Cast Not The Day
It is the middle of fourth century AD, and the Roman empire has been ruled for a generation by Christian emperors. Three brothers – the sons of the emperor Constantine the Great – are joint rulers and ruthless rivals. Beyond its borders, the vast empire is threatened by foreign enemies. And now, at last, the Church, with the force of the state behind it, is moving to crush all opposition to its power.
But in Britain there is resistance.
Against this backdrop of civil war and disarray, Drusus, a young British nobleman of Roman birth, learns of the betrayal of his father by enemies at court. He faces the loss of all he has known. As his life is torn apart, he must decide who to trust, who to care for and who to fight; and he must make choices which will forge the man he will become.
Cast Not the Day is a tale of love and loss, freedom and tyranny, and of man’s struggle to know himself, set against a world of chaos where faith and reason clash.
UK Publisher: Macmillan
Hardcover February 2009; Paperback April 2009
US & Translation rights: JPLA
'A gripping read, skilfully evoking a world both exotic and oddly familiar.'
- The Observer
'The choice of late antiquity as a setting for a historical novel is inspired...Waters is clearly intimate with the history...His characterisation is believable and the register of language correctly gauged.
The book's ending leaves the door open for a sequel or two: there is certainly material for a trilogy here; and one gets the feeling that this work will culminate with the unveiling of that perennial hero Julian the Apostate. It would be a brave man who went boldly where Gore Vidal has already been, but if this book is any indication, Waters, an author of exceptional talent, is that man.'
- David McLaurin, The Tablet
'Lively and well researched.'
- Daily Mail
'Paul Waters writes with knowledge and understanding. Times which now are distant come alive for us with his words on the page. We look forward to his next novel – and the next and the next.'
– Francis Cameron, Books on the Broad