I was chosen by Netgalley to receive an advanced reader copy of “The Confessions of Young Nero” by Margaret George. Given that fact, it has not altered my opinion on the book at all. “The Confessions of Young Nero” has a scheduled release date of March 7th 2017.
I requested “The Confessions of Young Nero” because Margaret George is a recognizable author for me. Although I’ve never read one of her books prior, I have another one of her lovely novels residing on my shelves begging to be read. Another reason I was hoping to be picked was because the historical fiction genre has quickly become one of my go-to genres.
George takes the reader back to a time where the Trojan War was more a reality than a story, The Odyssey served as inspiration rather than a reading requirement, and where plots and schemes dominated the political world. A person could be born and raised in their family’s greatness, and the next day be poisoned; more fodder for the political gain cannon. Not everyone starts with a chip on their shoulder- some have humble beginnings.
Nero- originally Lucius- started life not knowing his parents. His father dead, and his mother banished under Caligula’s rule, Nero grew up with the only family he knew; his Aunt and tutors. With a child’s innocence, Nero is blissfully unaware of his family’s schemes and tragedies. Unfortunately for Nero, both will follow him throughout his life.
In part one (of a two part book) George delves deep into the history of Rome, following the rise and fall of emperor’s, attempted murders, poison masters, and the introductory of Greek activities in a Roman world. You have to REALLY enjoy history to make it through this book. I’m not a history fanatic, so at times I did think this book was just a tad dry. But as usual, I enjoy being lost in the environment of a book. Although this book has a in between rating for me, I definitely will pick up the second book to finish the story.