Cover Blurb Like with all of the Roman Mysteries book covers, I like the simplicity and color scheme, as well as how it looks like a painting This particular cover out of the series is one of the less interesting ones.
What I Liked As always, I like Nubia she continues to be the most level headed, best tempered, and most considerate of the four friends I will always love Jonathan, but in this book his reoccurring pessimism and oh, it s all my fault attitude really got on my nerves While certainly it would take forever for someone to reconcile themselves with something as terrible as the fire in Rome, I couldn t help but roll my eyes and sigh when Jonathan brought it back up He s beaten that horse enough already.
What I Disliked I liked Flavia in the first book, but I really don t like her any It s been fifteen books and she still hasn t matured She seems her age twelve and therefore it is really hard to find anything romantic about her crush on Flaccus It s even harder to believe that Flaccus loves her because hello She s twelve And she is definitely not mature for her age It s just creepy I know, twelve was an acceptable age for the Romans, but you know what it s still creepy And not at all romantic.
Believability Caroline Lawrence does her historical research that has always been true She s always managed to take her four young detectives places in a plausible fashion, and have things happen to them that the Reader could actually see happening It s no different in this installment All of the research is there, the plausibility And she even goes a step further with her believability when everyone converts to Christianity, but Flavia doesn t I was afraid that the Author would have her convert, and I was never convinced that Flavia would ever give up her Roman faith She s not that sort of person.
Writing Style It s nothing special She is wonderful at historical description, and often relates historical facts and myths through the characters dialogue in a way that doesn t lessen the dialogue s believability But her writing is very moment by moment, and she overworks the cliffhanger every single chapter literally ends in one.
Content This one had no content of which to speak.
Conclusion This is where the story fell down The Author did a terrific job in connecting the loose ends of The Colossus of Rhodes to this one She had a good setup and an intriguing villain that we fans have been wonderful about ever since The Colossus of Rhodes was first released But then suddenly everything comes crashing down around our heads I hate, simply hate it when an Author has a good villain, and then that villain repents, turns all good, and everyone goes home happy It destroys everything in the story turns it sour leaves the Reader utterly unsatisfied And that is exactly how I felt with this book s conclusion.
Recommended Audience This is meant for the middle school level, and while I am an adult, I still enjoy this series, perhaps mostly because I ve been reading it since I was ten years old This is both a girl and guy read.
Wow What an intense whirlwind of a book this initially started off with a lot of oblique grief and embitterment and there was definitely a lot of timely existentialism in some of the POVs needless to say the Flaccus situation was just an obstacle that my nerves didn t need in this stage of the game although I am greatly anticipating the climax that is being built up I loved what I perceive to be the pinnacle in the character s personality growth in learning to adapt to adversity and found the resolution that the gang, bar Flavia, all became a massive Christian Union society entertaining although I think the introduction of St John was really beautifully done and tempered with emotional poignancy evidently all I hope for now is some progression in the Gemina family fortunes Despite previous misgivings I also find myself really engaging in the Aristo Nubia relationship and frequently saw their interaction as lovely moments of relief during the otherwise intense storyline I am so excited nervous for the next and final book but considering the amount of resolution to overarching storylines so far I have high anticipations Wonderful story about the children who had way too much freedom in this series.
Interesting look at the start of the spread of Christianity Characterisation becoming complex as the children mature.
Having following Flavia, Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus this far I am determined to finish the series This instalment did not disappoint It is so fast paced I read the book in one sitting The characters are all maturing and their internal battles are becoming increasingly challenging for them My heart aches for Jonathan and the weight he carries upon his shoulders I can t wait to see where this goes
Doch es wartet ein weiterer schwerer Schlag auf Flavia, Floppy, ihr geliebter Floppy, der ihr noch im M rz einen Heiratsantrag gemacht hatte, ist mit einer anderen Frau verlobt Da hilft es auch nicht, dass Jonathan wieder von Stimmen geplagt wird, die ihn wegen des Brandes von Rom, welchen er ausgel st hat siehe The Enemies of Jupiter Roman Mysteries , qu len und dass Lupus einem Prediger folgt, der angeblich Stumme wieder sprechen macht.
Die Kinder nehmen die Verfolgung von Popo und seiner Amme auf, werden jedoch bald wegen Hochverrats verhaftet.
In diesem Band erfahren wir nun endlich, warum die Kinder steckbrieflich gesucht werden.
Die Beziehung zwischen Nubia und Aristo entwickelt sich weiter und ich denke die beiden werden sich im letzten Band entweder verloben oder heiraten.
Flavia ist letztendlich als letzte an die r mischen G tter glaubende von ihren Freunden isoliert, die nun alle zum Christentum konvertiert sind Vielleicht ist sie einfach zu logisch denkend f r diesen neuen Glauben.
Dieser Band bringt viele Ver nderungen mit sich Die Kinder erben eine Villa in Ephesus und machen dort ein Waisenhaus auf Werden sie je wieder nach Ostia zur ckkehren Jonathan macht wieder einmal einen Alleingang und Onkel Gaius ist noch immer verschollen Die Stimmung ist nicht mehr so d ster wie in einigen Vorg ngerb nden, jedoch werden diese Kinder schon sehr schnell erwachsen, obwohl sie doch eigentlich erst 13 Jahre alt sind.
Das Buch ist wieder voller Mysterien und Prophezeiugen, die einen Ausblick auf die Zukunft geben, die m glicherweise in der Spinn Off Trilogie gekl rt werden, die bereits bei angek ndigt ist The Flavian Trilogy Brother of Jackals Bk 1 Roman Mysteries S 186 fasst die Ereignisse von Band 14 16 sehr sch n zusammen Her refusal of Floppy s proposal in March had caused the argument with her fater, which hade made her accept the emperor s mission And that had resulted in months away from home, facing danger and even death in strange lands Over these past months her friends had been with her But now Jonathan was gone, Nubia, Aristo und Lupus had converted to a strange religion, and Floppy was engaged to someone else Zeitraum der Geschichte Anfang August 81 n Chr 10 September A ridiculous and frustrating book in what has so far been such an amazing series No mystery to speak of, the whole book dedicated to the children and Aristo finding God Why oh why did Lawrence have to turn this into a preachy sermon on Christianity This book is about four teenage friends who live in ancient Rome The four friends were tasked in the previous books with a mission from the Emperor to retrieve his stolen precious jewels The team successfully found the jewels and returned them to the Emperor s aid completing their mission However, unknown to the four friends the Emperor s aid kept the jewels for himself and told the Emperor that they had not be returned and had been stolen once again by the young friends This now left them as outlaws in Rome and they will never be allowed to return home without being arrested This book within the series finds the four friends travelling through the country side meeting healers and prophets They hear news that children in their home town are being kidnapped to be sold as slaves The four vow to rescue the kidnapped children and bring them home, which they successfully achieve They are rewarded with a villa from a rich villain who has now found religion and repented his sins They are allowed to live in the villa as long as it is used as a safe house to help kidnapped children The book gives a lot of detail about Rome and its surrounding provinces and is heavily steeped in Christian religion There is a glossary of words at the back of the book to explain the historical terms which I found very useful.
I didn t realise that this book was part of a series and I found it difficult to follow the story as I started half way through the series and did not know what had happened previously.