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 is now a tribune in Constantine's army. But great honour brings new challenges: Castus is tormented by suspicions that his young wife has been unfaithful. And as Constantine becomes increasingly devoted to Christianity, he is forced to ask himself whether he is backing the wrong man.
The coming war will decide the fate of empire. But Castus's own battle will carry him much further...
Head of Zeus * Action & Adventure
25 Jan 2018 * 464pp * £8.99 * 9781788542753
'A thumping good read, well-crafted, atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable. Where's the next volume, please?'
'This is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane'
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events'
'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'
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