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Needs clear flagging as fantasy,
This review is from: The Death of Kings (Emperor Series, Book 2) (Paperback)
This book takes place in a parallel universe that bears significantly less ressemblance to classical roman history than the comic book Asterix.
Why can't Igulden write about fictional characters like Simon Scarrow so he can fantasise without being so gratingly irritating? Or make it proper fantasy by putting in clear impossibilities like wristwatches so everyone knows that's where we are...
The central premise of this series is that Brutus and Caesar are raised together. Given that Brutus was 15 years younger and the son of Caesar's mistress, this is laughable.
The author owns up that Mithridates was killed by Pompey, but doesnt mention that this occured an awful lot later. He thinks Caesar would have chosen to be in on the Spartacus event - whereas the reverse is far more likely, no glory to be had in defeating slaves. If he had and there had been any chance of making it sound good, he'd have written it up himself as he usually did.
I can't face reading any more though it would be amusing to see how he manages Caesar's habit of murdering women, children and old people in Gaul, the decimation he himself carried out, his notorious lechery (home we bring the bald whoremonger, romans lock your wives away...)and inordinate love of money. In this parallel world, he's probably buddy mates with Cicero and father to Jesus Christ, he probably conquers Britain too.
I'm horrified that I gave these to my son thinking they were historical fiction rather than fantasy.
And having enjoyed his Mongol series, this has made me realise that I now need to go and correct impressions he has given me that are likely to be 80-90% wrong.