By Colleen McCullough
A sweeping epic of historic Rome from the number 1 bestselling writer of The Thorn Birds
during this breathtaking follow-up to The October Horse
, Colleen McCullough turns her cognizance to the mythical romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and during this undying story of affection, politics, and tool, proves once more that she is the easiest historic novelist of our time.
Caesar is lifeless, and Rome is, back, divided. Lepidus has retreated to Africa, whereas Antony principles the opulent East, and Octavian claims the West, the guts of Rome, as his area. even though this demanding truce holds civil battle at bay, Rome turns out ripe for an emperor -- a real Julian inheritor to put declare to Caesar's legacy. With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony turns out poised to take the prize. Like a real warrior-king, he's a pro common whose lust for strength burns along a keenness for girls, feasts, and Chian wine. His rival, Octavian, turns out a much less convincing candidate: the mild, golden-haired boy is as managed as Antony is indulgent and as cool-headed and clear-eyed as Antony is impulsive. certainly, the 2 are like minded merely in ambition.
And even though politics and conflict are decidedly the provinces of fellows in old Rome, ladies are adept at utilizing their wits and charms to realize impression outdoor their conventional sphere. Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court docket and her mattress yet retains her middle good guarded. A ruler first and a lady moment, Cleopatra has yet one wish: to put her baby on his father, Julius Caesar's, vacant throne. Octavian, too, has a robust girl by means of his aspect: his beautiful spouse, raven-haired Livia Drusilla, who learns to wield quiet strength to assist her husband in his quest for ascendancy. because the plot races towards its inevitable end -- with battles on land and sea -- conspiracy and homicide, love and politics develop into irrevocably entwined.
McCullough's wisdom of Roman background is particular and broad. Her masterful and meticulously researched narrative is full of a forged of old characters whose factors, passions, flaws, and insecurities are vividly imagined and expertly drawn. The grandeur of historical Rome involves existence as a undying human drama performs out opposed to the dramatic backdrop of the Republic's ultimate days.