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The Philosopher Prince

(Drusus #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  3 reviews
355AD. In a late-Roman world of ambitious bureaucrats and power-hungry courtiers two young friends of the British nobility, Drusus and Marcellus, have fallen foul of the prevailing authority. There is no place to hide, no turning back. They must face the irresistible might of the Roman state. It seems a fight they cannot win. For Drusus and Marcellus their only ally is the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Macmillan (first published March 24th 2010)
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I usually feel bad for giving a book that I sort of had fun with while reading just three stars, because most of the time, I loved the characters so much that I would just like to ignore the weakness of the story, the plot holes and the logic fails ... but here? It's the other way around. I LOVED the story. Every step of it. I would love to read the exact same story again, if the author fixed just one thing:

The first person narrator. He was super frustrating in his absolute soulless storytelling
Marthese Formosa
A fantastic read! I bought this book without knowing much about it years ago and it took me a lot of searching to finally decide to read it. But I was hooked almost from the start. Took me a while to read but I wasn't reading much.

Drusus, who is the narrator is very relatable. He is loyal as is Marcellus, his friend, soulmate and lover. I read this book, which is a sequel without reading the first book. I still understood the story though but would love to read the first one. We do not get any e
Vicki Cline
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a sequel to Cast Not The Day. Drusus and Marcellus have been arrested in Britain and are sent to Gaul, to be transferred to Emperor Constans' court, but when they arrive in Gaul, they are treated as guests and not criminals, and become part of the court of the current Caesar (a sort of vice-emperor), Julian. As in the previous book, the "enemy" are Christians, at least some of the higher-ups. Julian is a very interesting historical character, being a believer in the old gods, hence out o ...more
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Paul Waters was born and schooled in England, but says his real education did not begin until he was seventeen, when he ran away to sea.

He spent the next two years travelling the world on a tramp steamer. It was during this time, somewhere in the Indian Ocean, that he picked up a copy of Herodotus, and began a love affair with the classical world of Greece and Rome.

Later he returned to England and

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