This title will be released on May 4, 2017.
In a darkened cell, a brutally deposed dictator lies crippled – deprived of his power, his freedom – and his eyes.
On the edge of utter despair, his only companion is the young boy who brings him his meagre rations, a mere child who fears his own shadow. But to one who has held and lost the highest power, one thing alone is crystal clear: even emperors were mere children once.
Ten years later, the new ruler’s son watches uneasily over his father’s empire. Wherever he looks rebellion is festering, and those closest to him have turned traitor once before.
To this city in crisis comes a hugely wealthy senator from the very edge of the empire, a young and angry ward at his heels. He is witty but inscrutable, generous with his time and money to a leader in desperate need of a friend – and he wears a bandage over his blinded eyes.
The fallen emperor’s name is Nero.
But this isn’t his story.
I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review. I read the blurb and liked the sound of it, it was something a bit different from what I would normally read so I thought I would give it a go. I did find pronouncing some of the names hard but in the end I just made up my own names for them and it worked. I found the story a amazing recreation of Ancient Rome and what happened in that era utterly fascinating. I can’t believe that this is David’s first book as I found it brilliant. An author to look out for.
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