About Blood and Shadows by Fiona Forsyth:
“Blood and Shadows” can be read on its own but it also ends a trilogy following the life of a young Roman making his way through the deceit and violence of Roman politics, from Caesar’s dictatorship to the first Emperor, Augustus.
Lucius Sestius fought in the battle of Philippi under Brutus and Cassius. – and survived. Escaping to serve with the rebel Sextus Pompey, Lucius helps in the peace negotiations that will get him and his friends back to Rome – and they find the city a very different place. Now he and his friends have to rehabilitate themselves, in their various ways, not always agreeing, but knowing that they need one another. Only a Philippi veteran can know what another Philippi veteran is going through.
Running through Lucius’ journey back to life in Rome is a string of deaths which leads him to a terrible suspicion, and a terrible choice. If he investigates, he may betray a comrade…
The mystery is intertwined with the tragedy of Philippi, but in the end wine, poetry and family will save Lucius.
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After reading Classics at Oxford, I taught Latin and Greek at a boys’ school for twenty-five years. I had a blast – I was paid for studying the Romans, and I laughed every day of my teaching life. Teenage boys are the most maligned of species, but the truth is that they are clever and funny and full of energy.
When my family moved to Qatar in the Middle East, I had a chance to try a long-held passion, and started to write novels about the Roman world. I know I can never fully understand the Romans, but in my novels I can explore their world and try to convey that fascination to my readers.
In other news, I have three cats and two humans, and cannot believe that we left Qatar just before the World Cup.