Caesar's Women, Paperback Book
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Book four in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 68 BC. Julius Caesar has proved himself a brilliant general.

But when he returns to Rome he lays down arms only to take up another battle: this time for political power.

This is a war waged with words, plots, schemes, metaphotical assassinations - but also with seduction and guile. Love is just another weapon in Caesar's political arsenal, for the key to political glory lies with Rome's noblewomen: powerful, vindictive Servilia, whose son Brutus deeply resents his mother's passionate, destructive relationhshiop with Caesar; Rome's revered Vestal Virgins; and even Caesar's own daughter, sacrificed on the altar of his ambition.


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Plot: Like the second half of <i>Fortune's Favourites</i>, this book suffers from being set in a time where no long-term events were taking place. The story deals with minor events that each take up a hundred pages at most, with connections between them sometimes tenuous. The narration picks up towards the end when the triumvirate forms, but before that it has a tendency to get lost in subplots. Characters: Caesar is turning out a touch too perfect and just isn't believable. Crassus and Pompeius are great and well drawn, as are some of the adversaries. The women suffer when it comes to characterization, and tend to come out a lot less interesting than the men. Style: The text feels slow. It's easier to get through than the previous volumes since the political maneuvering is not as complex, but the writing itself slows things down. Plus: Pompeius' characterization. The Catiline Conspiracy gets the attention it deserves. Minus: Servilia is so overdone as a harpy, she's painful to watch. Summary: As solidly researched as all the others, but this one lacks political events to fill the pages, so domestic affairs take up some of the space.

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