Blood and Steel (Throne of the Caesars, Book 2) by Harry Sidebottom

By Harry Sidebottom

Through the bestselling writer of the Warrior of Rome sequence, the second one ebook in a brand new significant sequence for fanatics of George R.R. Martin and Bernard Cornwell

Blending heart-pounding motion and old accuracy, Harry Sidebottom’s bestselling Warrior of Rome sequence took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor’s internal circle. during this moment booklet of his new Throne of the Caesars sequence, Sidebottom maintains his retelling of 1 of the bloodiest sessions of Roman history—the yr of the Six Emperors. 

In Rome within the yr 238 advert, Emperor Maximinus’s reign hangs within the stability. The empire is bleeding manpower and funds in an try and maintain its wars within the north, and rebellions flare within the some distance reaches of its territories. 

Meanwhile in Africa, Gordian the Elder and more youthful are proclaimed because the new Augusti. A family members descending from the Imperial bloodline, they signify an opportunity for the institution to take again the empire. the 1st blood of the rebel is shed in Rome while an murderer murders the emperor’s prefect, asserting to Rome that the Gordians have taken the throne; nonetheless sour at Maximinus’s upward thrust from the barracks to energy, the Senate endorses the uprising, and chaos descends at the capitol.  

But in his center, Maximinus is a guy of conflict: whilst he hears of the betrayal, he acts with decisive brutality and violence. at the dusty plains outdoors Carthage, blood and metal will be certain the destiny of the Roman Empire.

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Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence: but I seem to have found from somewhere the trick of filling in the gaps in my knowledge, so that everything is in my head, down to the last detail, such as the way the mist seemed to slant across the early morning air … everything, and not just the few clues one stumbles across, for instance by opening an old tin trunk which should have remained cobwebby and closed. … Aadam refills his mother’s glass and continues, worriedly, to examine her.

So: my daughter Naseem is not well. You will treat her excellently. ” … “Do you still pickle water-snakes in brandy to give you virility, Taiji? ” Hesitant questions, brushed aside by the torrent of Tai’s fury. Doctor Aziz begins to diagnose. To the ferryman, the bag represents Abroad; it is the alien thing, the invader, progress. And yes, it has indeed taken possession of the young Doctor’s mind; and yes, it contains knives, and cures for cholera and malaria and smallpox; and yes, it sits between doctor and boatman, and has made them antagonists.

In later years, Doctor Aadam Aziz swore that during those two moments of solitude in the gloomy spidery corridors of the landowner’s mansion he was gripped by an almost uncontrollable desire to turn and run away as fast as his legs would carry him. Unnerved by the enigma of the blind art-lover, his insides filled with tiny scrabbling insects as a result of the insidious venom of Tai’s mutterings, his nostrils itching to the point of convincing him that he had somehow contracted venereal disease, he felt his feet begin slowly, as though encased in boots of lead, to turn; felt blood pounding in his temples; and was seized by so powerful a sensation of standing upon a point of no return that he very nearly wet his German woollen trousers.

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