Marcellus, the Emperor's closest aide, are rife. Silus must stop them. But the forces arrayed against the Arcani are now as powerful as they are clandestine. Inducted into the Emperor’s bodyguard, his Lions, Silus soon discovers secrets that should have stayed hidden. And as the Emperor becomes ever more reckless in battle, Silus unearths a conspiracy that runs deeper than his worst nightmares. It’s not clear who is a friend, and who an enemy. Yet come what may Silus must keep the Emperor alive or – yet again – watch the ones he loves die.
On the Empire's Northern border trouble is stirring. For decades the barbarians have been at the gates. Now, facing threats from within as well as outside, the Emperor is provoking war. When his friend Atius goes missing in Germania, Imperial Assassin Silus is sent into the heart of the battle-torn region. Plunged into a deadly intrigue and a brutal conflict, can Silus find out who is betraying Rome? Or will the legions start falling, one by bloody one? One of the standout new voices in historical fiction, bestseller Alex Gough is on riveting form in this brilliant novel, perfect for readers of Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden.
Brothers. Emperors. Deadly enemies An unputdownable novel of intrigue and combat in Rome. Emperor Severus is on his deathbed. His sons Geta and Caracalla; feuding in Britannia; are readying for a devastating power struggle. Silus; now a centurion in the Arcani; the secretive network of spies and killers; is thrown into the maelstrom. Back in Rome; plots breed in the stinking alleys. Everyone might be an enemy. Everyone a traitor. As an Imperial Assassin; Silus loyalty will be tested to breaking point. And with the Empire starting to buckle under the strain; Silus must ask what matters: Rome or his own damned soul?
A desolate wasteland. A mission gone wrong. An impossible goal. A gripping new series of Ancient Rome. Roman scout Silus is deep behind enemy lines in Caledonia. As he spies on a raiding party; he is abruptly discovered by an enemy chief and his son. Mounting a one man ambush; everything quickly goes wrong. Silus must run for his life; the head of the enemy leader in his hands. Little does he know the price he will pay... As Silus is inducted into the Arcani; an elite faction of assassins and spies; he must return to Caledonia; back into the wilderness; and risk everything in the service of his Caesar. The odds dont look good.
The fate of Rome; and thousands of lives; rests on the shoulders of one man.
After murdering his brother; and taking the position of Emperor for himself; Caracalla orders a brutal purge of the supporters of Geta. Meanwhile; Caracalla's ally Marcellus has his son suddenly kidnapped. But why? Silus is ordered to track down and rescue the boy; rumoured to be Caracalla's child. As Rome buckles beneath the weight of slaughter; Silus will travel to the city of Alexandria. There he will need to risk everything to save the boy; the Empire and his own life...
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