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Gordianus and a return to form,
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This review is from: The Seven Wonders (Roma sub Rosa) (Hardcover)
Saylor's Gordianus books have always been a source of great detail allied with good storytelling and compulsive characters. For me, his recent detours into wider Roman history (Roma etc) became tedious self indulgent exercises where Saylor demonstrated his depth of knowledge without a reason to tell it all.
It goes without saying then that it's therefore good to see Gordianus back. It's essentially a prequel set before Gordianus becomes the "Finder". The first book about him for some time it's actually also short stories (previously published in a surprisingly wide range of genre publications - SF, horror. mystery) and making it the third such volume in the sub Rosa series I believe. Inevitably some of the depth is missing and some of the plot devices feel a little contrived, but its a good read.
The device is a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world by Gordianus and his mentor Antipater. Once again it allows Saylor to show off how much research he has done; but here he does it in a much more realistic and entertaining way than in his more recent novels; But the characterisation is well done and by the end I realy wanted to see Saylor now move into a full novel around the younger Gordianus.
Not quite his sparkling best, but a good and interesting attempt and a return to the storyteller I love.