A great yarn and wonderful mystery are encapsulated in the story of the medicus Gaius Petreius Ruso on the very boundaries of the Roman Empire in northern Brittania. With murder and mayhem, intrigue and personal danger to be faced, Ruso fumbles his way towards unravelling what he confronts, all the while managing to keep his head at just the right level about the parapet.
In this second volume of the series, we see the continued development of the characters we met in the first, characters who this reader are coming to admire, despise and respect all at the same time. The narrative is all too believable and maintains the reader’s interest from beginning to end. Our eponymous hero is a flawed hero, but likeable, while his ‘housekeeper’ maintains her air of mystery. It will be interesting to follow their development and adventures as the stories yet to come unfold before us.
Our author, Ruth Downie, has crafted a wonderful narrative that is engaging and has an intriguing mix of historical setting and literary licence. The combination is a very readable book.