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Swords Around the Throne

by Ian Ross

Part of the Twilight of Empire Series

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Swords Around the Throne

The second novel in this gripping series, set at the end of the Roman Empire, sees a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine.

Swords Around the Throne Synopsis

Rome is in peril. The old order is changing. Centurion Aurelius Castus has been summoned back from Britain to find himself caught up in a treasonous conspiracy threatening to bring down the Emperor Constantine. Rewarded for saving the emperor's life, Castus is promoted to the elite imperial bodyguard: the swords around the throne. But he soon discovers the court to be as dangerous as the battlefield. Behind the gilded facade of empire lurks a nest of traitors and one relentless enemy.

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Swords Around the Throne Reader Reviews

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.

  • 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.'

Swords Around the Throne Press Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TWILIGHT OF EMPIRE SERIES:

'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

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ISBN: 9781788542746
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788542746
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Author: Ian Ross
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical adventure, War & combat fiction,

About 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 ...

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