Synopses & Reviews
355 AD: 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 emperor's authority. Charged with treason, the emperor's dark and terrifying agent Paulus, they must face the might of the corrupt Roman state. For Drusus and Marcellus, their only ally is the young prince, Julian. From one end of the empire to the other, they set themselves against forces that are determined to crush them. Following the daring and suspenseful plotline of Cast Not the Day, Paul Waters has once again delivered a humane and fresh portrayal of Roman intrigue.
"Two young fourth-century warriors are swept into high-level political intrigue and warfare from Britain and Gaul to the Adriatic coast as they are caught up in the fight against the threat of barbarian invasion in this low-key but engaging sequel to Cast Not the Day. When the corrupt imperial notary Paulus has the Roman-British Drusus and his lover, Marcellus, arrested for treason, they are unexpectedly befriended by the scholarly prince Julian. Reluctant defender of the Gallic frontier, Julian shares a secret with the two men, a leaning toward the old gods despite the empire's official Christianity. As officers in Julian's forces, Drusus and Marcellus face both scheming bureaucrats more concerned with petty power games than Julian's mission and the danger that his martial success will be perceived as treason by his suspicious cousin, the Emperor Constantius II. Though Waters's cool narrative style is distancing, he ably portrays both the rise of Julian and the love between Drusus and Marcellus in a well-researched tale illuminating a little-known historical era. Agent: Jonny Pegg, Curtis Brown U.K." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A well-researched tale illuminating a little known historical era." --Publishers Weekly
"Waters's portrait of a less familiar historical era is vivid and remarkable. Historical fiction fans who enjoy Edward Rutherfurd and Bernard Cornwell will rejoice in this fresh new voice." -Library Journal
The sequel to the brave and unflinchingly violent Cast Not the Day, this novel of friendship and betrayal in battle is Waters's most gripping work yet.
About the Author
Paul Waters was educated at University College London in Classics. He has lived and worked in France, Greece, the United States, and Africa, and is the author of The Republic of Vengeance and Cast Not the Day, both published by Overlook.