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The Fire Waker (Aelius Spartianus #2)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the winter of 304 c.e., the Roman Empire is divided by Emperor Diocletian into four separate parts. Individual power struggles and manipulations make the once-stable empire a breeding ground for corruption. In the midst of this, Aelius Spartianus, a high-ranking officer and Diocletian’s official historian, is sent to Trier with a sensitive message for Emperor Constantiu ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Not read as an eBook but as a hardcover not yet on GR. I thought this novel was intriguing. Well written, it was a most unusual mystery and solution. I couldn't put it down. The setting was the length and breadth of the 4th century Roman Empire. [Emperor Diocletian had divided the Roman Empire into four parts, of which one is under Constantius; another under Maximian]. The author did meticulous historical research. I recommend it very highly! October 2014: I have just reread it; my feelings were ...more
Brett Bydairk
Slow moving mystery, featuring Aelius Spartianus, Roman soldier, historian, and courier of Emperor Diocletian. He is assigned to look into the "miraculous" revival of a dead man by the Emperor, but finds the man newly re-dead upon his arrival at the town. And soon there is another murder, that of a judge who tried a case involving the dead man. Politics, early Christianity and personal grudges all mix together in this historical whodunnit-and-why. Not disappointing but not entirely satisfying.
Read in Polish, "Intrygantka".
Awkward prose that doesn't flow, incomplete characterizations, more confusing than necessary, fairly boring. If this wasn't translated from the Italian, then it reads like it was. Not as good as The Water Thief.
This time, three and a half stars rounded down. Love the history side of the story but the mystery is leaving me unsatisfied.
A good book. There are several references to "The Water Thief", so I wish I had read that first.
Aelius Spartianus as sleuth for Diocletian.

A highly literate novel!
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Ben (Maria Verbena Volpi) Pastor was born in Rome, but her career as a college teacher and writer requires that she divide her time between the United States and Italy, where she is now doing research. Author of the internationally acclaimed Martin Bora war mysteries, she begins with Aelius Spartianus a new series of thrilling tales. In addition to the United States, her novels are published in It ...more
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