Emperor's Knife

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 18 Nov 2019

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This book is right up my street, as I'm a lover of Roman historical fiction. I have read the first in this series so I was particularly excited when I saw that this was for review.
I enjoyed the book, the story was gripping, the characters where enthralling and I didn't want to put it down.....what more can you ask for in a book?

Well done Alex!
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Lovers of adventure novels set in Imperial-era Rome will gobble up this unusual book. The protagonist, Silus, is a "killer with a heart", a transplanted Briton whose lethal talents were spotted by the Emperor's spymaster. But which Emperor? The aged Servius has just died and his competing heirs, Caracalla and Geta, are locked in not-so-subtle combat for supremacy. Silus, by proxy allied with Caracalla, is both assassin and target. In an age where murder was the normal way of removing obstacles, Silus and his friends must tread warily.
But he doesn't, and when called to anihilate a noble but troublesome family, Silus chooses a young girl who reminds him of his own murdered daughter, spinning him into the sights of an enraged and murderous Emperor.
Loaded with historical characters and moments, the author has obviously spent an awesome amount of time in deep research. I did find the constant use of full Roman names and the considerable minutae of various customs and relationships unnecessary and a bit tiresome. Conversely, I did appreciate the historical endnotes...but I'm a history geek.
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This book was received as an ARC from Canelo Adventure in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not wait to preview this book, this book was across Gladiator and Ben Hur and I could not put it down. Every page I was smiling with excitement and I almost let out a big cheer but I did hold back containing my excitement because I am in a library. The drama, the conflict and the action between Geta and Caracalla while their father The Emporer is on their deathbed was so exhilarating that you can't help but to caught up in it all. While reading this book I was transported in the medieval time as a peasant woman observing all of the action of the brothers and the dark power they must possess. This book is full with edge of your seat excitement that will keep your eyes glued to the book.

We will consider adding this book to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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