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Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)

This is my kind of book. I love historical fiction where at the end the author goes through and tells you what is truth, what is complete fiction, and what is embellished truth. Phillipa Gregory does this and I appreciate the same trait from Iggulden. This is one of four in a series and alone this book is a little frustrating. It's a good beginning but by itself there isn't much in the way of a complete story. At the end you get the feeling of having only just finished the prologue or the introduction. That said, I think having read such a thorough beginning and building that historical foundation and attachment to the characters I'm sure the next three will be very engaging.

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