Friday, October 18, 2013

HFVBT Review Colossus: The Four Emperors by David Blixt

Roman life under Emperor Nero is harsh. The mercurial Emperor keeps those close to him under a close eye. Too much success equals certain death. For Titus Flavius Sabinus, life is a game of chess. When Sabinus' uncle, Vespasian is tasked with quelling the Judean Revolt, Fortuna's favors begin to shift. Life in Rome begins to change, as the year of Four Emperors begins.

David Blixt second novel in this series tells the Roman Side of the Judean Wars and the Year of the Four Emperors. It's a heavy hitting book, full of details, actual historical characters and events. Readers feel immersed in the book. I love how Blixt uses actual historical peripheal to enhance the story. The battles were not gruesome, but very factual. I was anxious to get through the middle of the book, to the action. Very good book.

About the Author

Author and playwright David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, and FORTUNE'S FOOL) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, "Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It's well worth it." Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order."

For more about David and his novels, visit

Thank you to Amy and David. This review is part of the HFVBT Tour. 

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