"A warmly welcome sequel looks assured." --Kirkus Reviews
..".spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army." --Booklist
"The characters are so life-like they almost spring of the page.... An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love, and death." -Elizabeth Chadwick, award-winning author of The Marsh King's Daughter.
"Everyone has been raving about the film Gladiator, but Cato's story is its equal in bloody cut and thrust and has the bonus of conspiracy and intrigue to give it extra flavour." -The Northern Echo (UK)
"A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read." -Mail on Sunday (UK)
"Historically very accurate... The story also moves along very nicely, with plenty of action, and has a pretty twisty plot. If Cornwell or Forester is your idea of good reading, give this one a try." -South Wales Argus (UK)
"A good story well written is a pleasure to read. Scarrow does this and more in his debut historical novel... Tightly paced... Fans of the historical novel... will appreciate Scarrow's detailed research." -Cambridgeshire Journal (UK)
"A gripping tale." -Warrington Guardian (UK)