Arms of Nemesis
2 journalers for this copy...
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Conto in Portugal has requested this book and I'm only too happy to see it head off to a new home. Her request prompted me to move this up the TBR pile and I'm glad I did. I now look forward to two more books in this series that are lurking somewhere in my bookshelves.
Happy New Year Conto.
Set in 72 B.C., during the slave revolt led by Spartacus and eight or ten years after the events portrayed in "Roman Blood", this book takes us to 'The Cup' - the bay of Naples, where Gordianus has three days to find the real murderer of the cousin of Marcus Licinius Crassus, one of, if not the wealthiest man in Rome, who shared the first triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey and the one who eventually defeated Spartacus (even if universally regarded as one of history's biggest losers, as Saylor puts it).
Apparently killed by two slaves who have run away, allegedly to join Spartacus, the widow of Lucius Licinius wants to get to the bottom of the affair, due to the decision of Crassus to follow an ancient Roman law witch decrees that when a master is killed by a slave, the remainder of the household's slaves must be slaughtered, in this case, the villa's other 99 slaves.
As before, the best in this Steven Saylor's book is his extraordinary capacity to take us to the place and time he's describing: the baths, the paintings and sculptures, the feasts with it's delicacies we almost can smell and taste, the Sybil's cave and the feelings experienced by those who go to her, as well as the portraying of the characters, especially Crassus, are absolutely perfect, without being boring or excessive.
I will now try to find the next one on this series and continue to follow Gordianus in his discovery of the Roman ancient times!
Once again, thank you so very much for this treat, bluenoser. :-)
ANd it's back, without having been read! :-(