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The Fire Waker (Aelius Spartianus #2)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  25 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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Oct 15, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
I thought this novel was intriguing and I recommend it very highly. 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. The author has done meticulous historical research.
October 2014: I have just reread it; my feelings were the same as when I read it originally.

Aelius Spartianus receives a mysterious letter from his friend and erstwhile enemy Baruch ben Matthias. The owner of a brickworks in
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Apr 25, 2013 Brett Bydairk rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
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.
Jun 14, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 11, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
This time, three and a half stars rounded down. Love the history side of the story but the mystery is leaving me unsatisfied.
Aug 03, 2008 David rated it liked it
A good book. There are several references to "The Water Thief", so I wish I had read that first.
Aug 15, 2009 Irene rated it it was amazing
Aelius Spartianus as sleuth for Diocletian.

A highly literate novel!
Feb 03, 2016 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in Polish, "Intrygantka".
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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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