The Empire series begins a new era - Marcus has fled from Britannia, but the emperor's henchmen are still on his trail.
Britannia has been subdued - and an epic new chapter in Marcus Valerius Aquila's life begins.
Posted to the Second Tungrian auxiliary cohort's original home in Germania Inferior, Marcus finds a very different world from the turbulent British frontier - but one with its own dangers. Tungrorum, the center of a once-prosperous farming province, a city already brought low by the ravages of the eastern plague that has swept through the empire, is now threatened by an outbreak of brutally violent robbery. A bandit chieftain called Obduro, his identity always hidden behind an iron cavalry helmet, is robbing and killing with impunity.
His sword - sharper, stronger and more deadly than any known to the Roman army - is the lethal symbol of his unstoppable power. And now he has moved beyond mere theft and threatens to destabilize the whole northern frontier of the empire...
This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. - Conn Iggulden
A damn fine read . . . fast-paced, action-packed. - Ben Kane
Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field . . . . real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. - Manda Scott
Muscular in prose and approach, the novel is riveting and direct. - History Today on THE LEOPARD SWORD
This is a fast-paced, action-packed read. Anthony Riches brings alive the harsh reality of the Roman world - the period, people, and culture - in a frenetic and exciting novel which is well researched and tinged with humour. The battle scenes are vivid and expertly told . . . Difficult to put down, this is a welcome addition to the genre . . . Recommended - Historical Novels Review on THE LEOPARD SWORD
Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. Inspired by a visit to Housesteads in 1996, he began the story that would grow into his two Roman series: Empire and The Centurions. He is also the author of a contemporary action novel, Nemesis, published in 2021. Married with three children, the author lives in Hertfordshire.