(1 customer review)
Publication Date: 28 May 2023
Categories: HistoricalISBN: 9781915603135
“I, Archimedes the mathematician, son of Phidias the astronomer, prostrate myself before the goddess of wisdom. May Athena restore our people to her favour and see us through the descending storm…”
So begins The Beast in the Labyrinth, a story of sly and pitiless ambition.
Hieron, the tyrant of Syracuse, is struggling to chart a course between the warring empires of Rome and Carthage. His only close confidante is his eccentric cousin, Archimedes. But Hieron is ninety years old, and his nobles are scheming in the shadows. The two old men turn to Dion, the kingdom’s most brutal warrior.
Surrounded by smiling enemies, and menaced by the rival empires, Dion’s mental stability comes under increasing pressure. Will he prove the kingdom’s salvation or its destruction?
Toby Roberts was educated at The Leys School, Cambridge, and Exeter College, Oxford. Having worked in London, Tokyo and New York as a financial trader, he now lives in Gloucestershire with Sharon, his wife of thirty years. They have two daughters. The Beast in the Labyrinth is his debut novel.
Sharon (Guest Review) - 09 Aug, 2023
Despite this not being a genre I would normally read, I absolutely loved it. Not only is it beautifully written, with such lines as ‘We build our misjudgments like walls, and only abandon them with reluctance’. The characters are complex and brutal, and give us an insight to ancient Greek civilisation. I loved the political intrigue and was left wanting more. Can’t wait for the next book.