“When silver from the Emperor’s mines goes lacking, Roman Imperial Investigator Quintus Valerius returns to Britannia. The province the place his brother died in entrance of him, and his profession within the Praetorian Guard abruptly ended. It is likely one of the final locations within the Empire the investigator needs to be posted. Along with his assistant Tiro, a local Briton, Valerius uncovers a conspiracy of fraud and rebel. The plot entails a resurgence in Druid exercise — and potential witnesses are murdered.
Belief is a commodity that’s scarcer than silver. Even the investigator’s former lover, Girl Julia, appears linked to the crimes.
Valerius begins to piece collectively clues that reveal a surprising reality — and forged a horrible gentle on his personal previous.
The 2 troopers now have a frantic race throughout nation with a handful of allies, in a ultimate battle to stop the lack of extra than simply silver.
The destiny of Britannia is at stake.”
This can be a debut novel, most excellently researched and one which ought to fulfill readers who take pleasure in a compelling historic novel with a posh protagonist who has private obstacles to beat, together with a process that quickly spirals into one thing greater than the poor man bargained for. Possibly Quintus Valerius will not be essentially the stoic, stiff-upper-lipped Roman that we often have a tendency to think about, however this was why I preferred him. He appeared plausible and human.
A lot of the different characters had been additionally attention-grabbing – the ladies in addition to the lads, the great guys and the dangerous guys, though maybe there have been some stereotypical characters, and one or two coincidences included to maneuver the plot alongside? However is not that the character of fiction? And I should be sincere, the stereotypes didn’t hassle me in any respect, nor spoil any of the leisure that Ms Rogers has created. Had this been a Regency Romance, these inclusions would, in reality, have virtually been anticipated.
There may be some chopping about the place location and plot is worried, and the thriller aspect does drift somewhat in locations, so a extra in-depth technical edit would have been of profit to tidy up these few cliched holes and among the dialogue – widespread new-writer errors – however this was an gratifying learn and Ms Rogers reveals promise for future books on this collection, so value a learn and an creator to look at I feel.
Reviewed for Discovering Diamonds
© Anne Holt