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The Emperor's Knives (Empire) [Hardcover]

Anthony Riches
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13 Feb 2014 Empire (Book 7)

The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family.

But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly.

The young centurion's urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands.

A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum - the Death Bringer - lie in wait.

The knives are unsheathed, and ready for blood . . .

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444731912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444731910
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at 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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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)

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

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)

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The action moves to Rome itself in the seventh novel in the Empire sequence, praised by authors including Conn Iggulden, Ben Kane and Manda Scott.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better and better 13 Feb 2014

When i first picked up Wounds of Honour in 2009 i had no idea i would be starting a journey of so much danger, excitement and action. Also when starting with a debut writer i had no idea i would be enjoying these books more and more every year, watching the skill of the writer grow and the depth of the plot increase with every tome.

Book 7 the Emperors Knives goes so much further than its predecessors, it truly is a book crammed with Machiavellian schemes, plots within plots, as our group of heroes try to help Marcus survive his honour and the machinations of the various schemers set against him within the walls of Rome. As with any Anthony Riches book the reader is left with that ever present feeling of the norns / fates, sat there spinning away the destinies of those in the book, Tony Riches joining them at the loom of life ready to snip an unsuspecting characters life thread at a moments notice either in a spectacular or blasé fashion. I shall not spoil the book by saying if anyone interesting dies…. but blood will be spilled and as writers go Tony is a bit of a swine to his men.

This book comes with a warning to readers, it is one that sucks away your time, you will sit down to read and find that the day has passed while you are marching with legions and uncovering plots. As ever i doff my cap to Tony Riches as he exceeds the plot and power of the previous book, something very very hard to keep doing, but the constant hard work and effort, the striving for more, the digging for detail in dusty research books, and the re-enactment that gives first hand experience, really pays off in the pages of this wonderful book.

I highly recommend this book, and if you have not read any of the Empire series (Why?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 19 Feb 2014
By Trajan
Anthony Riches Empire series goes from strength to strength with every succeeding novel, for me The Emperor's Knives is the best yet, without giving away spoilers, the narrative is, as usual fast paced (so much so that I was up until 2 in the morning ) all ones senses are alerted, full of murky intrigue, the visceral gore of the gladiators and the arena, to the smells and sounds of every day life in ancient Rome. The characterisations of the main protagonists have been explored to the full and you end up with the feeling that you were there in another life. Highly recommended.
The perfect companion to this excellent series is THE ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance is Sweet, Or Is It? 21 April 2014
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
It seems only a short time ago that I was reading the first book in this series, Wounds of Honour published in 2009, and now we are up to the seventh book in the series. I am an avid reader of all things Roman, both fact and fiction and the books by this author are consistently up there with the best fictional writing on this period of history.

I enjoyed the book very much. Initially I did not think it was going to be as good as the others in the series. However Anthony Riches storyline and powerful writing style draw the reader into the plot and the book becomes unputdownable. Marcus Valerius Aquila, along with his comrades and fellow officers from the legion, are now back in Rome and seeking to exact retribution on the plotters involved in falsely accusing his father of treason and ultimately his death along with the other members of his family.

Those who have read the previous volumes to this one will know that Marcus Aquila has been trying to stay one step ahead of the assassins sent after him by the power crazed Emperor Commodus, while at the same time making plans to avenge the dishonour and death brought upon his family. This has been his destiny since his earliest days in the legion, manning Hadrian's Wall in the province of Britannia. It is this burning desire to avenge his family and clear the stain that has been set against his family name that has kept him going throughout the trials and tribulations he has faced in the furthest corners of the Empire. The story takes many twists and turns throughout the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Romans... 28 May 2014
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This series of books is just amazing . So much so my son and I 'fight' over who reads the latest book first!
Anthony Riches writes with wit and humour and incredible historical knowledge, it makes one feel as if one is living in Roman times!
Can't wait for the next release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting addition to the Empire series 14 May 2014
By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The latest instalment in Anthony Riches' Empire series is The Emperor's Knives. After a stint in Dacia and a short stay in Britannia, this outing takes Marcus and friends to the Eternal City, the Capital of the World, Rome itself. All of our favourite Tungrians are along for the ride and in Rome we meet some old acquaintances in the form of Senator Decimus Clodius Albinus, who we last saw in Dacia while still a legatus, and Tiberius Varius Excingus, someone Marcus last saw before his stay in Germania. These links are revealed early on, though never explained in-depth, but enough for a new reader to understand their context. And if that wasn't enough, there are gladiators! All of which makes for an exciting mix and a riveting story.

The book is filled with conspiracies and double crosses and no one's alliances are what they appear to be on the surface. Especially since Excingus' loyalties are for sale to the highest bidder and he also has his own agenda, which makes untangling the lines between all the players doubly complicated. In some cases, the mysterious talks become too mysterious, as at one point Scaurus has a talk with someone, whose identity I still haven't figured out. It's quite possible however that those who've read the entire series will know who this patron was. I also liked how Riches showed how quickly alliances in Rome could shift based on politics, honour, and personal gain.

Despite Excingus' ample help, almost leading Marcus and friends by the nose, in tracking and dealing with them, I was surprised by the apparent ease with which the first three Knives were dispatched. While the Tungrians are good, this was rather too easy. However, it does leave us free to follow Marcus in his quest to kill the last Knife, which forms the meat of the story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All the 'gang' are here and it it's an ok read no better or worse than...
The location is different to the others being set in Rome so there aren't the overlong protracted pages and pages of battles as in other s of the series . Read more
Published 10 days ago by C. Hargrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 12 days ago by jean hockey
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Published 17 days ago by Raver
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good. riches just gets better with each book.can,t wait for the next instalment
Published 19 days ago by barrygoulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific writing style and attention to historical accuracy make any...
Terrific writing style and attention to historical accuracy make any of this Suthors books a joy to read . Exciting characters brilliant plots. Can't wait for more .
Published 24 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was one book i got for my dads brithday so can't say
Published 29 days ago by E. Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great book from this brilliant author
Published 1 month ago by sheila love michael love
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcus moves closer to revenge
Follows on seamlessly from previous books, another great read.
Published 1 month ago by Steven john Musto
4.0 out of 5 stars Book VII of an excellent series.
The latest outing for Centurion Corvus who in his quest for vengeance has travelled to Rome. As with Tony's other books the tale is full of action, has some magnificent twists and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Ray. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!! Anthony Riches brings it all to life
just what i expected, the same as the rest of the Empire books, brilliant!! Anthony Riches brings it all to life, you could be there with Marcus.
Published 1 month ago by graham butcher
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