The Furies of Rome

Written by Robert Fabbri
Review by Marilyn Sherlock

AD 58. Nero is Emperor of Rome and ruling a terrified empire. No one is safe, not even his wife, Claudia Octavia. There is a rumour that he plans to withdraw from Britannia and the bankers in Londinium are panicking. Vespasian is aware of a prophecy, made for him as a baby, that he would have a great destiny, but nobody will tell him what that prophecy was. If it is to be fulfilled, he must placate Nero at all costs to stay alive and protect his family. In Britannia Boudicca is rebelling against Roman rule, and Vespasian is sent to Londinium on a secret mission.

We are told in the author’s notes that there is very little, in the writings of the early works of Tacitus and others, that reveals Vespasian’s actual part in all of this, so the author has had to construct an agenda which would reasonably fit in with what is known. As I also know virtually nothing about Vespasian, Robert Fabbri’s tale came across as totally believable and matched perfectly with what is generally known of Nero’s mad reign. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series but will certainly do so.