Imperium by Robert Harris

I love historical fiction – and my word, this is historical fiction at its best. I loved this book. The story revolves around Cicero and his climb into the top places of Roman politics. The story is told from the perspective of Cicero’s slave who is also his scribe.

Right from the beginning Harris draws you into the world of ancient Rome. His descriptions are rich but not over done – you easily image the scenes as he describes to you the Senate room, Pompey’s villa, Cicero’s home. The book never stalls and you are constantly taken to each event in Cicero’s life without over dramatization or unlikely segues. A great read. I will now read the rest of Harris’ books in this series.

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