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Can't think of a headline, but the book was great.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
I loved it. PERIODT!
Need more words? Sure! Here ya go.
Vesper has to face both her duty and her destiny and they are not aligned, but the new Caesar is going to make her path very clear for her, so no worries.
Not allowed time for youthful angst, she gets the full "chosen one" treatment from page one, and she runs before she walks, as is her way.
And you cheer her on for every step of it...
The beautiful world that was so richly built around that baobab in Chosen (prequel) is not here.
Here, is Rome in all her blighted glory. And the author once again gives us a world full of characters who, even if they only exist for one scene, whisper promises of deeper untold stories. (I'm especially curious about the dwarves. *spoilers* )
Very few of the characters come off as one dimensional, and one would surely get lost wandering the glowing threads of Ase that binds their stories together.
My only issue is a personal one, there is a situation/occurrence that occurs and I'm not sure that it was fully explained with the revelation of the baddie.. It may become clearer in the future books. I'm bad with delayed gratification, thats why I binge read.
One last thing...
Now that I've had a chance to wade into Vesper's time in Rome, I would probably recommend reading this series BEFORE reading the prequel. The worlds of Vesper's youth and adulthood are so different that it may be best to follow her on her quest in Rome before seeing where it all began.
But.. read your way.. I promise its gonna be good regardless.