Die Ewigen - Die Gärten von Rom by Chriz Wagner (English)


Die Ewigen - Die Gärten von Rom

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Hello, my friends and followers,

this time my review is about a mystery, which is set in the world history. In the first installment it is about Rome :). Who wouldn't like to visit Rome, the Eternal City?

The cover shows a beautiful garden: Right and left in the lower section of the cover stand box trees and box hedges, which are cut into squares and let a free room for flower beds, herbs and similar things. In the middle of the garden is a white, Roman statue of a probably distinguished man with a long coat. The garden adjoins a weather-beaten wall which is covered 3/4 by vines (right and continue up to the middle). 
 
On the left side over the wall, you can recognize a bridge with two golden statues. Right when viewed from the wall, you can find a section of a temple. Aside of the wall is a triumphal arch and behind of it a town hall or courtroom. In the middle is a Roman arena located.

The colours range from green and yellow in the lower section and red and brown in the upper section. The font is in white and elegant.
The front of the novel looks simply spectacular and impress the readers. 

To the book:
It is a series, called "Die Ewigen" from the publishing company Endeavor Press Ltd.. The novel concludes with the story line and you can read each part of the series separately.
 
Plot
Simon, whose family name is unknown, always lived eternally on earth. He can't die. He can't love. 
 
His purpose in life is to search for magical places where witchcraft and divine events happen.

However, what is even more important for him is to fathom out the truth and why he lives.

From his past we, as the readers, only discover what Simon indicates in the novel.

Will he meet others of his kind or even his family?
About  728 ab urde condita (at the time of the town's founding of Rome), several days' journeys away from Rome, on a land territory, Anzino at the Tiber "Centre of the World":

Simon is not invulnerable. His body is exhausted because of the long trip. He is thirsty and comb throughout the surrounding area for an accomodation.

However, suddenly, his efforts are disturbed by the arrival of a stranger, who is an acquaintance of the community.

Everywhere you can hear: "He is there!". Yet the children are frightened, not allowed to go there and have to hide.

All adults are at the roundabout by the river. At least thirty people, men and women. They all have colourful flags in their hands or on their bodies to greet Magnus, their acquaintance

Magnus is a strongly built, sturdy man with short, dark locks and a full beard. On his head, he wears a foolscap with points in four colours: blue, red, yellow, green. He is a juggler and a gambler.
At First Magnus begins to juggle four even balls. The crowd stands in a circle around him. The show has an infectious effect on the people, they are in trance.

Magnus increase the number of balls fast. Suddenly there are eight (2 of every colour) and then he changes the balls for colourful fire flames. 
 
Simon is alert. He notices that something sinister is going on.
A hungry hyena roams the masses and the smell of decay floats through the air. Anyway the bystanders don't perceive it. When they are disturbed, the individual is furious. 
 
Simon interferes the performance by asking questions and when the hyena rips a hole in his water bag. This provokes the juggler to play a game with three colourful tin mugs: red, green and yellow and a blue triangular scarf. The triangular scarf must be found under one tin mug after he moved them fast around on the table.
 
Even though Simon spots the illusion soon. The juggler has the blue pennant in his hand. And nonetheless that the playmaker warned him before, Simon uncovers the fraud and mocks the jester.
30 years later

Simon arrived in Rome. As a result that he has no money and that he is no citizen of Rome, the quaestor Vitus gives him the chance to fulfill his charges by resuming a regular job. This happens in the garden of a friend of the quaestor who has not enough staff. 

The gardener receives her orders from the architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who gets his instructions from the Emperor Augustus.

"On central places in Rome parks must be created which benefits the health of the general public."

What other things Simon experience and who he meets on his way, you'll find out by reading the book :

Die Ewigen - Die Gärten von Rom

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