Last Seen in MassiliaPosted: 2018/05/25
Saylor, Steven. Last Seen in Massilia. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
Reason read: the last book I need to read for the Sub Rosa series. I started the series in March in honor of Saylor’s birth month.
When we catch up to Gordianus the Finder in 49 B.C. he is on a quest to find his missing adopted son, rumored to have been murdered. It’s a tricky situation. Meto was caught betraying Caesar, or so the story goes.
Gordianus has taken Darus, his son-in-law, for companionship to the besieged port city of Massilia. (Massilia is modern day Marseille, by the way.) Once there, he encounters more mystery than he knows what to do with. In the middle of a bloody civil war between Caesar and Pompey a smaller, quieter war is underway. A beautiful woman is missing. Gordianus may or may not have witnessed her death. Was it a suicide? Did she jump or was she pushed. Different eyes see different things. An innocent man is doomed to death; a scapegoat by the priests of Artemis, for the sins of his family. Nothing is as it seems. All the while Gordianus is a guest or prisoner of Massilia, seeking the truth of his son.
Author fact: Saylor has appeared on the History Channel.
Book trivia: this is the eighth book in the Sub Rosa series.
Nancy said: nothing worth mentioning.
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “The Classical World” (p 59).