This is a historical novel about the rise to power of Julius Caesar and related political upheavals in the last days of the Roman republic. It is narrated by Tiro, secretary to the orator and politician, Cicero. Cicero frees Tiro from his slavery during the book and the author’s imagining of the feelings involved is very convincing.

It must be very difficult to follow a corpus of historical information and maintain a good pace but the book succeeds very well. If you are at all interested in ancient Rome, and everyone should be, it is a lively and enjoyable read.