25 February 2006

Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

Good but flawed fictionalized biography of Julius Caesar. This is just the first volume, dealing with his teenage years.

Overall, it's a good historical adventure yarn.

However, it has a few bits that don't seem to gel. There's a character with magic powers that are purely gratuitous - they do nothing for the story, just make you wonder why they're included. Many of the characters seem to have very modern internal lives.

Worth a look. I'm certainly going to read the next two (that I've been lent, I don't think I'd buy them).
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