Roma Amor: A Novel of Caligula's Rome by Sherry ChristiePublication Date: April 15, 2016 Bexley House Books Paperback; 496 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction
Marcus Carinna hears a voice whisper, "Your turn," as he rides past his family tomb. An unseen presence also startles the Germanic priestess Aurima, whom he is bringing to Rome. But hardheaded Romans scoff at ghosts, and Marcus can't believe it's a warning from his brother, who killed himself three years earlier. 37 AD: To great acclaim, 25-year-old Caligula Caesar has become Rome's new master. No one is more pleased than Senator Titus Carinna, who helped him succeed to the throne. It's a shame the Senator's older son--Caligula's closest friend--committed suicide after being charged with treason. But that still leaves Marcus, his second son. Headstrong and hot-tempered, Marcus would rather prove his courage by leading legions against Rome's enemies than take his brother's place. Yet when his father orders him to befriend Caligula, he has no choice. Caught in a web of deceit, conspiracy, and betrayal, he will uncover a secret that threatens his family, the woman he desires, even his life... and may bring chaos to the young Roman Empire.
"The first installment in a page-turning saga that revisits the heroes and villains of the grandest city of the ancient world.... Comes alive with the long gone characters who were its lifeblood" -Kirkus Reviews
''Combines current political concerns, the wide lens of the serious historical novel, and emotional maturity and realism with an utterly splendid grasp of what it must have been like to live in Rome under Caligula's reign.'' -Sarah Smith, Agatha Award winner and New York Times Notable author
This first installment takes us to the hills of Rome, to an ancient time and introduces us to people who quickly become like family. Marcus is an amazing character. He is passionate, intelligent and fascinating. Even Caligula, a character maligned by history, is larger than life in this book.
It's a slow read, it must be to absorb all the details. Take your time reading to enjoy, sit back and be transported to Ancient Rome. Strangely enough, I see many parallels between ancient Rome and modern day America,hmm...can we learn from history?
I look forward to the next installment in this series. Sherry Christie has created a story that captivates and enthralls.