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4.0 out of 5 stars Est ipsum bonum, 13 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Roman Mystery Scrolls: The Sewer Demon: Book 1 (Paperback)
I was looking forward to reading Caroline's new book, as I love 'The Roman Mysteries', although as 'The Sewer Demon' 's target audience is children, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as her previous books and I was proved right.

It's a great story, the main character is very likeable but the story is much too directed at young children for it to be placed in my 'favourite books' list along with 'The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina', 'The Sirens of Surrentum' and 'The Man from Pomegranate Street'.

The story is about a young boy, Threptus, who hears that there is a 'sewer demon' causing trouble in Ostia and thanks to Lupus' (one of the main characters in 'The Roman Mysteries') encouragement, he sets off with his new guardian Floridius to solve the mystery. He gets chased by some bullies and pushed into a sewer. The story is mainly about him exploring the sewer, finding clues about what the 'sewer demon' could be (by hearing people's conversations in the toilets (which are above him) and finding out what the sewer demon is, by nearly being dragged under the sewer water by it (yuck) and why it's causing trouble.

The book when the sewers are being talked about, mentions 'poo' and 'pee' by name a lot which I think young boys would love and find very funny, (or maybe that's just my cousin who grabbed the book out of my hand when he saw the words first mentioned ;) ).

All in all, I think the book is well worth buying as the story creates the Ancient Roman world in a really interesting way and brings it to life using well thought out, interesting, funny and likeable characters.

I doubt I'll read the book again as much as the majority of Caroline's 'Roman Mysteries' books, but I'm really looking forward to the author's next series of books 'The Flavian Trilogy' which are based around love and romance, as they'll be much more up my street I think. I've lost count of how many times I've read the romantic books that Caroline has written. :)
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