In the sixth novel in Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warriorof Rome historical fiction series, Ballista returns to undertake yet anotherepic mission—while the Roman Empire reels in chaos around him.
In AD 264, the Roman Empire has been torn in two. Thewestern provinces—Gaul, Spain, and Britain—have been seized by Postumus, thepretender to the throne. To the east, on the plains of northern Italy, thearmies of the emperor Gallienus muster, and he is keen to take his rightfulplace of power. A war between two emperors is coming, and everyone must choosea side.
On a mission shrouded in secrecy and suspicion, Ballista issent by Gallienus back to his home of Hyperborea, the place of the people ofhis birth, to raise an army against Postumus. This means Ballista must journeyalong the Amber Road to the far north. Along the way Ballista meets a fearsome,masked warlord who attacks, bringing fire and sword against Ballista and hismen. And in his home of Hyperborea, not all welcome Ballista’s return. In thebattle between Postumus and Gallienus, only one can survive and be emperor.
Renowned for their skilled blending of action and historicalaccuracy, Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome novels take the reader from the shoutsof the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s inner circle. Rich indetail and punctuated by harrowing action, these books will transportyou back to the days of the Roman Empire.