Synopses & Reviews
Blending heart-pounding action and historical accuracy, Harry Sidebottom's bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor's inner circle. Now, Sidebottom sets his sights on one of the bloodiest periods of Roman history--the Year of the Six Emperors. In spring AD 235, a surprise attack and the brutal murder of Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty. Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome unconditionally. The Senators praise the new Emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge, and the borders of sanity. creates a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history. -meets- this is a world of intrigue, murder, passion, and war--a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.
Praise for the Warrior of Rome series:
“Sidebottoms prose blazes with searing scholarship.” —The Times
“Superior fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place.” —TLS
“A storming triumph . . . wonderful fight scenes, deft literary touches and salty dialogue.” —The Daily Telegraph
“Explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama.” —The Guardian
"Ancient Rome always intrigues, and Sidebottom, an Oxford don, has grounded the compelling chaos firmly into historical context." —Booklist
From the bestselling author of Warrior of Rome comes the first book in a new major series for fans of George R. R. Martin and Bernard Cornwell
About the Author
Harry Sidebottom teaches classical history at Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St. Benet's Hall and a lecturer at Lincoln College. He has an international reputation as a scholar, having published widely on ancient warfare, classical art, and the cultural history of the Roman Empire. Blood and Steel is the second book in a major new series, Throne of the Caesars, and follows his acclaimed and bestselling series, Warrior of Rome. He divides his time between Oxford and Newmarket in Suffolk, where he lives with his wife and two sons.