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Vivid characters, devious plotting and buckets of gore are enhanced by his unfamiliar choice of period. Nasty, fun and educational. (Daily Telegraph)
He knows how to deliver a fast-paced story and his grasp of the period is impressively detailed. (Mail on Sunday)
A rollicking and raunchy read . . . Anyone who enjoys their history with large dollops of action, sex, intrigue and, above all, fun will absolutely love this novel. (Historical Novels Review)
The best historical novel I've ever read. (L. Neil Smith on Conspiracies of Rome: Death of Rome Saga Book One)
The second in the brilliant new trilogy set in the dying days of the Roman Empire, introducing the most interesting anti-hero since Flashman.See all Product Description
A very human side to the history of Rome and the Roman church it will torch through your preconceptions of imperial rule and the church in the dying days of the Roman Empire... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Howson
This is the second adventure of Aelric - a good looking, vain but intelligent Briton in the service of the church in Rome (the premiere having been in Conspiracies of Rome). Read morePublished 13 months ago by AK
A well-written, sparky novel with plenty of interest in it, and with an active and engaging main character ( & supporting cast :)
Personally, I think the first in the... Read more
blake has done well with this novel set in an obscure period of byzantine history form which no contemporary histories survive the bloody reign of te usurper tyrant phocas... Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2011 by mark1000
I first chanced upon the work of Richard Blake a year or so ago when perusing the recent-fiction section of a prestigious Sydney bookshop (yes, there are such things) on the scout... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2011 by Jim Packer
As an avid reader of historic fiction, this was my 1st Richard Blake novel and was (from the start) very dissapointed. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2010 by D. E. Wrench
I tired of this book rather quickly as the offhand, unerudite style of writing just irritated after a while and the central character just seemed very unconvincing. Read morePublished on 24 April 2010 by Mr. Wol Wallace