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on 8 April 2006
What can I say? As interested as I may be in the period this book failed to really capture my attention and keep me turning pages, wondering what was going to happen next (to be frank, in the end I read on feverishly to get it over with).
Set at the time when Constantine has recently acquired power, the protagonist Claudia is supposed to be one of his mother Helena's spies. An unlikely spy if you ask me, most of the time she dozes of under a tree somewhere and is caught off guard by someone else who then volunteers some helpful information. I bet you didn't think spying was that easy, huh?
On top of this Doherty had the luminous idea of providing many of the characters with names like 'Petronius the Pimp', 'Festus the Fornicator' or 'Sallust the Searcher' which makes it all seem like some kind of childrens' book really.
I was disappointed in 'The Cup of Ghosts' by the same author, so I for one will be stearing clear of Doherty's novels for a while.