Review of Fated by Carolyn McCray
(Sorry about the picture copied from Amazon. I wanted to show the cover and am still working on the technical details of how to get just the cover and a buy link up.)
I must admit that I didn’t read every word. This doesn’t mean it was too long or wordy, it just means that I often skip parts of books when I become more interested in the story line than the depth of the characters. I liked the story because I find the period of history it is set in to be rather intriguing.
It takes place in the era when Caesar ruled Rome and Brutus was a part of the patrician elite. It follows the love affair of Brutus and one of his slaves, Torvus. The two were drawn to each other and fated to meet but after that they were held apart by convention and politics. Carolyn McCray tries to be historically accurate so what happens in the novel is dictated by what happened in reality. Okay, she doesn’t succeed in that historical accuracy but she’s in the ball park and, for a fictional novel, that’s close enough for me.
I’m a former history major so that may explain why I got caught up in the story line. Reading this book took me back to a childhood in which I learned a huge amount of history by reading the historical romances that were so popular back then. (And, yes, I’m dating myself.) Novels such as this were a large part of why I became that history major. Some of that history I read while young turned out to be very inaccurate but it piqued an interest in long ago events. The consequences of those events still resonate today because history matters and any book that encourages kids to study history deserves a big plus. I’m glad to see someone writing today who is hopefully having the same effect on young readers as those earlier novels had on me.