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A good fictional account about one of the great emperors
on 14 November 2012
This is the first in an intended series of a fictionalised version of the life of one of the most interesting Roman emperors. It is a good solid start. Starting when he is a teenager, the story gradually takes him nearer to the centre of power, and those who wield it.
The author does a good job of keeping up the pace of the story, whilst developing Vespasian's character, and his relationships with many of the people who will be important in the rest of his life - some friends, some enemies. He does well to show how Vespasian grows in stature, and learns to deal with those around him without it being too obvious, and this is quite a skill for a first time author.
I am looking forward to the next episode with interest.