Here is the second title in my historical puzzle mystery series written for the British Museum and published by Nosy Crow. Once more it has stunning illustrations by James Weston Lewis and a very clever design with pull-out code-cracking guide. Like book 1, The Curse of the Tomb Robbers, this exciting adventure is a hybrid of story, factual book, puzzle book and picture book for ages 7-11.
The story is centred around two young Roman friends, Flavia and Julius who live in Rome about 1900 years ago. When out exploring the city one day they overhear a strange conversation and realise that they have uncovered a plot to overthrow the Emperor himself!
But how can two children stop a gang of plotters and their hired thugs? Readers help Julius and Flavia by solving puzzles along the way and working out clues in Latin! There are things to spot, mysteries to solve and a chance to be a Roman detective.
The children are chased across the great city by the gang's henchmen. Along the way they hide in some of Rome's most amazing buildings and locations, including the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. During the adventure we find out amazing facts about aqueducts, Roman entertainments, soldiers, food and more.
There are mazes, logic puzzles, hidden clues and even Latin jokes to enjoy along the way. This is a fun and satisfying way to learn about Ancient Rome, with all of the historical and visual content approved by experts at the British Museum.
Will Flavia and Julius save the Emperor? How will they warn him? Can they sneak into his banquet, past the guards? What will they say to make the Roman leaders believe them? Do they have evidence? There's only one way to find out...