I decided not to continue with this book after around 20% of it and after two tries of listening to it.
I’m a lover of all things classics and Caesar is one of my all-time favorite historical figures, so naturally synopsis for this book sounded very interesting and promising. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.
Narration of the audio version was a problem in itself, it was sometimes boring and non-engaging, sudden, and constant jumps in POVs and timelines, which I’m generally not a fan of, are even harder to follow and confusing.
A lot of time is spent on characters backstories that are laid out as an exposition or matter of fact information that are in no way related to the story. Once you finally get a sense of who that character is, story cuts to a different one and starts all over again. (From other reviews I found out some of the characters never reappear therefore I don’t see a point of whole chapters dedicated to them). After 20 chapters I still don’t know who characters are, how they are related, what they have to do with the plot from the synopsis, and not to mention Caesar is still nowhere to be found.
All in all, I appreciate the idea, I think it had great potential, but the style of the book isn’t my thing, maybe it gets better after a while, maybe if it was a physical book, I’d try to fast read through but the audio is no for me.
I would like to thank NetGalley for a free audio book copy.
Publication date: March 1st 2022
Publisher: Imbrifex Books