The bestselling author of PRAETORIAN, THE LEGION and THE GLADIATOR returns with another unputdownable, thrilling and action-packed Roman adventure featuring Macro and Cato.
For nearly ten years, the Roman Empire has fought ceaselessly to strengthen its hold over Britannia. But opposition from native tribes led by the ruthless warrior Caratacus threatens to destroy everything.
Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro are summoned by Governor Ostorius to Londinium. Tasked with leading a newly formed cavalry cohort into the heartland of Wales, they must destroy the growing resistance. But with Caratacus hatching increasingly ambitious plans and disorder threatening from within Macro and Cato's own ranks, this final test will push the soldiers to their limits.
And if they do not emerge as victors, the Emperor Claudius's rule may be at stake, and the very foundations of the Roman Empire could be shattered irrevocably...
Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels: 'I don't need this kind of competition' - Bernard Cornwell
An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death... More, please! - Elizabeth Chadwick
A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read - Mail on Sunday
For those who like their historical fiction to include plenty of bloody thrills and spills, Scarrow's latest book will prove irresistible - Living History
Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. His many successful books include his Eagles of the Empire novels featuring Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, most recently THE BLOOD OF ROME, DAY OF THE CAESARS, INVICTUS, BRITANNIA and BROTHERS IN BLOOD, as well as HEARTS OF STONE, set in Greece during the Second World War, SWORD AND SCIMITAR, about the 1565 Siege of Malta, and a quartet about Wellington and Napoleon including the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller THE FIELDS OF DEATH. He is the author with T. J. Andrews of the novels ARENA and INVADER.
Find out more at www.simonscarrow.co.uk and on Facebook /officialsimonscarrow and Twitter @SimonScarrow