AN EMPIRE IN DECLINE.
Centurion Aurelius Castus – once a soldier in the elite legions of the Danube – believes his glory days are over, as he finds himself in the cold, grey wastes of northern Britain, battling to protect an empire in decline.
Here he must face the barbarians beyond Hadrian's Wall, in a mission riven with bloodshed and treachery. Can Castus keep his promise to a woman he has sworn to help? And is anything about this doomed enterprise what it seems?
War at the Edge of the World is the epic first instalment in a sequence of novels set at the end of the Roman Empire, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.
Head of Zeus * Action & Adventure
01 Jan 2015 * 416pp * £12.99 * 9781784081133
'Ross is a splendid writer ... I was gripped by the unexpected twists and turns as history came to life'
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events'
'Ian Ross blazes in the world of Empire and legions ... This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane'
'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable ... Where's the next volume, please?'
'An action-packed, steamroller of a novel from its opening pages. Aurelius Castus attracts trouble like a corpse attracts flies and he ensures that this is a breathless, exciting read. Ian Ross, pulling us behind him, dives headfirst into the uneasiness of late Roman Britain ... If you enjoy action-packed Roman military fiction, then you'll most certainly enjoy War at the Edge of the World'
For Winter Nights
'Castus Aurelius bursts onto the hist-fict scene with a series panache rarely seen this early, leaving us in hope that he lives on for many more adventures (many, many, many more)'
'Hugely exciting, the first in what promises to be a gripping sequence of books about a period in the history of Roman Britain that is often overlooked by novelists. His evocation of the dangerous borderland between the civilisation of Rome and the realms of the supposedly barbaric Picts is entirely convincing, and Catus [...] serves as an appealing hero. His further adventures are eagerly awaited'
BBC History Magazine
Ian Ross was born in England, and studied painting before turning to writing fiction. He has travelled widely, and after a year in Italy teaching English and exploring the ruins of empire reawakened his early love for ancient history, he returned to the UK with growing fascination for the period known as late antiquity. He has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade. ianjamesross.com @IanRossAuthor