Malco, elderly man, tells his grandchildren story of his youth when he joined his family and cousin Hannibal in fight against Rome. And he have a lot to tell. I'm not familiar with setting (219BC) but I wasn't confused as author does good work of telling and showing what kind of life it was for young and noble Carthage man. Sometimes I would prefer much more of showing and less telling, for example, I would have liked to read how Malco and his company crossed the Alps but instead we have Malco telling his grandchildren how it was. Change between young Malco's narrative and older Malco's comments were distracting. Overall it is good read for these who likes ancient history and wouldn't be freaked out of some gruesome scenes. I received this book for free in return for an honest review.