I've always been interested in ancient Rome, and thought I had an understanding of its politics and history. But I was amazed at how little I knew of the persons and events that led up to the fall of the Republic and its transformation into the Empire.
But my experience with this superb novel was not just a history lesson- far from it. Harris takes you through these epic events in a very personal way. Tiro, Cicero's secretary, narrates and I developed a fondness both for him, Cicero, and their allies.
The main plot arts through one of the most pivotal and intriguing periods in history, yet the sub-plots and characters keep the novel intimate and personal.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am now downloading the first novel in the series (perhaps I should have started there). I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, Rome, politics, or simply rich character stories full of courage, betrayal, friendship, and drama.
These books are so good that I've spent the time since looking for things that even come close- I wish it kept on going with 4 more! Really, the story is so inspired and imaginative, yet close to its central characters that it really brings you into the world that Kay Kenyon so artfully constructs. Her creativity is truly impressive, the world imagined in such breadth and detail, and the story-arcs so engaging and entertaining. I love sci-fi/fantasy in theory, but so much is geeky garbage - this is most definitely not. No matter what your tastes, give these a try and get these books, you won't regret it!
After listening to Conspirata, I immediately downloaded Imperium and blew through it in a few days. I loved it almost as much as I did Conspirata. The narration is great, the story interesting and engaging, and the characters pull you right in. Loved it.
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