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This review is from: Last Seen in Massilia (Roma sub Rosa) (Paperback)
Having read all of Steven Saylors Roma Sub Rosa series so far my thoughts are that with this novel Saylor at last breaks from capable into brilliant storyteller. The plot is densely woven and vivid, so I can can very easily forgive the occasional straining of belief- they are always required by the plot and never get in the way. First we are brought to Massilia- a city state which has fascinating parralells to the later Republics of Venice and Florence. A mysterious and forgotten world which now springs strongly visualised and engagingly to life. What is the meaning of the Sacred stone, and the scapegoat? What are the ways of this proud, brilliant, and ultimately doomed city? Among these, Gordianus tries to discover the fate of his adopted son Meto, more frustrated than helped by 'fellow' Romans and obtuse Massilians. I read this book over two night shifts, and am already halfway through the next one. Just really powerful, absorbing story-telling. Its been some time since any book has pulled me in so much!