Writer: Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: [different dates for each book] First book - 2001, last book - 2010
Pages: [varies in each book] About 200-50 in each
Recieved: Bought first 16 and gifted the17th.
Me and my friends have recently been getting into these series of books, The Roman Mysteries written all by Caroline Lawrence.
Titles in this set:
- I The Thieves of Ostia - the friends meet and solve their first mystery
- II The Secrets of Vesuvius - a riddle and danger as Vesuvius erupts
- III The Pirates of Pompeii - who's taking children from the refugee camp? *
- IV The Assassins of Rome - Jonathan's search takes him to Rome
- V The Dolphins of Laurentum - sunken treasure and Lupus's past *
- VI The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina - romance and mystery in and around Ostia *
- VII The Enemies of Jupiter - plague and fire in Rome, early AD 80
- VIII The Gladiators from Capua - opening of the Colosseum, AD 80
- IX The Colossus of Rhodes - the four friends take a cruise in May...
- X The Fugitive from Corinth - then pursue a fugitive around Greece *
- XI The Sirens of Surrentum - the Bay of Naples for poison & decadence *
- XII The Charioteer of Delphi - a famous racehorse goes missing
- XIII The Slave-girl from Jerusalem - courtroom drama in Ostia *
- XIV The Beggar of Volubilis - a caravan across North Africa
- XV The Scribes from Alexandria - Egypt and Nubia in Roman times
- XVI The Prophet from Ephesus - the four go to Asia Minor (Turkey) *
- XVII The Man from Pomegranate Street - who killed Titus & whom does Flavia marry? **
* = my favourites
I knew zilch about the Romans but I got recommended them. And trust, me you don't need to know anything to read them! They are fun great reads for everyone. You can learn a lot from them, but I love reading them for pleasure.
I can't tell you want happens in the end, but it is fantastic! It is so romantic as their love blossoms. Remember: in Roman times, at 13 years old you could get married! Ah, I won't say anymore....
I recommend starting from the beginning, otherwise it will get confusing. The first two aren't that good, but you can really get into them when you start the 3rd. The Sirens of Surrentum is the more teenage one, as it is where their romances really flurish and involves sex relations. Still, these will be fine for all ages.
The adventure series revolves around Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus. Flavia is the daughter of a sea captain, Jonathan is her friend, Nubia is a freed slave-girl, and Lupas can't speak. I think these characters are brilliant in the book, they all go well together and are very interesting.
RATE: 5/5 for sure!
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