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October horse - a let down,
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This review is from: The October Horse (Masters of Rome 6) (Hardcover)
I am a huge fan of Colleen McCullough's Roman series, and waited impatiently for some 3 years for the last volume. What a disappointment! I still enjoyed it, it was still a vivid portrayal of late Republic Rome, but a vital ingredient was missing. It is hard to pinpoint what, but at times it was crass instead of witty, the characterisation was unsubtle, too black or white, and it just did not match up to the previous volumes for me at all. Even Caesar himself seemed to have lost some of his quality since the last volume, and I was left with a feeling that the author was now putting in information for the sake of it rather than because it was essential to the plot, and it often seemed not to be integrated with her old fluency. Sorry, but this, for me, fell far short of her usual magnificent standard.