Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Caligula by Simon Turney

Posted October 4, 2017 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 11 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Caligula by Simon Turney
Expected publication: March 8th 2018 by Orion

Caligula: loving brother, reluctant Emperor and tortured soul.

The six children of Germanicus are cursed from birth. Father: believed poisoned by the Emperor Tiberius over the imperial succession. Mother and two brothers arrested and starved to death by Tiberius. One sister married off to an abusive husband. Only three are left: Caligula, in line for the imperial throne, and his two sisters, Drusilla and Livilla, who tells us this story.

The ascent of their family into the imperial dynasty forces Caligula to change from the fun-loving boy Livilla knew into a shrewd, wary and calculating young man. Tiberius’s sudden death allows Caligula to manhandle his way to power. With the bloodthirsty tyrant dead, it should be a golden age in Rome and, for a while, it is. But Caligula suffers emotional blow after emotional blow as political allies, friends, and finally family betray him and attempt to overthrow him, by poison, by the knife, by any means possible.

Little by little, Caligula becomes a bitter, resentful and vengeful Emperor, every shred of the boy he used to be eroded. As Caligula loses touch with reality, there is only one thing to be done before Rome is changed irrevocably…

A book about Caligula by Simon Turney? SAY NO MORE!

What do you think of this book? Let me know in the comments!

11 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Caligula by Simon Turney

  1. Definitely an intriguing book, and I'm struck by the difference between the cover and the blurb — the blurb speaks about something horrible in a way, but the cover is almost majestic.

  2. Sounds interesting but every time I see this name, I think of The Bronx Tale – I think it was also the name of the main kid. This cover is gorgeous so nice pick!

  3. Sorry for the late comment back…. 🙁

    That SURE is a GORGEOUS cover! And for such a subject, too.

    Caligula is infamous for his cruelties and excesses. It sure is interesting to find out how he got to be that way. This should be a FASCINATING read, in terms of psychology!

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you're having a GREAT week!! <3 <3 <3 🙂 🙂 🙂

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