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VINE VOICEon 30 April 2012
The Leopard Sword is the fourth in the Empire series. The first three were set on Hadrian's Wall with young Centurion Marcus Tribulus Corvus hiding under an assumed name, escaping the politics of Rome. The books centred on his adventures on the Wall and the barbarians beyond, while finding his home in the camaraderie of his Legion colleagues. Very entertaining they were too, but Anthony Riches was wise enough to realise he needed to throw something fresh into the series, and indeed he has.

The Leopard Sword sees Marcus and his colleagues being sent to their original home, Tungrorum in Germania. Their role is to protect the town from bandits and ensure the supply routes for grain are kept open. On arrival they find the bandits have been united by a mysterious masked leader, and nothing is what it seems at first sight.

Of course it roars along at a great pace and sucks you in straight away, the signs of a great story-teller and with a great cast of characters. The author is clever enough to spread the story a bit and it works really well, Marcus is in there but he is not the main focus. I have to say my favourite character is probably the Tribune, Scaurus. A clever and multi-layered character, but that is true of many of the individuals in here, and the author finely balances the story around them.

So, much to enjoy here and a welcome addition to a series that dares to grow and challenge the reader.
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on 8 April 2017
This series is amongst the best in the genre right up there with Scarrow and Kane. Characters are great as is the storyline full of action. Great read
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on 20 July 2017
another great episode in this totally thrilling story and the intrigue carries on great!
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on 28 March 2017
A great series and a good read.
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on 11 June 2017
Bought as present and they liked it.
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on 12 June 2017
Good read at a good price.
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on 20 February 2015
Superb. Antony Riches is superb at this sort of stuff. Great service on delivery.
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on 12 April 2017
Very good read
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on 22 April 2017
Great read !
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on 5 April 2014
Sometimes, you find that one book is weaker than the others but that's not the case with Anthony's. Attention to detail and concern for whether Marcus gets discovered meant I couldn't read this fast enough. I didn't guess who was behind the mask either. They keep getter better and I've got the next one ordered.
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