The Sacred Band, the concluding volume of the trilogy, was released earlier this month.
Durham's reply to my recent query about what he has been reading:
The novel on my night table at the moment is Arms of Nemesis, by Steven Saylor. There’s a particular reason for this.Visit David Anthony Durham's website, blog, and Facebook page.
My next contracted book is about the Spartacus slave rebellion in ancient Rome. It’s to be a straight historical novel. As part of my research I try to read as much as I can about the period I’m writing in. The bulk of that is non-fiction, but I also enjoy reading novels set in Ancient Rome. A while back I read and enjoyed Saylor’s Roma. That one was a novel made up of linked stories that covered the early history of Rome, from its founding all the way up to the late Republic. It was a departure for him. He usually writes mysteries featuring a Roman Private Investigator named Gordianus the Finder. When I learned that one of those Gordianus novels is set during the Spartacus rebellion I knew I had to take a look.
I’m about halfway through and enjoying it quite a bit. Saylor’s writing is straightforward, not fancy but effective. It manages to feel like light reading, even though the novel’s subtext is an examination of slavery. He does a fine job of using small details of Roman life to give the setting real texture. I think Saylor is a novelist I’ll return to every now and then for some time to come.
The Page 69 Test: Acacia.
The Page 69 Test: The Other Lands.
The Page 69 Test: The Sacred Band.