Gods in Londinium

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Pub Date 17 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 25 Nov 2022

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Ikaros of Apollonis is a slave of the Roman Empire. But in the heathen wilds of Britannica, he may be about to save it.

His home city conquered, Ikaros of Apollonis, an engineer and physician, is now the slave of a Roman soldier. But his master is no ordinary soldier, and Ikaros is far from an ordinary slave.

In a characteristically Roman blend of pragmatism and superstition, he is widely admired – and feared – for his striking intelligence and ability to read minds.

So, who else would the empire choose to investigate the death of a hero, the spread of a strange religion, and a potential uprising among the native Celtic tribes?

In Gods in Londinium, Ikaros navigates the tensions between Britannica’s Celts and its Roman occupiers, defying attempts on his own life and those of the people he loves. In doing so, he’s drawn into negotiations that may spell the end of Roman Britain – or perhaps, quite the reverse.

Gods in Londinium gives its readers a fascinating and well-informed glimpse into life in Roman Britain. It’s a must-read for fans of John Drake’s other works, including Death in Londinium and Games in Londinium, and will delight readers with an interest in ancient history, as well as those who simply enjoy a good story, compellingly told.

John Drake trained as a biochemist and pursued this until 1999, when he became a full-time writer of historic fiction. He has written many popular novels, including a prequel to Treasure Island called Flint and Silver. He is married, and has a son and two grandchildren.

Ikaros of Apollonis is a slave of the Roman Empire. But in the heathen wilds of Britannica, he may be about to save it.

His home city conquered, Ikaros of Apollonis, an engineer and physician, is now...

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This is the third book in the Londinium series, having read the previous two entries I was excited to jump back into Rome with Ikaros of Apollonis.

In this installment we get to tag along as Ikaros attempts to solve a murder while navigating the tensions and hostilities between the Celts and the occupying Romans, and attempting to keep himself and those he loves safe.

As usual John Drake has done a fantastic job of transporting the reader into the story's setting, in this case Roman Britain, this book is packed with detail, mystery, intrigue and suspense.

A fantastic continuation of the Londinium books.

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Kept you wanting to know what happened next. Story heat to the point never losing interest. Can’t wait until the next book.

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John Drake has once again written a story that will capture your attention and make you curious about the time of Roman Britain.
We meet Ikaros of Apollonis, a Greek slave in absence of the Emperor living in the home of Morganus Fortis Victrix, First Javelin, Hero of the Roman Army, Father of the Legion and Chief Priest of the Legion in Londinium. Ikaros is a highly intelligent man who is both a surgeon and an engineer as well as a noted military man in the Greek army until he was captured by the Roman Empire. He is also empathetic and clever. He is said to have the ability to read minds and is widely feared and admired by those in high places and low where superstitions abound.
Morganus along with Ikaros are called upon to look into some disturbing instances of the occult and acts of violence as practiced by the local Druids. This leads to many mysteries, danger to Ikaros and those he loves, a lot of politics and scheming among the Roman elite and the Druidic circles and clever negotiations with the Druids and Roman politicians that may spell the end of Roman rule or save it.
If you like a good mystery with a hearty dash of historical lessons that include Celtic Britain and the Roman Empire; you're gonna love this one!

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