Afflicted by classic paranoia, the self-styled Master and God sees enemies everywhere.
As he vents his suspicions, no one is safe. A reluctant hero, Gaius Vinius Clodianus is hand-picked for high rank in the Praetorian Guard a brave man striving for decency in a world of corruption and deceit. Flavia Lucilla, tending the privileged women at court, hears the intimate secrets of a ruler who plays with the lives of his subjects as if he were indeed a careless god. In the dark shadow of Domitian's reign, Clodianus and Lucilla play out their own complex tale of resilience, friendship and love. Unwilling witnesses to Domitian's descent into insanity, these ordinary people must choose between their sworn duty to protect the Emperor and an act of courage that will change the future of Rome.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 15/03/2012
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781444707328
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Review by quiBee
Lindsey Davis is one of my favourite authors because of her Falco series, set at the time of Vespasian. Most of the books in this series are very well written and very enjoyable. <br/>This is a standalone book set at the time of the emperor Domitian.<br/>I did not enjoy this book because, as a novel, it didn't seem to hold together properly. It was a novel interspersed with history--perhaps all her Flavian research that Davis wanted to make use of? The hero and heroine seemed very reminiscent of Falco and Helena in their relationship, not necessarily a bad thing, but it just reminded me how much I was forcing myself to read this book, which I don't have to do with her Falco series.<br/>Read this if you'd like to learn everything you wanted to know about Domitian and his time period and Davis is very thorough here and puts in lots of interesting facts, but on the whole I wouldn't really recommend this book.