The Ides of April (Roman Empire Sequence, #2) by Mary Ray

The Ides of April (Roman Empire Sequence, #2)

Hylas is a young Greek slave in the household of Caius Pomponius, a Roman Senator involved in political schemes. When the senator is found mysteriously murdered, the household slaves (including Hylas and his mother) fall under suspicion. Hylas escapes capture long enough to enlist the aid of a young tribune, Camillus Rufus. The desparate attempt to unravel the threads of the political intrigue carries Camillus into the very presence of Nero and b...

Details The Ides of April (Roman Empire Sequence, #2)

TitleThe Ides of April (Roman Empire Sequence, #2)
Release DateMay 2nd, 2005
PublisherBethlehem Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Academic, School, Mystery, Childrens

Reviews The Ides of April (Roman Empire Sequence, #2)

  • Kyle Publius
    The Ides of April, by Mary Ray, is a very suspenseful and exiting book based on Roman history. In this book there is a smart, young, witty slave named Hylas who is able to escape from his master’s house after an unknown man murders his master. When a master is murdered in ancient Rome, it means death for all of his slaves. While Hylas is trying to survive, he is also trying to find the real killer so all of the slaves, including his mother, can...
  • twice_baked✌️
    Yeeep, it's April, so I'm rereading it. (the following review was written a long time ago so try not to roll your eyes too hard.)I loved this book. It was clever and compelling and very interesting. Hylas' master is found dead, and, since back then all the servants were killed or imprisoned if their masters died, the servants are taken to prison until a time when they can be executed. Hylas alone escapes and goes to find help from his "friend" an...
  • Hester
    Grabbed me in to the world.
  • Jacque
    We read this book for school. MD gave it 5 stars, CN 4 and MK 3.5. I give it 4. It was an interesting story and we all enjoyed it. The language and names were difficult to pronounce at times, which made it harder for the kids to follow along.
  • K. Osborn
    Ok - techinically, this was a read-aloud with my twelve-year old for home school curriculum. But, as I read every word and we had lengthy discussion afterward, I feel ok counting it as a book for my challenge! ;)P.S. Twelve-year old found it a little challenging to follow all of the characters but liked the mystery.
  • Amy
    I read this aloud to my children (between the ages 10-14). We all enjoyed the story. Great strong characters, believable storyline, good mystery, and the best part we learned some history from this time period (1st century AD). The writing is a bit formal, so I found it harder to read for a read-aloud, less "flow". But I think in the end that is good. Helps develop our language skills.
  • Lisa
    A suspenseful historical novel for children filled with mystery and intrigue. Set in Ancient Rome during the time of emperor Nero in A.D. 62, the slave, Hylas, escapes to freedom after the murder of his master, while all the rest of the household slaves, including his beloved mother, are arrested and doomed to die. He must find who really killed his master, and in the process is helped by his Christian neighbor, Varro, and the young Roman tribune...
  • Kiersten
    This was a fun read. The book does a decent job of painting Roman life and the story is a page-turner. A friend didn't like the writing style, and indeed, there were parts when I had to stop and figure out what was happening. I would have appreciated more description. The character list at the front of the book was very helpful and I referred to it more than once as I was getting familiar with all the names.
  • Anna
    I read this book for school. Overall, I thought it was a pretty well though-out novel. I wish that Ms. Ray would have stuck with one point of view for the whole story - or at least for whole chapters or sections - instead of jumping around, but it still worked. I also wished that some of the characters - like Blandina, Decianus, and Dominia Faustina were explored a little more.But overall, a decent read.3.5/5
  • Emma Filbrun
    I like The Ides of April! As a mystery story it is very well-written; as a picture of Rome in the time of Nero it is exceptional. I just finished reading it aloud to my children a few days ago. The younger ones didn’t understand everything, but the older ones appreciated it.Read my full review here.
  • Ciera
    I learned a whole bunch about life in the Roman Empire under Nero. When a murder takes place, young Hylas is forced to flee from his home where he was a slave. When his family and friends are taken captive, accused of the murder, he and his friends embark on a dangerous mission to find the real murderer and set his family free.
  • Kara
    Set in A.D. 62, this book tells the story of a young slave of a senator and a tribune who are together attempting to solve the murder of the senator in order to save all the household slaves, who will otherwise be executed for the crime. The mystery element was good, but I found the book to be a little bit on the dry side.
  • Pam
    Good slice of History for young adults or younger readers, I enjoyed the suspense and intrigue. Felt a few things could have been explain in more detail about the “circus”. I do prefer a more detailed depiction and illustration of the activities of historical cultures. The living places that were described in detail were explained well and gave a clearer image of life in those times.
  • Quin
    The beginning of the story was good when it was setting up the story then became a little boring in the middle where the conflict was. The ending was just as good as the beginning but the middle was stretched a little longer than it should have been. Overall it was okay but i wouldn't read it again.
  • Margaret Metz
    We used this as part of our homeschool program. I love to supplement our history with historical fiction. Bethlehem Books has some particularly good books to choose from. The stories are interesting and they make for great conversations around the dinner table.
  • Sarah
    In the Ides of April, the servants of Aulus are falsely accused of murdering their master and are to be executed. Only Hylas escapes to an apartment nearby where he meets a Christian man who helps him to find evidence to release his mother and friends.
  • Mary Ann
    Next book for Tara's schooling.I had to force myself through this one. It wasn't bad, but I lost track of the characters from the beginning and it wasn't written in a compelling style. The story had potential, which it didn't really fulfil.
  • Elzbeth
    Hylus's master is killed and the household slaves, himself included, are under suspicion and imprisoned. Hylus manages to escape imprisonment and goes to an influential man who owes Hylus his life. Before the other slaves are killed, Hylus and Camilus must find the real killer.
  • Caitlin
    In ancient Rome, a greek slave, and a Roman tribune attempt to solve a senator's murder in order to save the household slaves, who will otherwise be executed for the crime. Although I thought The Ides of April had a good mystery, I found the overall story to be a bit on the dry side.
  • Kristine Hansen
    An exciting tale of mystery in ancient Rome. Hylas the slave flees the site of a murder - but returns to save his fallow slaves. His only hope - a nobleman whose life he saved. This was a story that kept us interested from the first page. Well-written and a very different look at Rome.
  • Hailey Rose
    The story was wonderful, but the writing was difficult to follow. I had to read over the same part multiple times to understand.
  • Claire
    I read this for a middle school homeschooling class that I am teaching. A great murder mystery.
  • Dave
    Reading this one to Clara. A murder mystery set in Rome in 62 A.D. It has potential.
  • Shruthi
    I definitely did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It was extremely herd to follow, and the ending is a bit of a let down.
  • Brenna
    It was a good story but it was long and boring.
  • Ally
    Very boring
  • Karen
    Good historical fiction. I just had a hard time following it.
  • Lina
    One of my absolute favorite historical novels. Anything with a ancient Roman slave apprentice and I'm a bummer. Call me crazy.
  • Macy
    Much better than I thought it would be, makes me feel like I am living in the time period. Sometimes there is a little too much detail and the book is a little dated, but I would still recommend it.