I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a light, quick, fun read with an enormous amount of originality and detail. The author vividly creates a world in which the Roman Empire survived and prospered. He clearly has done his homework, inasmuch as the everyday life of the people and their outlook on the world are quite believable as descendants of the Romans we know. I was especially impressed by the thought he put into the technological advances. The author cleverly imagined weapons, transportation and other devices which could believably have developed in a world of smart people hampered by the observation bias of an empire that dominates the world and thereby in some ways retards original thinking. The actual story is well-paced, with plenty of action and interesting characters. My only quibble, and the reason I gave the book four stars, is I would have liked to know the characters a little better. Don't get me wrong. They are far from cardboard and come across as real flesh and blood. But I enjoy really delving into the thoughts, emotions, fears and dreams of the main characters. For me, that enriches their setbacks and triumphs.
(reviewed 78 days after purchase)