Galba’s Men by L.J. Trafford


A witty, jocose romp through the imperial reign of Galba, the second of the four emperors in a year.  Wonderful characters throughout, the story is told from the viewpoint of the slaves and freedmen who staff the Imperial Palace and who run the bureaucracy that runs the Empire.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the humor that permeates the pages of this book, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the well written intrigues and political machinations that bring home the stark reality of this unsettled period in Rome’s history.   It is the kind of tale that is; well let me put it this way :  I usually read three books at the same time and I divide my reading time between them pretty evenly….in this case, and in spite of the fact that the other books currently being read are really good, I broke protocol and couldn’t put this one down.  My only disappointment is that book three is not out yet.  4.7 stars and the coveted Hoover Book Reviews ‘You Gotta Read This One’ official seal of approval.  🙂

The Sword and the Throne by Henry Venmore-Rowland

Nice review of yet another series I now hafta read 🙂

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Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 352
Year: 2013, Pb 2014
Buy: Hardback, Kindle, Paperback
Source: Review copy

The Sword and the Throne by Henry Venmore-RowlandReview
Aulus Caecina Severus is triumphant. His lord Vitellius is poised on the edge of Italy, ready to march into Rome in a blaze of glory, emperor, supported on either side by his generals Severus and Valens, now Consuls. AD 68, the year of four emperors, explored in The Last Caesar, has now turned into AD 69, a year in which Rome could be at peace, led by men such as Severus. If only it were that simple.

The Sword and the Throne focuses on the events following the suicide of Otho, once master of Severus but now reduced to an elaborate artificial death, a crease of red self-drawn across his throat, his men defeated, now looking for a new leader. After his time of subterfuge…

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