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Terra Incognita By Ruth Downie Terra Incognita It is spring in the year of and Hadrian has been Emperor of Rome for less than a year After getting involved with the murders of local prostitutes in the town of Deva Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso

  • Title: Terra Incognita
  • Author: Ruth Downie
  • ISBN: 9781596919662
  • Page: 390
  • Format: ebook
  • Terra Incognita By Ruth Downie It is spring in the year of 118, and Hadrian has been Emperor of Rome for less than a year After getting involved with the murders of local prostitutes in the town of Deva, Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town, so has volunteered for a posting with the Army on the volatile border where the Roman controlled half of Britannia meets the independent tribes of tIt is spring in the year of 118, and Hadrian has been Emperor of Rome for less than a year After getting involved with the murders of local prostitutes in the town of Deva, Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town, so has volunteered for a posting with the Army on the volatile border where the Roman controlled half of Britannia meets the independent tribes of the North Not only is he going to the hinterlands of the hinterlands, but it his slave Tillas homeland and she has some scores to settle there Soon they find that Tillas tribes people are being encouraged to rebel against Roman control by a mysterious leader known as the Stag Man, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier Ruso, unwillingly involved in the investigation of the murder, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the lover Worse, he is honour bound to try to prove the man innocent and the Army wrong by finding another suspect Soon both Rusos and Tillas lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romantic relationship.
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    1. Emelia on said:

      This was a fun book and a quick read.It is the story of a Roman medicus and his servant Tilla Ruso, the Roman doctor, finds himself in the middle of a murder when he is taking his servant back to her Brigante village and hopefully to see her father again On the way they stop at an Inn and Tilla goes outside during a storm to check on a woman whose baby she has just delivered Then all hell breaks loose as Tilla comes face to face with, who she believes, is the Great Horned God Cernunnos Ruso is f [...]

    2. Bettie☯ on said:

      MANY MILES SOUTH of Coria, Ruso gathered both reins in his left hand, reached down into the saddlebag, and took out the pie he had saved from last nightaudio rosado mp3 serieshist fic ancient hist roman britainmedicalNarrated by Simon VanceFrom wiki Coria was a fort and town, located 2.5 miles 4.0 km south of Hadrian s Wall, in the Roman province of Britannia Its full Latin name is uncertain Today it is known as Corchester or Corbridge Roman Site, adjoining Corbridge in the English county of Nor [...]

    3. Terence on said:

      Terra Incognita is the second installment in Downie s series about the hapless legionary physician Gaius Petreius Ruso and his slave, the British Tilla aka Darlughdacha This time he s traveling north to Hadrian s Wall with a cohort of the XX Legion as it happens, he s also heading into Tilla s homeland, whose natives are being incited to revolt by the Stag Man An accident strands Ruso at the border fort of Coria for several days, and he s asked to write a pro forma postmortem for the garrison s [...]

    4. Assaph Mehr on said:

      Ruso continues his contract as a medic with the 20th legion, this time up on the northern border Between wild barbarians, jumpy centurions, and his shady housekeeper, he gets dragged again into solving murders.What to ExpectThe novel is set Britannia at the start of Hadrian s reign Ruso is always reluctant to look at those murder he s a doctor, dammit, not an investigator but since no one else would he feels obliged Things naturally become much complicated than anyone expects, and Ruso is both [...]

    5. Blaine DeSantis on said:

      Second book in this series and this time we follow Medicus Ruso to the hinterlands of Britain, as he asked to transfer from the setting in the first book to this remote area Why To get away from some of the issues he was involved in at Deva and also to please his housekeeper Tilla who is from this area.It does not take Ruso long to get embroiled in a murder of a Roman Legionnaire and other issues Ruso is the proverbial reluctant hero, as he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time [...]

    6. Kathy Davie on said:

      Second in the ancient Roman mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Terra Incognita has Medicus Ruso and Tilla marching North with the Twentieth Legion due to unrest on the border Ruso has volunteered for this mission primarily to give Tilla the chance to reconnect with family a very disheartening reunion involving betrayal within betrayal and revolutionary plotting.Ruso finds himself under siege on several fronts a soldier has been ritually murdered Tilla is not allowed into the fort proper and, l [...]

    7. Margaret Metz on said:

      I m awaiting the fourth novel, which I won in a contest, and so I thought I would read the first one and see about catching up on the series before I read the one I d won I m so glad I did These are really well written historical novels that manage to capture the essence of the time period without sacrificing the character of any of the people involved.These are secular novels, but they are fairly clean I have to say fairly because that time period included things that many people would find obj [...]

    8. Ruth on said:

      c2008 Why these books have not yet been adapted for a TV series, I do not know The story is certainly character driven as the crime is not unsolvable for the reader but chugs on to a satisfying conclusion But the background and the characters are most definitely the stars As ever, when a book starts to make me shout at the characters, then I know it is doing its job I wanted to shake Russo when he was so offhand and suspicious of Tilla s gift And I was still thinking about it sometime after I ha [...]

    9. Chris on said:

      What I really like about this series is the wonderful sense of humor and characterization that Downie layers these books with Honestly, the mystery is rather simple, but it is like one of those Masterpiece Theatre things Nice and funny Comforting and totally enjoyable One of those books were it seems the author liked writing and is happy people are reading it.

    10. Valorie on said:

      Title Terra IncognitaAuthor s Ruth DownieGenre Fiction Historical, Fiction MysteryFinished May 10, 2009Rating 5 StarsIn Terra Incognita, Medicus Ruso and his housekeeper Tilla travel from Deva with the Twentieth Legion to join the Tenth Batavians in Coria, which is located just at the British boardlands and has little else for Ruso but good wine and trouble Once there, Ruso finds himself involved in another murder investigation This one involves a dead trumpeter by the name of Felix who met his [...]

    11. Ben Kane on said:

      Having greatly enjoyed the first book in this series, I felt compelled to move on to the second mild spoilers ahead The story takes up the story of Ruso, a somewhat hapless surgeon with the Twentieth Legion in Deva modern day Chester Sent north with a patrol, he finds himself in an outpost manned by auxiliaries and beset by rumours of tribal uprisings The area happens to be the homeground of Tilla, his slave and now lover As Ruso tries to come to grips with the injured soldiers and mad doctor of [...]

    12. D.G. on said:

      3.5 stars I don t know why I keep liking the books so much Yes, there is humor but it s subtle and understated The mysteries are decent but not crazy and unbelievable It s just a combination of a solid plot, some humor and the main character, who is so noble but trying to hide it He makes it seem as if doing the right thing is a chore but always comes true at the end.The romance aspect is a bit of a mystery because the reader has almost no clue as the feelings of Tilla, Ruso s lover Is she with [...]

    13. April on said:

      I quite enjoyed this story for the actual mystery, the history and the characters but the real gem in this and the first book is the interaction between Tilla and Ruso They aren t truly a couple but just like paired people everywhere, they have NO IDEA what the other one is thinking at any given time and end up completely misunderstanding each other on a regular basis The author uses this as sort of a levity inducing prop that keeps the story from being too dark and grim And the story is a bit g [...]

    14. Jamie Collins on said:

      I enjoyed this second book from Ruth Downie, a historical mystery set in Roman Britain at the beginning of Hadrian s reign It picks up immediately after the events in the first book, where army physician Guius Petreius Ruso acquired an unwanted reputation for investigating suspicious deaths.Ruso has obligingly moved to a northerly posting, where the natives are restless, so that his own personal Briton can visit what s left of her homeland He finds there an infirmary not up to his standards and [...]

    15. Sjo on said:

      This is a disapointing follow up to Ruth Downie s debut Medicus where she managed to create a fascinating Roman era Britain, complete with a character Gaius Ruso, who is either a nosy Roman military doctor, or Quincy in a toga Unfortunatley, in the second installment, she pursues a side story involving Ruso s barbarian love interest Tilla, and we delve into too many barbarian tribal type cliches when Ruso heads into hostile territory to find her Yes, they wear fur, dance at the moon, are honorab [...]

    16. Helen Hollick on said:

      Ruso and Tilla are absolute delights Ruth Downie has created a wonderfully witty, engrossing series that will have her readers turning the pages to discover not only who the murderer is, but also laughing at the delicious humour But don t be deceived by the wit, Ms Downie knows her stuff as far as the detail and the facts behind the fiction go.This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review Helen Hollickfounder DDRevs

    17. Yune on said:

      Ruso volunteers to serve a temporary assignment up north, where his slave Tilla s home lies, to duck out of the public eye for a while I was neutral about this idea at first, and soon grew disappointed Downie doesn t have the deft touch with cultural misunderstandings that, say, Gillian Bradshaw has see The Island of Ghosts for a story about Rome occupied Britain, from the perspective of a conquered Sarmatian The British here seem to speak in a stilted manner, are presented as superstitious to t [...]

    18. Pamela on said:

      Ruso, a Roman army doctor or medicus, is posted to the North of Britain On his arrival, he finds that a soldier has been killed, and the current doctor is determined to confess to the murder Inside the fort, Ruso is tasked with sorting out the infirmary, while outside the local natives are thought to be plotting a rebellion Against his better judgement, Ruso is dragged in to investigating the murder.Enjoyable story the plot is quite straightforward and the initial mystery often gets lost in the [...]

    19. J.R. on said:

      Gaius Petreius Ruso, a divorced army doctor attempting to sort out family debts and his personal life, volunteers for temporary duty on a northern outpost in Roman Britain In addition to a change of scenery, Ruso sought to bring his housekeeper slave Tilla back to her home village.En route to the posting, an act of sabotage seriously injures a soldier Thessalus, the resident medic, is under guard as a madman and claims to have murdered another soldier Ruso is asked to temporarily fill in until a [...]

    20. Serene on said:

      This is the last one I am going to read While I like elements of the series, the character Tilla really annoys me She is really unbelievable While I m sure slaves grew to have trusted places in their master s households, I just don t find her relationship with the medical officer in the army that believeable I also still feel the series feels too modern for me The main character s values seem like those of a modern guy I also liked the character of Thessalus He was an interesting character, and [...]

    21. Rebecca Huston on said:

      A very enjoyable book in the series This time Ruso and Tilla head north to the outposts along Hadrian s Wall at least, where it will be A missing head, a runaway wagon, unhappy natives, beer and brewing and the mysterious Gathering all play a part in this one Those who like a good stir of humour in their stories should enjoy this one Four stars overall and recommended To read the longer review, please go here epinions review Book_T

    22. Dawn on said:

      I like the idea of this series than I m liking the books themselves Ruso s persistent ineptness when it comes to women is tiresome and Tilla s stubbornness, deceit and willful ignorance can be monotonous I love the setting, especially in this book, at Hadrian s Wall The descriptiveness that the author brings to her writing in regards to the people and places is wonderful and in my opinion, is the stories saving grace This was a good mystery set in Roman Britian with characters that could be en [...]

    23. Leah on said:

      I love the setting for these books Roman Britain, so interesting and the characters are interesting, the pace light and breezy, but I have to say I m not real moved by the actual writing This was worth reading, but I didn t ever feel super compelled to pick it up kinda had to slog through it Still, though, it gives you a god feeling for what things were maybe like, and I love that

    24. Dolphe on said:

      While I enjoyed Medicus the first in the series of these novels, I was wary of continuing to read the whole series Terra Incognita changed my mind The second novel fleshes out the characters far which is to be expected I presume As a big fan of Steven Saylor s work, I looked to Ruth Downie as a possible complement and I would say I have found it.

    25. Ken Cartisano on said:

      Excellent book To those unfamiliar with the writer or the series, I suggest you start with the first book in the series, The Medicus I started them out of order, and it ruins a few of the surprises from the earlier books, even still, each book stands alone as an excellent story.

    26. Sarah on said:

      I m really enjoying this series Another review described the protagonist as hapless, and that about covers it He s a good doctor, but he just stumbles around in a fog otherwise Very entertaining.

    27. Dfunky1 on said:

      The characters are three dimensional and the story intriguing This text is delightful within its genre of historical mysteries.

    28. Abi Gurden on said:

      Another winner from Ruth Downie, this is Book 2 in the Ruso series.This time Ruso is sent north, to be stationed at the newly constructed Hadrian s Wall Here, his slave Tilla is at home, as this is where she was stolen.Her story about how she came to be stolen, who stole her, and how she ended up with Ruso is gradually explored.Ruso, meanwhile, has to deal with a medical station that s barely functioning, a gruesome murder apparently carried out by a pagan God, and the previous Doctor who appear [...]

    29. Nicole on said:

      Terra Incognita was a random choice from the local bookstore that was closing Sadly the description was the most exciting part for me I did like the start and the set up of the plot but it quickly got boring for me however I did want to know who the Stag Man was so I kept reading I think part of the problem was that Terra Incognita is the second book in a series and I did not know that at the time.Ruso was an interesting character, being a military doctor I expected him to be disciplined and fir [...]

    30. D.L. Morrese on said:

      Britannia is the cold, wet, backwater of the Roman empire It s full of illiterate, unsophisticated, superstitious, and often violent barbarians One of them is Doctor Ruso s housekeeper, Tilla Ruso, a medical cog in Rome s great military machine, has found her incomprehensible ever since he bought her But he tends to find most women incomprehensible, a trait shared by most men then and now.In the second book of this delightful series, Ruso finds himself once again, and despite his best efforts, t [...]

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