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In the Shadow of Vesuvius

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This is a tense story of a young slave girl trying to escape the coming devastation of Herculaneum during the 79.CE Vesuvius eruption. It’s well-paced, with great characterization and believable situations. It’s well-researched with a lot of elements of the time period which gives the reader an authentic picture of the era. Mira knows what's coming and her goal is to save ...more
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Published April 3rd 2011 by Liz Carmichael, via Smashwords (first published March 18th 2011)
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
3 1/2 stars!

Original review from Little Book Owl

In the Shadow of Vesuvius takes you back to a horrific event from history through the intriguing adventure of a young slave. The story is fast-paced and keeps you wanting to know who survives.

The story flows at a quick pace and although the plot is pretty intense, it doesn't linger on some of the devastating moments. Liz Carmichael executes this in such a way that Mira doesn't appear dismissive, rather she is deeply compelled to protect the child
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Narrelle
May 17, 2011 Narrelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This engaging story opens briefly one year before the eruption of Vesuvius, when the young slave girl, Mira, has a vision of the coming destruction. The action picks up on the morning that the volcano is due to destroy Herculaneum and follows Mira's desperate attempts to save herself and her young charge, Remy, son of a wealthy couple.

The volcano is not her only enemy in her attempt to get to safety. Bullying owners, the threat of soldiers and slave runners and even her fellow slave, Levi, all p
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Heidi
I enjoyed this book very much. With plenty of action the book moves quickly and would be perfect for reluctant readers. The characters are interesting and believable, the plot is focused and intense, and the setting is vivid. The only thing I had a problem with was that I wanted more, more details about the characters and the setting, and more story. I wanted to know more about what happens to Mira and Remy. Of course this happens with a lot of stories, you get attached to the characters and ...more
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