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Reviewed by Ayrial King for Readers' Favorite
Witness the rise of the Roman Empire with the chosen Seven in Aenigma. Fans of adventure quest stories and history buffs of ancient Roman history will want to sink their teeth into Erus Ludus’ narrative of how a group of seven very diverse people came together to protect the Treasure of Prophecy from being destroyed forever. To acquire “[a] treasure for which the wise men would give their lives,” the Seven must traverse the world in order to decipher clues they find. However, they are not the only ones who wish to acquire the Treasure; those in the know and that want it range from ambitious men wanting to unite an empire to knowledgeable, affluent men wishing to expand their knowledge of the world. Will they find the Treasure before it can be destroyed by another seeker or lost forever as a casualty of war? Will the Seven stay together as one or fall apart through a betrayal voiced in the Prophecy? Only one way to find out – read Ludus’ Aenigma and prepare to be a part of the journey.
Aenigma is an adventure book like none I have read in quite some time. Instead of starting with the action and getting the back stories of all the characters in the forms of various flashbacks, Ludus dedicates the first part of the book to the characters’ lives before the Prophecy is spoken - some before birth. The only persons whose story was not told at length in the first part of the book are Raiko and Ammos. Raiko’s first mate, Odon, gives a short yet succinct account of his life in the second part of the story. With that you feel connected, even though you - as the reader - do not know him as well as you do the others. All you know of Ammos is that he is connected to the Prophecy in some form, but his story unfolds with time. On their quest to recover the Treasure of the Prophecy before General Sulla, they encounter many celebrated and well-known men of knowledge, from Zenon in the hallowed Library of Alexandria to Aristotle in desolate Hades. It’s okay to skip the first part for later and immediately start on the second part to start the quest, but if you want to really immerse yourself in ancient Rome and maybe even become the Seventh of Prophecy, read it from beginning to end and solve the riddle of the Word.