In this, the fourth book in the Gaius Petreius Ruso novels, Ruso and his bride Tilla have returned to Britannia to start their lives as a married couple. However, it's not going to be as easy as it seems, as Ruso finds himself dragged into an investigation to find a missing tax-collector and more importantly, the money he was transporting. Along with that, there's rival native tribes, a very pregnant Iceni woman, native councils ready to betray each other for a denarii, and all sorts of mayhem. As with Ruth Downie's novels, the historical research is top notch, the humour borders on slapstick, and there's plenty of tragedy to balance out things. I do recommend that the previous three novels be read before taking on this one. This was published as Ruso and the River of Darkness
in the UK. Four stars overall, recommended.
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