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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I really enjoy good tales of ancient Rome. I’m not entirely sure why. But part of it is the easy comparisons to America. Another factor is the emphasis on warfare. The other elements I find myself enjoying are the politics and focus on family. Ave, Caesarion by Deborah L. Davitt satisfied my hunger to explore all these characteristics of Rome and I was pleased with how each area was written about. Even with all these characteristics in play, if the writing is not good, you can still find yourself looking at a bad or so-so novel, but to my delight Deborah L. Davitt writes beautifully. She captured the essence of Rome, while at the same time giving us something new and unique. It doesn't get much better than this. Rich in detail and historically as accurate as needed, I found that I could not put Ave, Caesarion down.
The depiction of politics in Rome is outstanding. In order to get the politics right, you have to depict family life accurately. Then if you are showing these two elements correctly, what you need to focus on next is warfare. All these things went together in ancient Rome and it was hard to be successful at only one element if you wanted to be successful for a considerable amount of time. This is what makes the history of Rome so fascinating. I loved Ave, Caesarion. I loved the idea of Caesar and Cleopatra as a family. I loved all their children. I loved the way fiction, magic, and mystery were woven into a masterful tale. Deborah L. Davitt can write.