But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again unwillingly pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent - and the army wrong - by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.
Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso's luck is running short - again.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to the first book, Medicus.
©2008 Ruth Downie; (P)2008 Tantor
"A lively sequel to English author Downie's historical mystery Medicus....Immensely satisfying." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Who would guess that life and death in the far reaches of the Roman Empire could be so darn funny?" (Library Journal)
This is a good book for those who love stories of ancient Rome as well as murder mysteries.
The Roman medicus, Ruso, travels north with his female slave and finds himself embroiled in a messy murder, a possible native uprising and the ravings of a seemingly mad resident doctor to the Legion. Who killed, and beheaded, Felix? What happened to the head? And, in the absence of the actual culprit, who will be executed for the crime?
I first read this book under the title, Ruso and the Demented Doctor, and revisited it this time with the audio version narrated by Simon Vance. Mr.Vance has a very pleasant reading style although the performance of the female voices did become irritating at times. Also, at the beginning of the reading, there is a complete, and long, list and brief description of the cast of players to come, useful in the print version but simply annoying in the audio version where reference later is not easy.
This is not the more usual fighting-with-the-legions type of story, nor one based around known historical personages or events. It is a murder mystery set in an Anglo Roman background and filled with colourful characters involved in an interesting plot.
I loved the first book in this series, and the sequel did not disappoint. This follow-up continued to deepen the character development. As a fan of Roman history, I loved how the author made Roman Britain come to life. I'm not a fan of the mystery genre, so I can't comment on the quality of this book compared to other mystery novels--but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Simon Vance did a great job narrating. This is definitely worth reading.
I ordered this mostly because it was offered in a 3-for-2 special. I found it very engaging. Not being expert in Roman Britain, I cannot comment on the historical accuracy, but it seemed plausible enough to carry the story. I am looking forward to Book #1 and the rest of the series.
This book is the second in a series of 4 (so far) books by Ruth Downie about Gaius Russo and his slave/lover Tilla. I enjoyed the first book (Medicus) very much and plan to download other books in this series. Russo is a Roman doctor in Roman occupied Brittania and something of a detective. I enjoyed the crime solving aspects of the book, similar to modern whodunnits, but mostly I enjoyed learning about the Roman culture and doctoring skills of the time period (sometime during the second century). The narration of the book is very good. Overall, this is a great listen as is the first book in the series.
I read the first book of this series, "Medicus: A Novel Of The Roman Empire", some months ago and had a thoroughly good time listening to it. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately put this sequel on my wish list, but had not downloaded it to listen until a couple of days ago.
I have to admit that I was somewhat concerned that the second book would not be up to the standards of the first. It has been my experience that many sequels are not up to the first book in the series and I half expected to be disappointed. Fortunately my worries were unwarranted. This book is as delightful as the first and the characters are essentially the same. Russo is still trying to do his job and not get involved in any new problems, Tilla is still as strong minded and independent as before and events still keep getting the two of them in trouble.
Within the first 10 minutes I knew I was visiting an old friend again and was able to relax and enjoy the book. Time to put the third volume on my wish list.
i loved ms. downies previous work, however this one was lacking the interesting characters and mesmerizing atmosphere. i found it hard to even get through, which is unusual for me. stick with "medicus" it was superb, this was very very ho-hum.
I really learned quite a bit and have been applying the information. The only thing that was very distracting was that the writer/reader has an accent affectation that drove me crazy. His pronunciation of 'experiment' was expeeeriment. It wouldn't matter much except that he uses it hundreds of times.
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