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Tyrants aren't born they're raised.

Ancient Rome, AD 37

It begins with a man's hand curled around another's throat. Emperor Tiberius first dispatches a traitor. Then his whole family. Next all his friends. It is as if he never existed.

This is Roman Justice

Into this fevered forum, a child is born. His mother is Agrippina, granddaughter of Emperor Augustus. But their imperial blood is no protection. The closer you are to the heart of the empire, the closer you are to power, intrigue, and danger.

She faces soldiers, senators, rivals, silver-tongued pretenders, each vying for position. One mistake risks exile, incarceration, execution. Or, worst of all, the loss of her infant son. For Agrippina knows that opportunity waits, even in your darkest moments. Her son is everything. She can make this boy, shape him into Rome itself - the one all must kneel before.

But first they must survive.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241587324
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 636g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 36 mm

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Great start to a new trilogy
Life was cheap in Roman times! The violence and brutality meted out mindlessly is horrific. Nevertheless, I was so excited to find that Conn Iggulden is ... READ MORE
Fiona McKinlay
Book one of the Nero Trilogy
Nero is book one of the Nero Trilogy set in Ancient Rome. This book covers the early years of the boy who will one day become the infamous emperor. When t... READ MORE
Rosie Amber
Harsh and unrelenting look at Roman life!!
I’ve followed Conn Iggulden since his first novel and he very rarely disappoints. His books deal with some extremely brutal periods in history and this one... READ MORE
Steven Rudd
A real page turner!
Life was cheap in Roman times! The violence and brutality meted out mindlessly is horrific. Nevertheless, I was so excited to find that Conn Iggulden is ... READ MORE
Fiona McKinlay
Great Start To A Trilogy
*I was lucky enough to receive an arc from Netgalley and Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.* The Emperor Nero is such a fascinating ... READ MORE
Rowan Brennan-Jesson
Completely and utterly recommended.
My thanks to the Author publisher's and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review. All we have come to exp... READ MORE
John McCormick
Bringing the Roman empire of AD37 to life
I have read a couple of books by this author and really enjoyed them. As this is the first part of a three part series I came to it with an open mind and I... READ MORE
Joe Singleton
Interesting First Book in a New Trilogy
I've been meaning to read Conn Iggulden's book for a while now, so when I saw an ARC for Nero I immediately requested it. Retelling the infamous tale of... READ MORE
Megan Rose
Very high quality historical fiction.
In this first book of the Nero trilogy we meet the future leader of Rome as a child. Born into the family line of Augustus on his mother’s side, the ever ... READ MORE
Peter  Evans
Excellent first book of a trilogy
I enjoyed this story. It’s a good mixture of facts and added dialogue to make for an interesting story. The story paints a challenging life for both rich a... READ MORE
Politics and family discord
Emperor Tiberius has been 'retired' on the Isle of Caprae, indulging in the worst excesses as his health fails. When he hears that his interim, Sejanus, h... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Delicious backstabbing drama
I always feel a thrill when I get my hands on historical fiction written by Conn Iggulden. No boring, staid stories of ancient times, here. It's all action... READ MORE