With barbarians at the gate and enemies within, two men must fight for the soul of the Republic. In a cave hacked out of rock, two young boys appeal to the famed Roman oracle for a glimpse into their future. In the flickering torchlight, the Sybil draws the blood-red shape of an eagle with wings outstretched: an omen of death. As they flee the cave in fear, Aulus and Lucius make an oath of loyalty until death. An oath that will be tested in the years to come.
Narrator Nick Boulton brings this story of prophecy, courage, history, and adventure to powerful life in this audio edition of the opening chapter of the Republic series.
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"Historical fiction at its very best." (Historical Novels Review)
Unmissable. Firm favourite read by all the family. Thoroughly engaging. Have read twice already. Have four boys who all loved it aged between 16 and 23.
It's a little stiff but not a bad start to what is clearly intended to be a (perhaps lengthy) series of books. Also picks out an era of Roman history not tackled by anyone else I've read, which I guess everyone in this genre needs to do if they want to succeed. Characterisation is a little one-dimensional and cliched but that will hopefully improve in later books, which I do plan to get around to at some point.
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