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The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII

The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Riches
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2394 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (13 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have been reading books about the Romans since schooldays back in 1959 and Rosemary Sutcliffe and to date this author has hit the spot for me above all others around currently-which is a difficult thing to do given the exclllence of the competition. This is the latest in a ine of novels about 'Two Knives' and each story is of the same standard as the previous. If you love this genre that I feel sure you will really come to appreciate Anthony Riches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slight departure, but overall a welcome one. 8 Aug 2014
This book is a departure from the rest of the series, being set in Rome, with Marcus aiming to finally get his revenge for what happened to his family. I found it a bit slow to start, and, since it's all in the city the settings didn't seem too inspiring. It also seemed to be rather predictable as it built to the inevitable conclusion and things had gone so smoothly. Marcus is harder to identify with here too, as he's basically ready to leave his wife and small child without a husband and father, in order to kill the men that destroyed his family. I don't know, as a father myself, I think I'd rather see my children grow up than throw my life away so selfishly but hey, that's the character and I expect people really were as filled with bloodlust in those times - the gladiatorial contests prove that!
In all, I was starting to get a little disappointed despite the fact the fight scenes were brutal and excellently written as usual and I've been rooting for Marcus since I read the first book in the series a number of years ago.
Then something happened and there was a neat twist that I genuinely didn't see coming and things exploded back into life again and I had to mentally apologise to Anthony Riches for doubting him!
Overall, this is a fine addition to the series, with some limitations due to the nature of the setting that couldn't really be avoided by the author but it finishes on a fine, satisfying note, leaving the reader looking forward to the next book. If you get the edition of the book with the free short story you'll enjoy that too so look out for it if you can.
Steven A. McKay, author of Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord Book 1) and The Wolf and the Raven (The Forest Lord Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was one book i got for my dads brithday so can't say
Published 4 days ago by E. Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great book from this brilliant author
Published 5 days 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 6 days 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 9 days 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 11 days ago by graham butcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fight scenes
by hubby of she who must be obeyed.......... too confusing even for me. Great fight scenes, but characters were just too 'open about their intent'. Read more
Published 14 days ago by she who must be obeyed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading
Published 25 days ago by james b hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars The knives are not out
This was a tedious read not as good as the previous books. It spent so much time in Rome I started to book a place at college to learn Latin.
Published 27 days ago by Don Kinder
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulp faction.
A good read, if a little short and less complex than the other books. Looking forward to the next one...
Published 1 month ago by billyinglis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Kerry Stylianou
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