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Palatine (Karnac Library Series)

by LJ Trafford

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A breezy, light-hearted look at the last years of Nero's reign, this novel was a sort of "Upstairs, Downstairs" conception of those living and working in the palace. One of the Praetorian prefects, Nymphidius Sabinus, is the driving force for the final coup to dislodge Nero from his position, leading to Nero's suicide [admittedly assisted by his secretary, Epaphroditus.] The no-nonsense Nymphidius Sabinus is the de facto ruler in the interregnum until Galba should march in from Spain. There's a sweet friendship between Philo, the secretary's bashful freedman secretary and Teretia, his landlord's daughter. The writing was really witty and humorous; I found myself chuckling all through the novel--at the action and also at some of the turns of phrase. The author's characterizations of everyone were very well drawn; each had well-defined personalities. I'm eager to read the other books in the tetralogy, all of which concern the "Year of the Four Emperors", 68-69 AD.

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  janerawoof | Feb 24, 2018 |
Interesting idea to tell the story of the coup against Nero from the inside by the palace slaves, however the characters are bit too cliched and the book swings between being the story of the coup to being a simple tale of love and lust .. ( )
  moncur_d | Mar 13, 2017 |
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Debauchery. Depravity. Decadence.Just everyday life at the imperial palace.Whilst Emperor Nero plays with his new water organ and a cross-dressing eunuch, his wily secretary Epaphroditus manages affairs of state. But dissent and rebellion are growing across the empire, and Nero is soon to discover playtime is over.Praetorian prefect Nymphidius Sabinus, disgusted by the moral degeneracy, secretly plots the overthrow of Nero's court. Motivated by the traditional Roman values of valour and nobility, yet blinded by his own righteousness, Sabinus is ignorant of what he has unleashed - The Year of the Four Emperors.Palatine is the first in an enthralling four-book series about the tumultuous 'Year of the Four Emperors' which will appeal to fans of Lindsey Davis and George R. R. Martin.… (more)

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