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01 June 2012

Random Reads #2

It's that time of the month again where we choose a random book off our "to be read" pile, to read sometime throughout the month. I really enjoyed participating last month as it helped me choose a random book to read from the hundreds waiting to be read, and now I've got one more book ticked off my list! Last months chosen book was The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran and I really enjoyed it. I am a bit behind with reviews at the moment so haven't finished the one for this book so will post up a link in next months Random Reads post. Anyway, I've chosen to use the same method to choose a book randomly as shown @imlovingbooks.com. So I've sorted my "to be read" books on Goodreads, and then used random.org to choose a book. 

So this months random read is Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (Roma #1) by Steven Saylor (Goodreads). Another historical fiction book like last months! I bought this book from the Oxfam charity store sometime earlier this year I think and I thought it looked interesting so snapped it up for some silly price like £1.50 or something. Its quite a big book but hopefully I'll get through it sometime this month and I love Ancient History so I'm sure this will be a good read :)

Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families through the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.
     Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city’s first thousand years — from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome’s astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome’s republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.
     Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome’s first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans:  One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself.
     Epic in every sense of the word, Roma is a panoramic historical saga and Saylor’s finest achievement to date.



  1. I haven't read too many historical fiction books, but the ones I do read I've loved. It's funny cause I know so little about history though. I think I love them because it still takes me out of the world like fantasy does cause times were so different.

    But I'm glad you enjoyed last month's Random Read and I hope you enjoy this one as well! :)

    ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

  2. Roma! I love Rome, especially ancient Rome. I just came back from a trip there and it was awesome. I hope you enjoy your Random Read this month. :)

    Veronica @ Mostly Reviews

  3. Oh this is an author I've been meaning to read for a long time! I love Rome and HF based on that time period altogether. Hope you enjoy it; I'll be adding it to my TBR shelves, for sure.

    Jessie Marie @ The Daily Bookmark


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