Empire of Time: New Pompeii (Book 2)
by Daniel Godfrey
“For fifteen years, the Romans of New Pompeii have kept the outside world at arm’s length with the threat of using Novus Particles device to alter time. Yet Decimus Horiatus Pullus – once Nick Houghton and now ambassador for New Pompeii – knows the real reason the Romans don’t use the device for their own ends: they can’t make it work without grisly consequences.
This fragile peace is threatened when an outsider promises to help the Romans use the technology. And there are those beyond Pompeii’s walls who are desperate to destroy a town where slavery and deadly gladiatorial combat flourish. When his own name is found on an ancient artifact dug up at the real Pompeii, Nick knows that someone in the future has control of the device. The question is: whose side are they on?”
After reading New Pompeii last year, I knew I wanted to read more and I did not even realise that a second book was being released until I received an ARC from Titan Books. I would say that you need to have read the first book to understand what is going on, I found it easy to get back into without refreshing myself after a year.
Fifteen years after the transfer of people, from Pompeii as Vesuvius erupted to New Pompeii, and Culpurnia still cannot use the NovusPart device to bring her husband back from the eruption. However, the archeologists in Pompeii have discovered writing on frescos which prove that the device must be working in the future.
I really enjoyed reading this book compared with the previous one, as I was already used to the switching between storylines or different times/places. It was a little confusing with remembering that Nick and Pullus are the same person, but it definitely helped for the switching between Naples and New Pompeii.
I have grown to like Nick a lot more in this book compared to the last, I also enjoyed reading Achillia’s parts of ancient Rome. In New Pompeii my favourite was Calpurnia, but I like her a lot less in this book, whether that’s because we see a lot less of her than we did before or because she has grown in different ways since the previous book.
I am not sure which part is my favourite, but I did really like Achillia’s parts because they were so different. There were plenty of twists and turns, most of which threw me completely. I was also being thrown from one emotion to another. It is such a rollercoaster.
Empire of Time does end on a cliffhanger, however there is currently nothing about another book.
While reading this book, I described it as what happens fifteen years after moving a city through time, with the changes in the city and the changes in attitudes in the wider world. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults. 4 out of 5.