I am a big fan of the author Steven Saylor – that said I hold books in this genre up to his standard – which is high. The complications of the various subplots and the multitude of characters kept the pace moving along quickly. You can tell that there has been a lot of research done for this book. Nero was an unknown to me – besides the fiddling while Rome burned – so I did like jumping into his really messed up family. Mama was definitely interesting!
I was surprise by the level that astrology played in the daily lives of the Romans. This was a very good story and the plot/character of the astrological signs made it very interesting. So could you allow the stars to control your life and destiny? Being a Gemini my behavior has been blamed on that sign a few times in my lifetime!