The Seven Wonders (Roma Sub Rosa) Paperback – 2 May 2013
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An enthralling prequel to the Gordianus series from the bestselling author of Roma and Empire. Steven Saylor takes readers back to the younger days of Gordianus the Finder.
About the Author
Steven Saylor is the author of the popular and acclaimed historical mystery novels set in ancient Rome, the Roma sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder. His work has been widely praised for its remarkable accuracy and vivid historical detail as well as for its passion, mystery and intrigue. Steven divides his time between Berkley, California and Austin, Texas.
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Top Customer Reviews
Steven Saylor is a skilled writer and certainly knows more than a little about the Roman and Greek worlds. In the hands of a lesser author, this book wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.
It goes without saying then that it's therefore good to see Gordianus back. It's essentially a prequel set before Gordianus becomes the "Finder". The first book about him for some time it's actually also short stories (previously published in a surprisingly wide range of genre publications - SF, horror. mystery) and making it the third such volume in the sub Rosa series I believe. Inevitably some of the depth is missing and some of the plot devices feel a little contrived, but its a good read.
The device is a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world by Gordianus and his mentor Antipater. Once again it allows Saylor to show off how much research he has done; but here he does it in a much more realistic and entertaining way than in his more recent novels; But the characterisation is well done and by the end I realy wanted to see Saylor now move into a full novel around the younger Gordianus.
Not quite his sparkling best, but a good and interesting attempt and a return to the storyteller I love.
It is a well written work, almost a series of short stories, although linked by an over-arching theme, which only becomes apparent as you work your way through. It does not have the depth or intrigue that the books featuring the older Gordianus, but that is not really a problem; here he has the innocence and naïveté of youth, and proves himself a quick learner. Incidentally, you also learn a lot about the Seven Wonders!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Soooo happy to discover these prequels (with Raiders of the Nile) to the Gordianus the Finder stories, now I can read them all over again! Read morePublished 4 months ago by vivienne o'riain
Brilliant read adventure and intrigue all the way through the ancient world I recomend this very entertaining author with twists of compassion and humour in a very dark world... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew Burns
Along with many other reviewers I have enjoyed the Roma sub Rosa series and was looking forward to reading this but kept putting it off as I couldn't get past the first 40 odd... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Big Jim
a little dry, a little didactic, a little too many sexual encounters for the young man, but a fairly decent read, with good, interesting settings... Read morePublished 10 months ago by april