IMPERIAL FIRE is the latest epic masterpiece from the highly acclaimed author of Hawk Quest.
AD 1081: Vast empires struggle for dominance.
From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south, battles rage across Europe and around its fringes. But in the east, an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder.
Seeking the destructive might of this 'fire drug', the mercenary Vallon is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a near-impossible quest to the far-off land of Song Dynasty China. Leading a highly trained squadron, Vallon is accompanied by the physician Hero, Wayland the English hunter, and a young upstart named Lucas.
All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets.
It's a quest that leads them across treacherous seas and broiling deserts, and into the uncharted land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die... but the rewards are unbelievable.
An entertaining debut and one that more than holds its own against Cornwell et al - TLS on Hawk Quest
Quite simply, Hawk Quest is the best book I've read this year. I loved this book. I wish I'd written it - Ben Kane
Only once in a generation does a first novel emerge which has such power and depth and scope... Outstanding! - M.C. Scott on Hawk Quest
Robert Lyndon has been a falconer since boyhood. A keen student of history, he was intrigued by accounts of hawks being used as ransoms during the Middle Ages. Some of the scenes in Hawk Quest were inspired by Lyndon's own experiences as a falconer, climber and traveller in remote places. He has written many books and articles on history and exploration. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in Dorset.