4 out of 4 stars
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The book Two Faces of Janus is an ancient historical fiction short story written by Linnea Tanner. The story is set in ancient Rome. It explored the themes of love and politics. Lucius, a young, ambitious man who wants to get ahead politically in the state, needed the sponsorship of Emperor Augustus Caeser to serve as praetor in the Roman justice system.
His father, Lullus, allegedly betrayed the emperor's trust by openly committing adultery with his daughter, Julia. In addition to that, the emperor believes Lullus has plans to overthrow him. Will Lullus be spared from punishment by the emperor? Will Lullus' escapades affect his son's chances of riding on the emperor's back to gain political relevance? or will the emperor overlook events of the past and give Lucius his unwavering support? Find out by reading this interesting short story.
The book has some positive points. I like the author's writing style. The plot of the story was very systematic. Also, he was straight to the point and didn't bore the reader with unnecessary detail. I also like that he developed the characters and events in the book enough to give the reader a basis to connect with them. Again, I love that the story was open-ended. In the end, it leaves the reader desiring to know more about how things finally turned out for the protagonist. That's exactly the effect short stories should have on the reader.
I didn't find anything to dislike in the book. It perfectly fits the profile of a short story. It was concise and direct. It had virtually every attribute that makes up an enjoyable short story.
The book was exceptionally well-edited. I found no spelling or grammatical errors in it. Also, the events and the characters in the book were well developed. Consequently, I rate the book 4 out 4 stars. I didn't give the book a lower rating because I enjoyed every bit of the story. I see no reason to deduct a single star from the book. It was such an interesting read.
I recommend the book to readers who would want to know more about the ancient Roman political system, especially during the imperial rule of Augustus Caeser. Generally, the book is recommended to all lovers of historical fiction.
The book contains one graphic description. In my opinion, the description is not gory enough to disturb the minds of readers who do not appreciate too many graphic details. However, readers who cannot stand the slightest graphic description should pass on this book.
Two Faces of Janus
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