• "Harris's best so far, rapid and compelling in narrative, copious in detail, thoroughly researched but also, which is more important, thoroughly imagined... Irresistible"

    Allan Massie, Sunday Telegraph
  • "In Harris's hands, the great game becomes a beautiful one"

    The Times
  • "Genres ancient and modern have rarely been so skilfully synthesised... Gripping and accomplished"

    Tom Holland, The Guardian
  • "A joy to read in every way, and as a mirror to the politics of our present age has no equal"

    The Independent
  • "Harris deploys the devices of the thriller writer to trace the perils and triumphs of Cicero's ascent ... A finely accomplished recreation of the power struggles of more than two millenniums ago"

    The Observer