The Roman Empire is on the brink of civil war. Only Maxentius, tyrant of Rome, stands between the emperor Constantine and supreme power in the west.
Aurelius Castus, promoted from the ranks for valour and loyalty, is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But great honour brings new challenges: Castus is tormented by suspicions that his aristocratic wife, the mother of his child, has been unfaithful. And as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, Castus is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man.
All know that the coming war will decide the fate of empire. But Castus's own battle will carry him much further - into the shadowy realms of treachery at the heart of Rome itself.
The third book in the brilliant Twilight of Empire.
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'Ian imbues any situation with some wonderful twists, reinforcing that nothing in life (and therefore within these pages) is as simple as it seems ... a writing masterclass in adding research and factoids that help rather than hinder the pace' The Bookbag.
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events' Conn Iggulden.
'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable. Where's the next volume, please?' Ben Kane.
'This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane' M.C. Scott.
Ian Ross has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade. He spent a year in Italy, teaching English, but now lives in Bath. Visit his website: www.ianjamesross.com, or find him on twitter: @IanRossAuthor.
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