Saturday, July 11, 2009

Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie

Synopsis : Army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso strikes out for the uncivilized borders of Roman Britain in this highly anticipated sequel to Ruth Downie's New York Times bestselling debut.
It is spring in the year 118, and Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied province of Britannia for nearly a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Ruso needs to get away. With that in mind, he has volunteered for a posting with the army in Britannia's deepest recesses calmer place for a tired man.
But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribes people are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, filling in for the demented local doctor, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent and the army wrong by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.
Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso's luck is running short again.
My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Medicus, in this series so was anxious to read this one. I was not disappointed. I loved the historical feel gleaned while reading this mystery. I like Gaius Ruso. He is a good guy trying to do the right thing. His poor luck sometimes brings comic relief to the story. The relationship between Ruso and Tilla is telling. Neither one can understand the other, being from different cultures. They share affection but are often annoyed due to these cultural differences. I will be reading the third in this series. I "read" this on my iPod.


Suzanne said...

Great Book Review! AND I have an AWARD for you! Come by and pick it up!


Yvette Kelly said...

Hey Sharon
Sorry to post off topic but I cannot get hold of you.I cannot find your e mail which said if you wanted a book or amazon gift card.I wanted to just send the voucher but am worried that you might not get it via the e mail address I have for you.Please let me know

Cheryl said...

That sounds great. I love reading about Romans!