By Harry Sidebottom
Via the bestselling writer of the Warrior of Rome sequence, the second one publication in a brand new significant sequence for enthusiasts of George R.R. Martin and Bernard Cornwell
Blending heart-pounding motion and ancient accuracy, Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warrior of Rome sequence took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s internal circle. during this moment ebook of his new Throne of the Caesars sequence, Sidebottom keeps his retelling of 1 of the bloodiest classes of Roman history—the 12 months of the Six Emperors.
In Rome within the yr 238 advert, Emperor Maximinus’s reign hangs within the stability. The empire is bleeding manpower and funds in an try to maintain its wars within the north, and rebellions flare within the some distance reaches of its territories.
Meanwhile in Africa, Gordian the Elder and more youthful are proclaimed because the new Augusti. A kinfolk descending from the Imperial bloodline, they signify an opportunity for the institution to take again the empire. the 1st blood of the rebel is shed in Rome while an murderer murders the emperor’s prefect, asserting to Rome that the Gordians have taken the throne; nonetheless sour at Maximinus’s upward push from the barracks to strength, the Senate endorses the uprising, and chaos descends at the capitol.
But in his center, Maximinus is a guy of struggle: while he hears of the betrayal, he acts with decisive brutality and violence. at the dusty plains open air Carthage, blood and metal will make certain the destiny of the Roman Empire.
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