Friday, 22 January 2010



'Stop this fire, whatever it takes. I, your Emperor, order it'. The Emperor: Nero, Emperor of Rome and all her provinces, feared by his subjects for his temper and cruelty, is in possession of an ancient document predicting that Rome will burn. The Spy: Sebastos Pantera, assassin and spy for the Roman Legions, is ordered to stop the impending cataclysm. He knows that if he does not, his life - and those of thousands of others - are in terrible danger. The Chariot Boy: Math, a young charioteer, is a pawn drawn into the deadly game between the Emperor and the Spy, where death stalks the drivers - on the track and off it. From the author of the bestselling "Boudica" series, "The Emperor's Spy" begins a compelling new series of novels featuring Sebastos Pantera. Rich characterisation and spine tingling adventure combine in a vividly realised novel set amid the bloodshed and the chaos, the heroism and murderous betrayal of ancient Rome.


Manda Scott returns to a genre that she perhaps does better than a great many others as Rome this time is on the side of righteousness within the context of this tale. Not only do you get beautifully described scenes but also a principle protagonist that jumps off the page. Whilst he does come across initially as hard to like you soon learn within the tale as to his reasons in regard of personal attachment. Beautifully creative in an instantly identifiable Scott piece makes this something that is going to have make readers sit up and pay attention. Great stuff and I really can’t wait for the next novel in the series.

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