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Child of the Sun

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This brilliant and brutally intimate novel accurately captures the depravity and intrigue of Ancient Rome. It tells the story of the youth Varius Avitus Bassianus, destined to become Emperor of the Roman empire. Varius spurned women. His erotic longings searched out a very different kind of love. Whatever or whomever he fancied was quickly offered to him. And no man, be he ...more
Paperback, P2623, 336 pages
Published February 18th 1974 by Fawcett Crest (first published 1966)
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3.5 stars (rounded up after much deliberation). Actually, maybe 3.75 stars. Are three-quarter stars a thing?

I am definitely not crying. *surreptitiously wipes eye*
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The Frank Frazetta cover warrants an extra star.
Sep 21, 2016 Kirstin rated it it was ok
This was surprisingly boring, for a story about a "crazy" emperor and his gay lover(s). The perspective and point of view changed at weird times as well, which really took me out of the story.
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Jun 13, 2015 Richard Blake rated it it was amazing
Convincing portrayal of Heliogabalus, the most sexually bizarre of all the Emperors. It leaves out the accusations of human sacrifice, but otherwise follows the ancient sources. You see the Empire as it was, sliding into the grip of its third century military and fiscal crisis. The book has a low reputation, and I admit that I read it when I was a boy largely as porn. It is, even so, one of the best of its kind.
Dec 27, 2008 Charles rated it it was ok
I have this in paperback. Lance Horner, one of the authors, had written the only Plantation novel I ever liked. Now he was invovled with this book, which was set in ancient Rome, a time that intersted me. Still, the book wasn't much of a read. Horner shared writing duties with Kyle Onstott so I don't know who was primarily responsible.
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This is, by far, my favourite historical novel. There is no reason for that, to be honest, but I adore it above all else.
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(Information from the article "The Master of Mandingo" by Rudy Maxa, which appeared in The Washington Post, July 13, 1975.)

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