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Almost really good but....
on 16 May 2013
I love all things about ancient Rome be it a film, a book or a tv series and have enjoyed reading this book except for a couple of issues that I think might have been sorted out.
Mr Larkin writes really well; his prose is crisp, tight and not a word is wasted. His characters are real and believable and a lot of attention has been paid to small details which makes me think he has done a great deal of research about the era or is a military man himself. Just occasionally I caught a glimpse of a modern man speaking but mostly the story flows well.
However; the vision scene; what is that about and why? For a Roman military man that bit just didn't feel right although I understood the point of it eventually.
Additionally, the sex scene that wasn't. There was a perfect opportunity to insert (!) a good, not too explicit sex scene between Lucius and Marah and I felt it was unnecessarily cut short and just didn't work. I went from reading a great build up to 'having a cigarette' as it were in a paragraph. Ridiculous. Mr Larkin if you don't like doing sex scenes and they make you feel uncomfortable, let me know and just send me an email. As a romance writer, I can sort that problem out.
'Skeptical' is a word that popped up on a regular basis and I found myself on the look out for it after a while.
Finally, it was written in the first person which I don't like but that aside, it was an excellent book and I may well buy the next one in the series.