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5.0 out of 5 stars another fabulous book in the Roman Mysteries series., 18 April 2009
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These books have been a revelation to my 10 year old son, whose favourite subject is History. When he started reading them he became hooked immediately, even though he hadn't been keen to start reading the first one, as he didn't like the description of them, especially the fact that there was a heroine rather then a hero! He had been a reluctant though competent reader and now he is an avid reader with a reading age of 15. The books are involving, exciting, and very educational(without appearing to be for the child) and teach a lot of mythology, history, classics and even Greek and Latin words. If my husband or I read a chapter to him at bedtime we are also hooked and end up reading on ourselves. The subject matter can be quite adult though, as in this book, and I would not recommend it for any younger than a mature 10 year old- it hints at dark subject matter like child abuse and deals with kidnapping and other crimes that could give a sensitive child nightmares, for instance in previous books there have been very gory descriptions of killings etc. However this of course is just the thing to hook boys like mine in, as they love reading gory things, and it does seem removed from real life as it is set such a long time ago. We hear that the next book will also be the last in the series and don't know what we will do! Any recommendations for the next book or series to read anyone?
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2011 15:56:43 GMT
sammy says:
you should try the percy jackson series if you havent already, they are more of a fantasy genre but still based on ancient history and are action packed and addictive :)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2011 16:05:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2011 16:07:27 GMT
busybee says:
Hi Sammy
Thanks for the suggestion, in fact we are working our way through the Percy Jackson series at the moment so great minds think alike! He is 12 now and I think maybe the Percy Jackson chapters would have been too long at age 10 so now is a great time to be reading them. Inbetween he has read the Young Samurai series and the Ranger's Apprentice series, both highly recommended for lovers of historical series.
busybee.

Posted on 2 Jul 2014 14:07:18 BDT
Using a heroine suggests these books are also PC political propaganda which is manipulating young people.
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