Scribo wrote:So I've been reading "Conspiracies of Rome" by Richard Blake. It's set around the time of Phokas and the plot concerns an English monk who heads off to Rome and is then embroiled in plot and conspiracy.<snip>
But...there are areas where it falls flat. It's just too damn modern. The dialogue and often the way the characters act and think. The main character, Aelric, just happens to have several modern sensibilities - he loved classical Latin and wants to save their texts, speaks Greek, the church is uncouth, there's a pagan (!) character and so on and forth. It often reads almost like a modern fantasy of what someone thinks they would do if they were sent back in time.
Scribo wrote:Interesting recommendation - such a pov would be in line with Aristotle's ideology about slavery. That said, flicking through the blurb on her blog the books seem to suffer from typical presentism. You know, girl power! so modern and logical! Well...I've ordered one, so let's see..
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