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Sons of Rome (Rise of Emperors #1) by Turney, Doherty

I received a free copy of Sons of Rome from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!


I love reading historical fiction but still haven’t read much about the Romans. Somehow I always seem to gravitate towards the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks. Because of that, I was excited to finally read a historical fiction book about the Romans!

My Review

Sons of Rome by Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty, Book cover
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Sons of Rome is set in the Roman Empire from the 3rd-4th century AD. It follows the lives of two men, Maxentius and Constantine and their unlikely friendship. Both come from very different backgrounds and end up in different career paths. However, they always stay connected due to their mutual friendship. Until political tension intensifies and friends suddenly become rivals.


The chapters alternate between Maxentius’ and Constantine’s point of view, both written in the first person. Their voices are very different and distinct from each other. I could feel, that I was reading about to very different men. It was interesting to find out what happened to them next and how it was all connected.


The authors are very talented and clearly know a lot about Roman history. Their vivid descriptions of events and Roman society in general brought this time period to live. They managed to keep me glued to the pages till the very end. In fact, this book leads me to read more about the Romans, which might be the highest praise I can give.
I can’t wait to start the second book of the series, which is in my January TBR. I’m so excited!

It’s been a great chance for me to diversify my reading and learn more about different cultures. The Romans are connected to so many other ciclizations, it’s hard to ignore them. And pointless, if you ask me! πŸ˜‰


Have you read Sons of Rome? Are you interested in historical fiction and which book is your favourite?

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