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This review is from: First Man In Rome (Masters of Rome) (Paperback)
To put it simply, I couldn't stop reading. A truly remarkable work of historical fiction based soundly in historical fact. As a fan of this type of literature, I heartily recommend this example.
Not a single character appears but is fully rounded and fleshed out; she happily delves back into a particular character's past then effortlessly brings you back to the current plot. The plots themselves are beautifully complex without being complicated. Her true masterstroke (amongst many) is in making each character human. The enemies of the books 'heroes' are not villains - simply differently minded. Even our protagonists are not above selfish or violent deeds. All is so well presented in the social and moral code of the time, without any modern comment, that you begin to forget you're reading a historical work.
Having finished this book, I was delighted to see that there are several more to follow. Until I get my hands on them I'm very happily reading the glossary!
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2009 13:09:51 BDT
looks great, which order does the books go in? thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2010 18:10:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2010 09:40:33 GMT
all the great novels in order:
first man in rome
Posted on 15 Jan 2010 09:42:46 GMT
Her true masterstroke (amongst many) is in making each character human.
YES! I liked that old rascal Marcus Aemilius Scaurus best and was truly sad when he died in volume 2 - I felt like I had lost a friend.
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