Finally I got around to reading Conn Iggulden's first book in the Emperor series; why did I wait so long?
Loved it, wonderfully unashamed, sweeping historical drama for big boys! I’m sure scholars or the period might have something to say about the historical accuracy of the piece but in this case, who cares. Provided you approach this as light-hearted entertainment then you will not be disappointed.
"From the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that created an empire to the betrayals that almost tore it apart, the Emperor novels tell the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of the all: Julius Caesar."
Following Caesar as a young boy to his first, tentative steps into the Forum was absorbing and great fun, coloured as it was with such wonderful characters as Renius, the aging gladiator who is charged with his education in all things martial. I have absolutely no doubt that the remaining books in the series will have to be purchased at some point, possibly for summer reading. Definitely worth a look if you like intrigue, violence and a good old fashioned rip roaring story – four crowns!
Not to mention the inspiration for the this little piece!