November - Books

November 30, 2016

A whole 6 books, due to the last 4 being around 250 pages I've sped through them this month.

Empire #7 The Emperor's Knives by Anthony Riches brings us back to Rome, somewhere we haven't actually been yet in this novel about Ancient Rome. As always there is danger, revenge, the possibility of favourite characters dying but luckily we get out of it pretty happily if a little battered.

Empire #8 Thunder of the Gods by Anthony Riches takes us to Parthia because Rome is no longer safe. To be honest, battling the Parthians doesn't seem much safer but at least it'll be a sword in the front and not potential poison at the dinner table. Of course it was never going to be that simple; battle, capture the enemy king's son and decide to take him home, into enemy territory? Yup that is just how stupid the main character is. [He's not stupid but finds himself in those kind of situations]. We do lose a second line character here that is a bit sad, but it all works itself out in the end.

SPQR #2 The Catiline Conspiracy by John Maddox Roberts is an interesting version of events. The SPQR series takes actual events that if you've read any pre-Emperor fiction about you'll know the jist of and puts our central character in the thick of it. I really would like to believe there was such a Roman as Decius Metellus [slightly longer name than that] who was for all intents and purposes, a detective.

SPQR #3 The Sacrilege by John Maddox Roberts is the infamous story of Clodius dressing as a woman and disturbing the scared rights of Bona Dea. The twist in this version is that he was not alone in dressing up that night and it was all to hide a conspiracy of the most important people in Rome. If I say Triumvirate you'll know who I mean!

SPQR #4 The Temple of the Muses by John Maddox Roberts takes us to Egypt. Rome is not safe for Metellus after the last book but it turns out neither is Egypt. He just can't help himself. Cue a 10 year old Cleopatra [half a page] and some religious trickery [is there any other kind] and Decius nearly get's all Romans in Alexandria murdered by a mob. Well done Decius.

SPQR #5 Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts surprisingly Decius Metellus is back in Rome. It's still not safe for him, but he's been recalled by the family over the death of the Censor, a relation. Yet again he deals with Clodius [one scene] and his sister Clodia, the widow of the deceased and as much as Decius hates her, she didn't actually do it. Turns out never trust a doctor!

Currently Reading

SPQR #6 Nobody Loves a Centurion by John Maddox Roberts.

Goodreads Progress

59 out of 60, 4 books ahead. I was hoping to have nailed the target by November 30th but it wasn't to be.

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