Colossus: The Four Emperors by David Blixt – Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway #FourEmperorsTour

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I received a free e-copy of Colossus: The Four Emperors for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

About the Book:

Publication Date: April 7, 2013
Sordelet Ink
Paperback; 406p
ISBN-10: 061578318X
Rome under Nero is a dangerous place. His cruel artistic whims border on madness, and any man who dares rise too high has his wings clipped, with fatal results.
For one family, Nero means either promotion or destruction. While his uncle Vespasian goes off to put down a rebellion in Judea, Titus Flavius Sabinus struggles to walk the perilous line between success and notoriety as he climbs Rome’s ladder. When Nero is impaled on his own artistry, the whole world is thrown into chaos and Sabinus must navigate shifting allegiances and murderous alliances as his family tries to survive the year of the Four Emperors.
The second novel in the Colossus series.

About the Author:

Author and playwright David Blixt’s work is consistently described as “intricate,” “taut,” and “breathtaking.” A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS’D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, and FORTUNE’S FOOL) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY’S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, “Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It’s well worth it.” Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as “actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order.”
For more about David and his novels, visit www.davidblixt.com.

My Opinion:

I do love me an ancient Rome tale and this is one for the ages. David Blixt knows how to set the stage and draw his reader into the world he is creating. In this case it’s the world of the Roman Empire in the time of Nero. We all know Nero; he was a little…..crazy. That left those living in his orbit in fear of saying or doing the wrong thing because he held the power of life and death over them. It’s also a tale of the conflict of the advent of Christianity into the world and the revolt of Judea and its monotheism against Rome and its many gods. The Jews in Rome are often the scapegoats for anything that goes wrong. It was a time ripe for change. The rich and powerful are running things with little regard for the poor and the enslaved and the Empire is starting to crack.

This is the second book of four yet it is not a sequel per se, it’s more of a bookend for lack of a better word. It tells the story of the Judean revolt from Rome’s point of view through the eyes of a Roman citizen, Titus Flavius Sabinus. He’s related to the general Nero places in charge of the Judean campaign so he hopes to rise as well. But it’s not his fate. In fact he learns from the Oracle at Delphi that he will remain lost to history which devastates him. He does what he can to fight his fate but….

I cannot tell you how engaging this book is. It’s not a quick read by any stretch but once you get into it, you will find it hard to pull yourself back out. There is a large cast of characters and with any Roman epic the names can sometimes get confusing but once you get it sorted and you adjust to the rhythm of the book you will not want to leave Ancient Rome. David Blixt is brilliant at setting scenes and creating characters that stay with you even long after you have finished. The smallest of details are finessed from the whitening of a tunic by a slave to the horrifying description of the aged Oracle at Delphi.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I cannot wait for the next two volumes in this detailed and well researched epic covering one of my favorite periods in history. It’s one of those books that just pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.

Rating:
5

You can see the Colossus: The Four Emperors Tour Schedule

You can read my review of Colossus: Stone and Steel

You can purchase Colossus: The Four Emperors on Amazon.com
You can purchase Colossus: Stone and Steel on Amazon.com

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Disclosure:  I received a free e-copy of Colossus: The Four Emperors for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

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