After Marcus and Gauis receive training from Renius, a massive slave result went through Gaius's estate, leading to Gaius' father dead and many others. Gauis' was now to be called Julius Caesar.
"Coming of Age" is one of the main themes of this books. My opinion would be that this scene is the best display of that, as Gaius somberly does the tasks of his dead father immediately after his death.
The main conflict is introduced to the story when Gaius leaves his estate to live with his Uncle for a little while. There, he learns of the dispute between his Uncle and a man named Sulla. Both men want control of Rome.
A full-scale war is fought for control of Rome that results in Marius' death and Gaius' capture.
After Gaius' capture, Marius decides that instead of killing him, he would let him live, as long as he never returned to Rome. At this point, all Gaius can think about is the safety of his wife and the death of his uncle.
Leave and never return!
This conflict is resolved when Gaius decides to join the military and vows to one day come back and defeat Sulla, the avenge his uncle and to take control of Rome. Meanwhile, Marcus has been off fighting as a legionary to make a name for himself.
The book ends with Gaius deciding he wants to start his fighting in Egypt. Marcus reveals his full name on the last page of the book, writing out Marcus Brutus when signing up for the army again.
Well...this is awkward.
I can say with full confidence that this novel was one of the best books I have ever had to read for school. There were so many interesting characters and intriguing scenes. I would recommend this book to someone who isn't even looking for a historical fiction novel in general, but just as a good book to read. I can't wait to read the second book.