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Warrior of Rome, Part 2: King of Kings [Paperback]

Harry Sidebottom
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28 Jan 2010

Warrior of Rome II: King of Kings is the second in Harry Sidebottom's vivid five-part series.

AD256 - the spectre of treachery hangs ominously over the Roman Empire. The sparks of Christian fervour have spread through the empire like wildfire, and the imperium is alive with the machinations of dangerous and powerful men.

All the while, Sassanid forces press forward relentlessly along the eastern frontier. The battle-bloodied general Ballista returns to the imperial court from the fallen city of Arete - only to find that there are those who would rather see him dead than alive.

Ballista is soon caught in a sinister web of intrigue and religious fanaticism . . . his courage and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test in the service of Rome and the Emperor.

The Warrior of Rome is back . . .

Dr Harry Sidebottom is a leading authority on ancient warfare - he applies his knowledge with a spectacular flair for sheer explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama. Fans of Bernard Cornwell will love Sidebottom's recreation of the ancient world.

Praise for Harry Sidebottom:

'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship' The Times

'The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction' Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy

Dr. Harry Sidebottom is Fellow of St Benets Hall, and Lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (28 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Harry Sidebottom is a Fellow of St Benets Hall and lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.

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"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship." -"The Times" (UK) "He has the touch of an exceptionally gifted story teller, drawing on prodigious learning." -Timothy Severin, author of "The Viking Trilogy" "The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction." -Andrew Taylor, author of "The American Boy" "At last a piece of Roman historical fiction for grown-ups" -Robert Low, author of "The Oath Sworn" Series "Sidebottom provides a well-constructed, well-paced and gripping account ... which, as a good series should, leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next installment." -"Times Literary Supplement"

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This was a very rewarding read and a great second book which maintains the high standard set by the initial book `Fire in the East'.

Its educational quality is superb and the intricate level of detail that the author has incorporated into the story is outstanding. You will certainly learn more about Roman life, customs and etiquette as you progress through the book. The text contains frequent Latin words and phrases which will require you to break from the story in order to consult the glossary at the back of the book. Readers of the first book will realise that this is now firmly established as part of the author's writing technique and helps to craft a more authentic read.

Ballista's career and association with the Emperor Valerian alternates between periods of favour and near disgrace. It is these periods of near disgrace that see Ballista being handed some of the less honourable positions which result in the northern barbarian's involvement in dangerous and dramatic events.

This is a more detailed and perhaps slower paced read than Scarrow's Roman series, but that does not detract from the quality and enjoyment you will experience by reading this book. Scarrow's series is ideal when you are in the need of an action packed book which is swift to read. Harry Sidebottom's books are superb reading material for those interested in the Roman Empire who desire more detail and are prepared to allow the book time to achieve its full potential.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Admirable Sequel 23 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
An admirable sequel to the first Warrior of Rome volume, this King of Kings continues of the saga of the 3rd Century "crisis" in the Roman Empire through the character of Ballista, northern barbarian turned Roman warrior. Violent, but a gripping story. Amazing detailed reconstruction of the ancient world and especially ancient warfare, about which Sidebottom is a leading expert. Readers will have to wait until July 2010 for the conclusion of the series. It will be a hard wait, at least for me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave me this way!!!! 7 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Having zipped through a lot of the other reviews, a fairly strongly held view seems to be this is not as good as the first installment!

Well I agree in part with that but I think that is in no small way down to it being the 'set up book'. If I can make a footballing analogy this book is the cross into the box and I think the next in the series will be a spectacular volley into the net.

Sidebottem essentially with this book tells of the treachery of some of the Emperor's court and their cunning use of Ballista in this plot, however this is so cunningly told I only realised about the same time as Ballista himself so whilst enjoying the book a lot, I was a little bemused about what the actual 'story' was.

The book ends in highly unsatisfactory way, in that it left me screaming 'Nooo!' and shouting obscenities at Amazon because the next volume is not out and there are a few characters still living and breathing I want to see die in highly imaginative and colourful ways! Not that this is Amazon's fault.

I think the author has to take much credit for the emotion he has drawn from me. His character portrayals are such that I have a genuine fondness for the Ballista household especially his two celtic slaves. They are genuinly 3D, flawed human beings and some other writers in this genre could learn much from Sidebottem about characterisation.

The use of latin terminology and titles is still present but didn't jarr with me in the same way it did in the first volume. Whether this is because it is more subtly done or I have adjusted to his style I am not sure. It did still feel a little contrived and just un-needed. Tell the story and then refer me to where I can find all the genuine latin terminology, in the unlikely event I ever want to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Second in the Warrior of Rome series, King of Kings follows on from Fire in the East and does not disappoint.This latest episode finds Ballista the commanding General of the city of Arete (Dura-Europos) and one of the few survivors from the horrendous siege, having to bring the disastrous tidings to the Imperial court at Antioch, where he subsequently falls foul of the sinister and iniquitous advisor to the Emperor, Macrianus.

Once again Harry Sidebottom delivers, with this action packed narrative steeped in political intrigue, interwoven with in-depth historical fact. 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
By Ray
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was hard to put down but I had the Kindle version and the formatting was disgraceful. All of the quotation marks, commas etc. were represented by hieroglyphics
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as Book 1 20 Dec 2012
By Bubo
Format:Paperback
I've enjoyed book one and book two of this series. However the 'twists' aren't really twists at all, there is never a "oh my god I didn't see that coming" moment in either of the two books.

The strength of this series lies elsewhere, namely its successful recreation of a period of steep decline for the Roman Empire, likeable characters, deft philosophical underpinnings and a solid development and continuity from book 1 to book 2. Needless to say I have started book 3, Lion of the Sun, eager to find out how things will pan-out for the characters, book 2 ending on an abrupt note and cliff-hanger although the survival of the main character, Ballista, is never doubted, at least to my mind.

This is good Roman fic, maybe not on a par with the Eagle Series but pretty darn close.

Four stars (good - not great)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
Warrior of Rome is an excellent series chronicling the adventures of Ballista a germanic barbarian taken to Rome as 'hostage' as a youth, to promote peace between Rome and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fran1207
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Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Swaps authenticity for pace
I was not blown away by the first book and if I hadn't bought this at the same time would probably not bothered with the ongoing tales of Ballista. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nick Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books
Exactly as described, a very fast and prompt service will definitely be using this trader again well worth the five stars.
Published 7 months ago by Markiej180
5.0 out of 5 stars warrior if rome
This book was bought for my husband for our wedding anniversary. He really enjoyed it along with the other book i purchased.
Published 8 months ago by MRS C GRIFFITHS
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes a struggle
Sometimes this series is really good at others it drags a little and I lose track of the plot. generally good however.
Published 9 months ago by Stuart Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to Middlin'
A little disappointing after the first in the series. Harry Sidebottom is a very good writer, but this is atoo much of a space-filler between books 1 and 3 of the series. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen George Furnell
4.0 out of 5 stars R err view
Enjoyable read finale could have been a bit more drawn out. Overall fast paced novel that held my attention a good read rather than a must read
Published 14 months ago by Gregory Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a fantastic start to the Warrior of Rome series. Really connects you to the characters within the book. I found myself up in the middle of the night reading this.
Published 19 months ago by Justin Guiney
5.0 out of 5 stars 100%
as described, very good condition, great author. I had looked for ages in countless shops but could not find it anywhere.
Published 20 months ago by Roy Killingbeck
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