Reviews for Wrath of the Furies, by Steven Saylor

traveller1's review

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Enjoyable, but a light read. Our young hero travels from Alexandria to Asia Minor and risks his life by rescuing his former teacher, the poet Antipater. The problem is that the evil king Mithridates, lifelong enemy of Rome, now rules the land, and plans to execute all Roman citizens within his sway.

Gordianus travels in disguise, as a mute Alexandrian. He succeeds in rescuing his teacher, but cannot prevent the execution of his fellow countrymen.

silverstarswept's review

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Ok, the first 75% was 3 stars, while the last 25% was like... 4.5 stars. This was maybe the darkest Gordianus book (although I haven't read [b:The Throne of Caesar|34953088|The Throne of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa #13)|Steven Saylor||58392880] yet), far outstripping [b:Arms of Nemesis|102712|Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa, #2)|Steven Saylor||1609422] in terms of lives at stake and outdoing [b:Rubicon|102711|Rubicon (Roma Sub Rosa, #7)|Steven Saylor||2804176] when it comes to tension throughout the book. I don't really have an explanation for why the first part didn't really do it for me the same way most of the previous books have, but the sheer fear and despair I felt throughout the final quarter really made up for it, and will form my lasting impression of the book.

assaphmehr's review

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A neat little adventure of Gordianus, detailing a particularly gruesome event in the Mithridatic Wars.
Saylor as usual places Gordianus at the edges, observing and participating unwillingly in real historical events. All this with the usual charming writing and amazing research and attention to detail.
It's a novel fans of ancient Rome will not want to miss.
[a:Assaph Mehr|14422472|Assaph Mehr|], author of [b:Murder In Absentia|29500700|Murder In Absentia (Felix the Fox, #1)|Assaph Mehr||46845657]: A story of Togas, Daggers, and Magic - for lovers of Ancient Rome, Murder Mysteries, and Urban Fantasy.