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Six years after the battle for Rome, the truce between the two emperors has failed and Aurelius Castus is again in the frontline.
When a treacherous act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism, freedom and slavery, honour and treason have little meaning. At the very heart of the conflict are two vulnerable boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus's own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them. With all that he loves in danger, Castus and a handful of loyal men must fight to defend the Roman Empire. But in the heat of battle, can he distinguish friend from enemy?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the series, War at the Edge of the World. Click here to read the full reviews.
'What a cracker! ... Wonderful... A must for those interested in Roman history, especially of the late period, and a good read for book groups too. Fantastic' Nudge Book
'As with this whole series the research is exemplary, the attention to detail is first class, and yet not thrust down the reader's neck, it's subtle and yet intricate, and the battles are a joy to read. Another absolute winner' Parmenion Books
'Doesn't disappoint. Every maleficent twist and turn of Roman politico-military life is here together with Ian Ross own brand of excitement and adventure making it a should-read' The Bookbag
'With plenty of intrigue and bloody action, this is historical fiction at its rollicking best' Sunday Sport
'This tense, immersive novel is driven by the forceful yet always human Castus ... the best of a fine series, this also stands very well on its own' Sunday Express
'A corking story, thoroughly exciting and with some of the best fighting sequences I've read in Roman military fiction. I'm such a fan of this series but The Mask of Command could well be the best so far' For Winter Nights
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||13th July 2017|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical 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