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Fire and Sword by Harry Sidebottom

Fire and Sword

Part of the Throne of the Caesars Series
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‘Fire and Sword’ is a powerful addition to the epic ‘Throne of the Caesars’ series. The Year of the Six Emperors continues in bloody and back stabbing style, covering three months of battle, both in the field and the senate. Roman versus Roman sees power changing sides frequently, it’s not a good year to be an emperor. The maps, glossary and list of characters are welcome additions and I read them all to settle myself back in, before embarking on this dramatic tale. Harry Sidebottom excels in bringing a human side to each of the characters, these men and women display both admirable and repulsive traits, sometimes at the same time. Allowing such a varied cast access to this tale, ensures it feels personal, almost touchable, from the plebs who live in the moment, through to those who scrabble and scheme for ultimate power. The story builds layer by fascinating layer ensuring ‘Fire and Sword’ is an impressively compelling and convincing tale. ~ Liz Robinson

May 2016 eBook of the Month.

If you like Harry Sidebottom you might also like to read books by Anthony Riches, M. C. Scott and Ian Ross.


Fire and Sword by Harry Sidebottom

'Absorbing and brilliant ...Game of Thrones without the dragons' THE TIMES The third book in Sidebottom's epic series set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. Rome AD238. The Year of the Six Emperors. The empire is in turmoil. With the Gordiani, father and son, dead in Africa, the tyrant Maximinus Thrax vies to reclaim the throne. The Senate, who supported the revolt of the Gordiani, must act quickly to avoid the vengeance of Maximinus. They elect two Senators to share the imperial purple. But fighting erupts in the streets as ambitious men call for violent revolution. Can the new Augusti hold the city together as the empire's farthest territories fight off bloody attacks from the Goths and the Persians in the east? In the north of Italy, Maximinus descends on Aquileia. Against the odds, Menophilus, an old friend of the younger Gordian, prepares to defend the town. In one of the greatest sieges of the empire, its fate will be decided in a fight for victory, for revenge, for Rome. Filled with intrigue, betrayal and bloody battle, Fire & Sword creates a magnificent world built on brutality and political games, where no one is safe from retribution - not even those who dare to rule.


Praise for BLOOD & STEEL: 'Absorbing, rich in detail and brilliant

& RUST: 'An amazing story of bloodlust, ruthless ambition and revenge
THE TIMES Praise for Harry Sidebottom:

'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship'

'Superior fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place'

'A storming triumph...wonderful fight scenes, deft literary touches and salty dialogue'

About the Author

Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom was brought up in racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer. Educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. He has taught at various universities including Oxford, where he is now Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College.

He has travelled widely, especially around the Mediterranean, including trips travelling as a guest speaker on a Cunard liner and a memorable solo journey into Albania not long after the fall of the dictator Enver Hoxha.

All his life he has gone racing, and played and watched rugby and cricket. He was a founder member of Woodstock Rugby Football Club and has recently discovered the pleasures of real tennis.

Author photo © James Hawkins Photography

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19th May 2016


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


464 pages


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