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An auspicious beginning,
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This review is from: Vespasian: Tribune of Rome (Paperback)
To be honest, despite having a list of books to read that's a mile long, I bought this largely on the strength of the title, Vespasian being one of my favourite historical figures. I'd not even read the blurb before I bought it and started reading.
I was therefore surprised and a little disappointed to discover as I read that this is a tale of the early days of the great man, long before the great events for which he's remembered.
Any negativity I felt was banished in short order. The book is simply marvellous and the tale gripping and wholly realistic, being solidly rooted in historical events regardless of its fictional nature.
The book is split into several parts and has something for everyone, from early farm-based childhood rivalries, through adolescence and intrigue in Rome, danger, flight and mystery, right to a full-scale military campaign with all the great detail an excitement to match any of the other great Roman fiction writers out there.
The great strength of Fabbri to me, though, is his characterisations. Vespasian is exactly how I would imagine a young version of the great man. The interplay between his family, particularly his grandmother and her chief slave, is charming to read. The highlight in characters for me, though, is Magnus.
I really look forward to the next Vespasian book and cannot recommend this highly enough to a fan of Roman fiction. Buy it. Read it. Love it.