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Masters of Rome (Rise of Emperors #2)

by Simon Turney, Gordon Doherty

Masters of Rome by Simon Turney, Gordon Doherty; book cover
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I received a free copy of Masters of Rome from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And I’m so grateful for that! After reading the first book in the Series, Sons of Rome (find my review here), I knew I had to get the next one. Surprisingly I enjoyed this one even more!

The story continues were it stopped in the first book. Constantine rules in Treverorum and has to overcome one problem after another. Aggressive “barbarians” wo cross his borders, his scheming father-in-law and of course the constant threat of his competing enemies, Galerius and Licinius. Not to mention his former friend, Maxentius, in Rome. Maxentius meanwhile has problems oh his very own: personal tragedies, rebellious Africans and troublesome Christians.

The two character of Constantine and Maxentius are so well-written and fleshed out. It’s a joy to spend some time in their heads (one each chapter) and read about heir thoughts. They are both very different characters, not always easy to like, but certainly relatable. I couldn’t say who of the two I prefer. Both have to overcome problems and each of them does it in his very own way.I kept hoping that they could somehow reach out to each other again and rekindle their friendship. But well, if you know a bit about Roman history, you know what has to happen…

Once again the authors managed to set the scene for their conflicts perfectly. They really brought Ancient Rome back to life and it’s clear that they know what they’re talking about. Throughout the book the tension kept growing and I found myself glued to the pages. For me it was a typical case of: Just one more chapter …. oh, 2 hours later already …. πŸ˜‰

If I could I would give them an extra star just for the historical note at the end. I love that in a historical fiction book, especially if it’s based on real historical events.

Like the first book in the series, I can definitely recommend Masters of Rome. It’s so well-written and enjoyable and exactly what I want in a historical fiction book. I can’t wait for book three, I think it’ll come to in 2021 as well. Highly deserved five stars!

I’m also happy to mention that this book was on my January TBR. It’s always nice if I manage to actually stick to a TBR as planned!

Have you read Masters of Rome, or books similar to this series? Please leave me a comment down below, I’d love to read more like it!

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