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Empire III: Fortress of Spears
     

Empire III: Fortress of Spears

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by Anthony Riches
 
'A master of the genre' The Times

The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance; Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, is the prisoner of the chieftains he once led. And the Roman leader has an audacious plan to capture Dinpaladyr, the barbarians' fortress of spears.

Marcus Aquila - burning for revenge on an enemy that has killed one of his best

Overview

'A master of the genre' The Times

The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance; Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, is the prisoner of the chieftains he once led. And the Roman leader has an audacious plan to capture Dinpaladyr, the barbarians' fortress of spears.

Marcus Aquila - burning for revenge on an enemy that has killed one of his best friends - rides north with the Petriana cavalry. He believes his disguise as Centurion Corvus of the 2nd Tungrians is still holding.

But he is just a few days ahead of two of the emperor's agents, sent from Rome to kill him. Pitiless assassins who know his real name, and too much about his friends.

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A damn fine read . . . fast-paced, action-packed.—Ben Kane

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

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

Publishers Weekly
Riches (Arrows of Fury) wastes no time in plunging the reader into second-century Roman politics and explicit warfare. The third in his Empire series opens with political assassins on the trail of Marcus Aquila, who’s fighting as a centurion under the name of Corvus with an auxiliary legion stationed in northern Britannia during a rebellion by barbarian tribes that are hampered by internecine quarrels. Constantly alternating viewpoints almost overwhelm as Riches wrestles with the large cast established for the series and the multipronged offensive of the legionaries, hopping between a cavalry unit chasing barbarians, soldiers marching to retake a captured fortress, Aquila’s ruthless pursuers, and sparring tribal leaders. But ultimately, all threads are neatly tied together in the climactic confrontation of tribesmen and legions. As a craftsman, Riches mostly sticks to the familiar: prose is either brutal, purple, or hyperbolic. But laden with raucous profanity and voluminous gore (severed heads, spilled intestines, and methodical torture), this action-packed military adventure combined with a well-researched depiction of the organizational details of the Roman legions will fascinate fans of the era. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340920381
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Empire Series , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
717,099
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Riches holds a degree in Military Studies from Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

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Empire III: Fortress of Spears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
escapeartistDD More than 1 year ago
well researched and facts nicely woven into story. Enjoyed book. Have now read all 4 of Mr. Riches' books. Look forward to next one.