The first thing I liked and what really impelled me to start reading the series is that it covers a period in history that I wanted to know more about. I never really understood the linkages between Rome and Constantinople and the way Christianity worked back then.
Second, despite the publicity blurbs its really quite mild on the sex and gore (sorry about that). That helps make the book more authentic and somewhat more scholarly.
And third, I like the somewhat detective novel approach which allows the main character to cover a vast number of topics from sewerage systems, denizens of the underworld to eunuchs to wearers of the purple without necessarily being a part of them. His character Aelric and me were on a journey of discovery about the age, the people and Constantinople.
A couple of times I did a bit of Googling to check the author’s grasp of facts and found the odd discrepancy but nothing out by orders of magnitude. My overall feeling was reading a reasonably believable historical novel about a pretty opaque period of history.
I liked the book and will read the complete series.
Published on Amazon, 14th October 2014
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