I liked this book better than the first in the series.
[b:Imperium|243601|Imperium (Cicero, #1)|Robert Harris|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1173066789s/243601.jpg|1237325] began with the rise of Cicero to the level of Consul. It covered his prosecution of Verres, which pretty much started his rise.
The second book covers the political scene of his consulship and the few years after that. Sure, there were some liberties taken with history, but by in large, most of the facts are there. The delicious flavor of what's going on was formed by Harris's writing.
The story is again told through the eyes of Tyro, Cicero's rather famous secretary, which gave both a nice gravitas and humanity to the history playing out.
I loved all of the political maneuvering with Crassus, Cato, Pompey, Caesar, and others. It was like one of the most complicated games of chess I've ever read about and it was absolutely fantastic.
I can't wait for the last book in the trilogy.