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War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross

War at the Edge of the World

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January 2015 Debut of the Month.

A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in Britain to join the many. It begins a series, Twilight of Empire, set here in AD305 and features an old Roman campaigner, Aurelius Castus, who feels he’s been put out to grass in the inhospitable terrain of Hadrian’s Wall. Only the Picts want to talk and Castus gets to lead a dangerous mission across the border. Pacy and very readable if you’re a Roman addict, this is well worth a go.

If you like Ian Ross you might also like to read books by Simon Scarrow, Anthony Riches and Ben Kane.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting, entirely believable book set beyond the Roman wall in fourth century Britain.  If you love Roman battles and warfare you will love this book.'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Wow, fantastic. There aren't enough words to describe this book.'
  • Les Warriner - 'I loved this book! I was both captivated and fascinated by the rapid progress of events, and the seeming ingenuity of the methods of war and death.  I found the book impossible to put down at times.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'This is not my usual read but I thoroughly enjoyed it...I learnt a lot about this period of history and would recommend this book to readers who may not be familiar with this historical period.' 
  • Ray Orgill - 'This story is both fast and furious with fortunes swaying first one way and then the other and nothing is quite so simple as we have been lead to believe..'
  • Jane Macleod - 'If you enjoy historical novels with a large chunk of action, if you enjoyed the film 300 then this is for you.'


War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross

Aurelius Castus believes his glory days are over. He used to be a soldier in the elite legions of the Danube. Now he is stuck in Britain's provincial backwater. But history takes a hand when the king of the Picts, the savage people beyond Hadrian's Wall, dies in mysterious circumstances, and Castus is selected to command the bodyguard of a Roman envoy sent to negotiate with the barbarians. The diplomatic mission ends in bloody tragedy. Castus and his men are soon fighting for their lives and the legionary discovers that nothing about his doomed mission was ever what it seemed.


'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events' Conn Iggulden

'Ian Ross blazes in the world of Empire and legions... This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane' M .C. Scott

'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable... Where's the next volume, please?' Ben Kane

About the Author

Ian Ross

Ian Ross was born in England and studied painting before turning to writing fiction. He has travelled widely and worked as a bookseller, tutor and university lecturer while developing his writing abilities. A year in Italy teaching English and exploring the ruins of empire reawakened his early love for ancient history, and he returned to the UK with growing fascination for the period known as late antiquity. He has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade, and his interests combine an obsessive regard for accuracy and detail with a devotion to the craft of storytelling. He lives in Bath, keeps unsociable hours and has never owned a television or a car.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2015


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416 pages


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