Sol Invictus – Review

Litercurious Book Review

TitleSol Invictus (book 2 “Eye of Ra” series)
AuthorBen Gartner
PublisherCrescent Vista Press (February 1, 2021)
FormatKindle, Paperback
Pages / File300 / 3901 KB
GenreChildren’s Historical Fiction
ISBN 10/13173415523X/ 978-1734155235


Find out about Ben Gartner and The Eye of Ra series here.


Sol Invictus is the second book in the Eye of Ra series. It continues the adventures of its two main characters Sarah and John.

Sarah and John are pre-teens that are transported through time to the ancient Roman frontier. There they must unite the Roman Emperor Caesar Constantius with an enemy to save the time line and return home. This proves to be a difficult task since his enemy, the Alemanni teen Crocus, was made a slave after the Emperors soldiers killed his father. Crocus hated the Romans and only wanted revenge for his father death.

Sarah and John go through a lot of death-defying adventures to accomplish their task and return home. They fight in the arena, go on the run from the Romans, are turned into slaves, fight wild wolves and much more. The odds seem insurmountable, but they must endure if they ever want to get back to their own time and family.


Sol Invictus is an action-packed adventure into ancient Roman times. Mixed with a little history and a lot of imagination this book has it all for a young reader. There are ancient sword and shield battles, arena fighting with wild animals, chases through rough mountainous country, the defeat of capture and slavery, and the joy of friendship and camaraderie. This book has plenty to keep a young reader enthralled.

My only criticism is the constant referral to the first book in this series. My OCD wanted me to stop reading this book and start at the beginning of the series. Sol Invictus is a strong book and can stand on its own without the constant reminder of the previous book. If you can get past this little inconvenience, then you will truly enjoy this story.

My final thoughts on this book are: it is a great read. It has a lot of action and suspense, there are times of joy and sorrow, but overall, I’m glad I read it. Now, I must go get the first book, so I can appease my OCD.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


I would like to thank Ben Gartner, NetGalley, and Crescent Vista Press for affording me the opportunity to review Sol Invictus.

Star Wars: Ahsoka – review

Litercurious Book Review

TitleStar Wars: Ahsoka
AuthorE. K. Johnston
NarratorAshley Eckstein
PublisherDisney Lucasfilm Press (October 11, 2016)  
/ Listening Library
FormatKindle, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback
Pages / File371 / 2616 KB / 7 hours 4 minutes
GenreScience Fiction


Find out about E. K. Johnston here.


Star Wars: Ahsoka covers Ahsoka’s time after Order 66 to joining the Rebellion. It describes her struggles to remain hidden from the Empire while trying to survive alone. Along the way she bounces from planet to planet one step ahead of the Empire and the Inquisitors. However, unable to deny her true self and Jedi training, Ahsoka can’t resist helping people that are being suppressed by the Empire. Whether she is trying to protect a force sensitive child, helping stranded wayfarers, or protecting an entire planet; she wages her own private battle against the Empire. Eventually her exploits attract not only the attention of the Empire, but also the Rebellion Alliance. Ashoka finally comes face to face with the Inquisitor that has been stalking her! She has to go through him if she is to save a planet full of people.

Read the book or listen to the audiobook to discover what happens and how she got her new white light sabers.  


Ahsoka Tano is my favorite Star Wars character of all time. I am so glad that this book explains what happened to her after she left the Jedi order at the end of The Clone Wars and prior to her reappearance in Star Wars Rebels.

I have listened to this audiobook several times, and each time I love it more. Narrated by Ashley Eckstein, who voiced Ashako Tano in both The Clone Wars and Rebels, she brings the character to life again. The audiobook is exquisitely done complete with sound effects. To get the full experience, the book needs to be listened to with headphones. With earpods the extra background sounds and nuances just add anorther level to the listening experience.

I admit that I am a big Star Wars fan, I love Ahsoka’s character, and I love this book. It may not have as much action as some are used to; but given that she is in hiding, I believe it has the best balance of clandestine strategy and warfare.

I whole-heartily recommend this audiobook for anyone who is an Ahsoka Tano fan.

Rating: 5 out of 5.