jetting this mind-blowing masterpiece to life spectacularly. The characters are complex, genuine and realistic with traits and qualities that balance and blend, with amazing depth and diversity with enough spice to add an extra kick to the mix. The scenes are abundantly descriptive with colorful details that blend and flow, creating a majestic backdrop so rich and lively it feels as though you're part of the story instead of on the sidelines, feeling everything the characters feel. Remarkable job Ashman, thanks for sharing this awesome little gem with us.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Britta

    The politics of legions and senators made accessible by a deft hand. H.B. Ashman clearly has the reins held tight on Roman history. Though the story could have been told just as well without the conceit of "a woman out of time", the addition of a curse to play into the Germanic religions versus the Roman pantheon is an enjoyable addition to what is, completely, an engaging story. I am not quite certain the time travel aspect is even necessary, when a woman from the Tribes could work just as well, The politics of legions and senators made accessible by a deft hand. H.B. Ashman clearly has the reins held tight on Roman history. Though the story could have been told just as well without the conceit of "a woman out of time", the addition of a curse to play into the Germanic religions versus the Roman pantheon is an enjoyable addition to what is, completely, an engaging story. I am not quite certain the time travel aspect is even necessary, when a woman from the Tribes could work just as well, but who am I to complain - I love Outlander just like the rest of us do. Otherwise, Echoes of Germania was a complete surprise. I expected to be rolling my eyes and instead found myself trawling Wikipedia and the writings of Tacitus while falling further into awe with what Ashman has achieved. This is no easy topic to cover, and Ashman deftly weaves together the politics of Rome, the personal relationships between senators, the Emperor and the Legate without once boring the reader into dulled eyed, page flipping oblivion. There is some hefty applause to be given towards the monumental effort of keeping all of the legionnaires, legate, equestri, Cherusci, senators and their cohorts in line, and I am duly impressed. Absolutely looking forward to how all the odds, ends and bits come together in the Teutoborg Forest.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    4.5*’s. Watching Amelia thrown back in time to 9AD Rome, there was a lot of political posturing and scheming to try and follow. So many similar names, family connections and hidden political agendas! It seems that Amelia and Arminius were destined to connect in some way right from the beginning. The prophecy from the seer that emerged from the prologue kept me watching for hidden meanings and actions in the story. I found that I really enjoyed the portions of the plot where Amelia was involved o 4.5*’s. Watching Amelia thrown back in time to 9AD Rome, there was a lot of political posturing and scheming to try and follow. So many similar names, family connections and hidden political agendas! It seems that Amelia and Arminius were destined to connect in some way right from the beginning. The prophecy from the seer that emerged from the prologue kept me watching for hidden meanings and actions in the story. I found that I really enjoyed the portions of the plot where Amelia was involved or had direct contact. While I enjoy historical aspect, it is the personal connections that the characters make within the story that I enjoy the most. For me, more of these connections emerged near the end of the story. And yet questions remain. What is Amelia‘s role in this time and what is her destiny? Is she to be involved within the history of Rome or find her way back to her own time? While the ending was somewhat satisfying, it felt like there was still more to come. I really hope there is a follow up novel that answers these questions. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Traumrealistin

    I received this book as a reading copy via Voracious Reader Only for an honest review. I listed fantasy and SF novels as my preference, but this book only counts as fantasy in a broad sense. It's more of a historical novel with a touch of fantasy, which is already described in the book description. At the beginning it irritated me, but I quickly got caught up in the story and the style of narration. Because the author can tell a story well. Main and secondary characters are well characterized and I received this book as a reading copy via Voracious Reader Only for an honest review. I listed fantasy and SF novels as my preference, but this book only counts as fantasy in a broad sense. It's more of a historical novel with a touch of fantasy, which is already described in the book description. At the beginning it irritated me, but I quickly got caught up in the story and the style of narration. Because the author can tell a story well. Main and secondary characters are well characterized and the described places I could imagine very well. I know very little about Roman history, so I can't say how accurate the descriptions are, but I now feel I have gained some insight. And that is what makes a good story. So far, I've read historical novels for example by Barbara von Bellingen and Andrea Schacht (German authors), and H. B. Ashman lines up with them with her quality writing style. The book ends with a mild cliff-hanger and leaves me wanting more. I'm looking forward to the next one, which is announced for this year.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Osburn

    WOW! I love it! and it was way out of the era that I even read! I am hooked on the Viking era, historical fiction and time travel, and have avoided the Roman time period books completely. For me time travel is hard to write, because so many do it the same and is not as intriguing. But not with Echoes of Germania! The author has done this story in a way it just draws you in. What I liked about it? First I liked the time travel mysterious part of the book, and immediately liked the characters and WOW! I love it! and it was way out of the era that I even read! I am hooked on the Viking era, historical fiction and time travel, and have avoided the Roman time period books completely. For me time travel is hard to write, because so many do it the same and is not as intriguing. But not with Echoes of Germania! The author has done this story in a way it just draws you in. What I liked about it? First I liked the time travel mysterious part of the book, and immediately liked the characters and stars of the book, Amalia, Arminius, and Marius. The writing flows good, with good details that are not so boring details that I would skip over reading, the intensity, the betrayals, generalized character of the people of the storyline was excellent and kept me turning the pages. It made me cry, and that is a major accomplishment as few books get me to cry, that's when I know it's a great book! I will be anxiously waiting for the second book of this series to come out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bek (Stories With Bee)

    I don’t know any other way to express it, but this book was absolutely amazing! For fans of Game of Thrones and Outlander, this book is about Amalia who is studying to be an engineer and is on track to be an Olympic Judo champion. Her life is flipped upside down when she is caught out in a storm and she is suddenly transported 2000 years in the past to Roman times. I couldn’t believe how quickly I got hooked on this book. It was a fantastic read with such an interesting storyline. The characters a I don’t know any other way to express it, but this book was absolutely amazing! For fans of Game of Thrones and Outlander, this book is about Amalia who is studying to be an engineer and is on track to be an Olympic Judo champion. Her life is flipped upside down when she is caught out in a storm and she is suddenly transported 2000 years in the past to Roman times. I couldn’t believe how quickly I got hooked on this book. It was a fantastic read with such an interesting storyline. The characters are all so thought out and are extremely expressive in their own unique way. The historical elements are as accurate as possible and are also respectful of some incredibly rich and complex cultures. This book does feature heavy depictions of war, violence and does use strong language. It is recommended for the older ages within the YA bracket, as well as new adult and adult readers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    Fans of Outlander and Netflix’s Barbarians will really love H. B. Ashman’s Echoes of Germania (paper from Timeless Papers) which sends a young woman from today back to a decade before the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. Arminius, the future general of that war and Marius, a famous Roman General who are in the middle of a campaign against a German revolt when engineering student Amalia Weber is sent back in time by a witch. Amelia has been trained by her bronze medal winning father in Judo and someho Fans of Outlander and Netflix’s Barbarians will really love H. B. Ashman’s Echoes of Germania (paper from Timeless Papers) which sends a young woman from today back to a decade before the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. Arminius, the future general of that war and Marius, a famous Roman General who are in the middle of a campaign against a German revolt when engineering student Amalia Weber is sent back in time by a witch. Amelia has been trained by her bronze medal winning father in Judo and somehow took Latin in high school well enough to keep her alive (and not raped) until she can prove herself with Judo and bridge-building ability. Ms. Ashman captures the grit and bloodiness of that period and ends this portion of Amelia’s tale with an exciting Chariot race. I look forward to more of the tale.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dilys Guthrie

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. I was a little sceptical when I first read the synopsis, a girl training for the Olympics in Germany, taken back to ancient Rome. How wrong was I. I was gripped from start to finish! I will not give any of the plot away, except to say history and fiction are well entwined. A girl from the 21st century, living and surviving with the Romans, firstly as a slave, using her knowledge to help them aga I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. I was a little sceptical when I first read the synopsis, a girl training for the Olympics in Germany, taken back to ancient Rome. How wrong was I. I was gripped from start to finish! I will not give any of the plot away, except to say history and fiction are well entwined. A girl from the 21st century, living and surviving with the Romans, firstly as a slave, using her knowledge to help them against the tribes of Germania and then becomming very involved with one of the commanding officers. A very well written book. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    melissa

    Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review of, Echoes of Germania, by H.B Ashman. Wow! This book has everything that a 5 star book requires! Amazing characters, well written storyline, fantastic historical information, and a wonderful adventure! Did I mention, time travel! Sci-fi aspects, omens, and epic battles! This book kept me turning the pages with anticipation and absolute joy! The cover art is what drew me in, and the way the author added her obvi Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review of, Echoes of Germania, by H.B Ashman. Wow! This book has everything that a 5 star book requires! Amazing characters, well written storyline, fantastic historical information, and a wonderful adventure! Did I mention, time travel! Sci-fi aspects, omens, and epic battles! This book kept me turning the pages with anticipation and absolute joy! The cover art is what drew me in, and the way the author added her obvious knowledge on Rome and the plot without boring me; kept me going. I am definitely going to be looking for more from this author!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cody Phoenix

    I knew I would love this book just from the subject matter but I was thoroughly impressed and riveted to the book till the last page! It's a nice melding of ancient history (many of the characters from my own lineage) and fiction to form a well rounded plot with strong characters, including the female protagonist Amalia. If you're interested in early Roman or Germanic Tribe history and can take a wee bit of the whimsical (time travel) then you should really check Echoes of Germania out for yours I knew I would love this book just from the subject matter but I was thoroughly impressed and riveted to the book till the last page! It's a nice melding of ancient history (many of the characters from my own lineage) and fiction to form a well rounded plot with strong characters, including the female protagonist Amalia. If you're interested in early Roman or Germanic Tribe history and can take a wee bit of the whimsical (time travel) then you should really check Echoes of Germania out for yourself. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This book is a really excellent read. A well written story centred around some well known historical figures and events from ancient Rome - but with a twist that will appeal to sci-fi/fantasy lovers as well as lovers of all things Roman. It hit all the right spots for me - the pace was great, a very easy read and with the right balance of description and action throughout. Can't wait for the next instalment - Keep up the good work. This book is a really excellent read. A well written story centred around some well known historical figures and events from ancient Rome - but with a twist that will appeal to sci-fi/fantasy lovers as well as lovers of all things Roman. It hit all the right spots for me - the pace was great, a very easy read and with the right balance of description and action throughout. Can't wait for the next instalment - Keep up the good work.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book but, irritated that there is not more to be read as the ending left me high and dry. It really needs closure. I can only hope there is a second book to tie up the rest of the story if not many more books. I like time travel novels and this one was great as I enjoy Roman history also. The characters were done well and the story was very smooth to read. Some more please from H.B. Ashman! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Руслан

    I was given the opportunity to read the book in advance and I do not regret it - I think that readers who are just starting it will like it. The book has an interesting female character; the element of time travel is also interesting, as well as the description of Roman life - by the way, even in the first pages the book provides interesting facts about ancient Germanic and northern mythology. Easy to read, the style is not burdensome - I will read more from the author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jade Zahreddine

    A solid read: It was well-edited and the setting and story were fleshed out strongly enough to not be tedious. It's not a Scott Lynch or anything that rich or compelling, but the politics and descriptions are believable. It's basically a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court except it's a German engineering student in Rome and she spends less time modernizing Roman times than I was led to believe by other reviewers and the synopsis. I am interested in the next book. A solid read: It was well-edited and the setting and story were fleshed out strongly enough to not be tedious. It's not a Scott Lynch or anything that rich or compelling, but the politics and descriptions are believable. It's basically a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court except it's a German engineering student in Rome and she spends less time modernizing Roman times than I was led to believe by other reviewers and the synopsis. I am interested in the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Grace Malo

    I absolutely loved this book! This time period is not something I usually read, but I'm so glad I did. The character's were really well written and likeable and I was so pulled into this world. It has a outlander/game of thrones vibe. I stayed up the whole night reading this. 10/10 would recommend. I just wish the next book was out already. I absolutely loved this book! This time period is not something I usually read, but I'm so glad I did. The character's were really well written and likeable and I was so pulled into this world. It has a outlander/game of thrones vibe. I stayed up the whole night reading this. 10/10 would recommend. I just wish the next book was out already.

  29. 4 out of 5

    arthur w watson

    Good story This was very interesting story it was very well written the author obviously did research about that time period and it shows these types of time displacement are one of my favorite type of books to read and this is one of the better ones looking toward to the next in the series

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam Smith

    Did not disappoint This was a great historical/ time travel action romance read. Amelia was a great lead character and you can feel how scared, nervous, and confident she is throughout the book. It was certainly an interesting take on modern sensibilities in a time when life was worth only what someone was willing to pay for it. Can’t wait for the next book.

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