Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fact, fiction intertwine easily in 'Gates'.(Final)

Byline: Review by Harry Moskos


"Emperor: The Gates of Rome" by Conn Iggulden

Delacorte Press, $24.95, 358 pp.

In his debut novel "Emperor: The Gates of Rome," Conn Iggulden takes historical fact and weaves it into fiction.

The story is about the lives of two stalwart and lively teenagers growing up in the backdrop of the Roman Empire.

Iggulden develops the characters of the two youths, Gaius, the son of a Roman senator, and Marcus, an abandoned boy taken in by the senator's family.

The novel traces their lives growing up together as children and going their own ways as they reach young adulthood.

As kids, they become blood brothers and pledge their loyalty to each other. …

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