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Imperial Vengeance

by Ian Ross

Part of the Twilight of Empire Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Imperial Vengeance

An entirely captivating and thrilling read set within the heart of the Roman Empire in AD323. This is the fifth ‘Twilight of Empire’ novel and a must read for historical adventure seekers. I will admit to this being my first foray into the series, yet immediately felt at home and I feel this could easily read as a standalone. Honourable military commander Aurelius Castus finds himself in the middle of a power play between the emperor and his son. Ian Ross sets the scene beautifully, in fact the first sentence screamed with impact, snaring my attention, and the pages didn’t let me go until I had turned the very last one. I was by the side of Castus as he balanced on a knife edge between two of the most powerful men in his world, and I fought by his side in the bloodiest of battles, both large and small. The author’s note explains the history behind this tale, and the blend of fact and fiction has created an absolutely cracking read. ‘Imperial Vengeance’ is a swiftly moving adventure into the past, one that feels so authentically real it takes you there… now do excuse me while I nip out to get the first four in the series.  Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Imperial Vengeance Synopsis


Aurelius Castus is one of the leading military commanders of an empire riven by civil war. As the emperor Constantine grows ever more ruthless in his pursuit of power, Castus fears that the world he knows is slipping away. On the eve of the war's final campaign, Castus discovers that the emperor's son Crispus aims to depose his father and restore the old ways of Rome. Castus must choose between honour and survival, and face a final confrontation with the most powerful man in the Roman world, the ruler he has sworn loyally to serve: the emperor Constantine himself.

Imperial Vengeance 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.'

Imperial Vengeance Press Reviews


'A corking story, thoroughly exciting and with some of the best fighting sequences I've read
For Winter Nights

'With plenty of intrigue and bloody action, this is historical fiction at its rollicking best'
Sunday Sport

'This tense, immersive novel is [...] the best of a fine series'
Sunday Express

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ISBN: 9781784975296
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784975296
Publication date: 11th January 2018
Author: Ian Ross
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical 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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