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A Frequent Traveller’s Guide to Jovan by Senna Black

A soldier who can't keep his temper, a politician too sly for his own good, and their niece the Empress, who doesn't know what she's in for. 

Welcome to Monsilys, capital of an empire racked by intrigue, facing invaders abroad and traitors within.

Since the death of their brother the Emperor brought the Lords Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then the Empress sends them to the frontier to investigate rumours of treason, and they find themselves drawn back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier.

As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin’s weapon is cunning diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Oct 16, 2010: The story begins with Uncle Cassius being wakened by a summoning from his niece, the Empress. She’s caught wind of the latest trouble her two uncles are involved in. The two men might remind you of Aramis and Athos from the Three Musketeers. They’re good, intelligent men, but they do try to use their swords more than diplomacy.

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By cpgrisw, member

Dec 27, 2011: This author draws you in with characters you care about and an engrossing story-line. The writing is clear and flowing and the attention to detail brings the story to life. It is not often that you find an author who can create a world as vividly real as this.

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A new take on traditional imperial inspiration

By Erin Klitzke, author of The Last Colony

Jun 3, 2011: I am fascinated by and love studying the Romans, especially from the late Republic and early Imperial eras, then toward the fall of the empire (mostly 5th century). Part of what drew me to the Traveller’s Guide was the very clear Imperial inspiration for Jovan. If you have even a passing knowledge of the history of the Roman Empire, or European history as a larger whole, your mind is awake and brimming with the possibilities of what the adventures undertaken by the imperial Uncles might lead to. Names like Gallica [more . . .]

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By adenpenn, member

Feb 21, 2011: I just spent the first half of my eight hour work day reading this story. Now that I am all caught up, I would like it to be next week so we can move onto the next part.

This is quite a compelling read, there is court intrigue without it being boring and stuffy. The characters are loveable and hateable and you very quickly start to care about what is going on in their lives.

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