The Throne of Caesar: Book summary and reviews of The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor

The Throne of Caesar

A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Steven Saylor

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The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2018
    400 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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In The Throne of Caesar, award-winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history: It's Rome, 44 B.C., and the Ides of March are approaching.

Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.

Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he's first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus--keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar's life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus's adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar's closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.

Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable.

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"Starred Review. Thrilling and moving...As the clock ticks down, Saylor keeps the reader guessing as to how he will devise an actual mystery to resolve after Caesar's assassination. In doing so, he further deepens his main characters in ways that will reward series fans." - Publishers Weekly "The 16th volume in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series...uses the reader's foreknowledge of history to create a special kind of suspense. Its slow pace and abundant period detail tantalize, as Gordianus has multiple near misses with the truth." - Kirkus

"Saylor's task here is to try to make Caesar 's well-known fate suspenseful, and the author admits in an endnote that he dreaded coming to this point in the series. He was right to worry: while he does a solid job of creating some suspense elsewhere, he really can't override the central problem. Still, Saylor's meaty portrayal of ancient Rome remains compelling on its own." - Booklist

"What a marvel!...Saylor's masterful storytelling puts you right there, wonderstruck and wide-eyed. Deliciously immersive, captivating entertainment from a justly celebrated writer." - Margaret George

"Exciting and passionate, The Throne of Caesar paints a fresh picture of Rome on the Ides of March. Steven Saylor has written another page-turner of a mystery that, while wonderfully imaginative, is rooted in real events." - Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Death of Caesar: the Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

"The Throne of Caesar is a fitting capstone to one of the most important series in mystery fiction. As always, Gordianus the Finder proves to be a shrewd and compassionate observer of the most tumultuous events in Roman history." - Gardner Dozois, editor of the New York Times bestselling Warriors

"A rip-roaring detective adventure for fans of Steven Saylor's Roman intrepid hero Gordianus, who finds himself embedded in the inner circle of Julius Caesar himself, as destiny ticks." - Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King and Amazons

"Steven Saylor's remarkable writing in The Throne of Caesar is so rich in realistic detail that ancient Rome literally unfolds before your eyes. If anyone wants to understand Rome at the end of the Republic, there's no better fictional narrative." - Patrick Hunt, Ph. D., Stanford University, author of Hannibal

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Steven Saylor Author Biography

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Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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