Pages: 507 (Paperback 2006)
Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus
This is the final book in Conn Iggulden’s epic Emperor Series, and what a finale. The novel sees Julius and Marcus return to Italy to take on the Dictator Pompey. After a return to Rome, Caesar sets himself up as the freely elected Consul of Rome and follows his chase of Pompey to Greece. The rift between Marcus and Julius is torn apart with Julius’ grasp on power. After Caesar makes Mark Antony his fellow Consul the friendship is ended and Brutus takes up arms against Caesar as he rides to Greece to fight alongside Pompey.
After the defeat of Pompey at the Battle of Pharsalus, Caesar forgives the betrayal of Brutus and accepts him back as one of his generals to chase the fleeing Pompey to Alexandria. Arriving on the shores of Egypt, Caesar finds that Pompey has been killed by the Egyptian King. Staying in Alexandria, Julius seeks to gain revenge for the death of Pompey and for the insults the Egyptians give to the Romans, this is where Julius is introduced to Cleopatra.
This was another brilliant book and it completes a brilliant series. The whole series is full of action, conspiracies, love and betrayal and the ending to this book is so sad as we see the end of a friendship that has lasted throughout the life of both Julius and Marcus. Some of the events seem so amazing and it is unbelievable that they actually happened! An example would be that Cleopatra was snuck into Caesar’s room in a rolled up carpet! It just makes the story so brilliant.
What a series, I have read Iggulden’s Genghis Khan Series and that was as good as this series. I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of Roman history or Julius Caesar, such a brilliant series give it a read.
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