Warrior of Rome III: Lion of the Sun by Harry Sidebottom is the bestselling third instalment in the Warrior of Rome series.
Mesopotamia, AD 260
Betrayed by his most trusted adviser, the Roman Emperor Valerian has been captured by the Sassanid barbarians. The shame of the vanquished beats down mercilessly like the white sun, as the frail old emperor prostrates himself before Shapur, King of Kings.
Ballista looks on helplessly, but vows under his breath to avenge those who have brought the empire to the brink of destruction with their treachery. One day, maybe not soon, but one day, I will kill you . . . But first he must decide what price he will pay for his own freedom.
Only the fearless and only those whom the gods will spare from hell can now save the empire from a catastrophic ending.
Ballista, the Warrior of Rome, faces his greatest challenge yet.
Dr Harry Sidebottom is a leading authority on ancient warfare - he applies his knowledge with a spectacular flair for sheer explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama. Fans of Bernard Cornwell will love Sidebottom's recreation of the ancient world.
Praise for Harry Sidebottom:
'Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship' The Times
'The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction' Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy
Dr. Harry Sidebottom is Fellow of St Benets Hall, and Lecturer at Lincoln College, Oxford - where he specializes in ancient warfare and classical art.
Good addition to the series, a bit implausible toward the end
Finally not about the rise
What I love about this series comes down to three things...
1. It’s not about the all conquering Romans, it shows a desperate situation that they couldn’t control. I’ve read too many books about Romans showing them as the perfect race/empire and it’s refreshing to have a writer discuss the (in my opinion) the start of the downfall.
2. It’s very confusing, doesn’t sugarcoat things, need a brain to read it.
3. Although disappointed it didn’t mention Mithras (not sure if that was still around) or the several religions that have similar stories to Christianity. One of the main reasons I love roman history is because it really leaves a question mark in mind about the absolute rubbish that Christianity is based on and how easily the world was swayed by faith. I think this book series (so far, I am only half way through the third book) shows a really interesting view of how Christianity infected people.
If I have offended anyone I am not sorry at all.
Awesome series hooked from start to finish!!! More please