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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
In The Shadow of Two Gods is the first book in the Solar Wind series by Oleg Krasin. This is the story of the last good Emperor of Rome, where his story began and how he became a ruler. From the time Marcus was a young boy, everyone knew he would be different, but no one was surer of it than Emperor Hadrian. Since Hadrian had no children with his Empress, Marcus had a very special place in his heart and life. But how could a child like him, quiet and thoughtful, grow up to be one of the most revered and beloved rulers of a country? He liked to think a little too much and as he grew up, he developed ideas that he knew would be beneficial for all. The author gives an insight into how young Marcus became Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, the philosopher that ruled Rome and the hearts of his people as well.
In The Shadow of Two Gods is an informative historical story that actually entertains the reader and did not read like a history lecture. I am amazed at the amount of research Oleg Krasin did and the way he made all the information into a cohesive story that had me hooked. The narrative flows effortlessly, the author wasn’t trying to use big words to impress the reader, and he simply shared a story. The little footnotes were extremely useful to clear up certain words and help me understand what they meant. I enjoyed how Oleg Krasin took me into the mind of young Marcus as he was growing up and understanding the world around him. I enjoyed his development, how he started thinking more maturely than anyone his age and how his experiences with his elders shaped him. He was an open book with blank pages and very exceptionally impressionable. He was lucky to have all the right people to guide him to become the ruler he would be remembered for. This is a fantastic story and would be a great fit for readers who enjoy historical fiction about influential people of the past.