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.
The epic first instalment in a sequence of novels set at the end of the Roman Empire, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine. Centurion Aurelius Castus - once a soldier in the elite legions of the Danube - believes his glory days are over, as he finds himself in the cold, grey wastes of northern Britain, battling to protect an empire in decline. When the king of the Picts dies in mysterious circumstances, Castus is selected to guard the Roman envoy sent to negotiate with the barbarians beyond Hadrian's Wall. Here he will face the supreme challenge of command, in a mission riven with bloodshed and treachery, that tests his honour to the limit. As he struggles to avert disaster and keep his promise to a woman he has sworn to protect, Castus discovers that nothing about this doomed enterprise was ever what it seemed.
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PRAISE FOR THE TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE SERIES:
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events
'Ian Ross blazes in the world of Empire and legions ... This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane'
'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable ... Where's the next volume, please?
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events'
'Ian Ross blazes in the world of Empire and legions ... This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane' M.C. Scott
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, War & combat fiction,|
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 ...More About Ian Ross