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When an act of murder throws the western provinces into turmoil, Aurelius Castus is ordered to take command of the military forces on the Rhine. But he soon discovers that the frontier is a place where the boundaries between civilisation and barbarism have little meaning.

At the very heart of the conflict are two boys. One is Emperor Constantine's young heir, Crispus. The other is Castus' own beloved son, Sabinus. Only Castus stands between them and men who would kill them.

©2016 Ian Ross (P)2017 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Well-crafted, atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable." (Ben Kane)
"Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events." (Conn Iggulden on Swords Around the Throne)

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Another great Ian Ross tale.

This is the latest in the series of Rome under Constantine in the northern western areas of the Empire. The story is good, and the narration is absolutely superb: a masterful performance. I look forward the next in the series, maybe later in 2017 or early 2018. Well done!

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  • 23-03-2019

Excellent story, well narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

Interesting insight into the late Roman Empire on it's northern border. Good story with excellent action scenes.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 22-07-2018

poor castus

our hero once again suffers personal loss, and outrage at Rome's elite. an excellent tale of war intrigue and affairs of the heart, written with detail of the age, and once again enhanced by the narration of Jonathan keeble.

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  • Scott Sherriden
  • 05-01-2021

Another great listen 10/10

Good story that followed on nicely from the previous audio books. It tied a lot of things together and the characters are still very believable. As with all audio books, it's so important to have someone good reading the story and I believe that Ian Ross has found the right guy with Jonathan Keeble because he is excellent.

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  • roger knowles
  • 03-01-2021

Brilliant.

Great story, elegantly written and engaging. Jonathan Keebler’s narration is superb! Close your eyes and listen and you are part of this amazing story.

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  • TomzMullen
  • 08-12-2020

Really sorry this book has finished

Wonderfully exciting Roman intrigues and battles around AD320. Stunning narration from Jonathan Keeble that adds so much to the story. I highly recommend this book.

If you read Simon Scarrow then you’ll love this book.

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  • Sean
  • 04-02-2020

Another gripping tale, full of twists and turns

This series of books set towards the dying days of the Roman Empire, continues to excite. With fine portrayals performed superbly by the narrator and well rounded characters, I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • Naomi
  • 05-01-2020

A Good Solid Story

The characters were very real. I really cared about what happened to them and wanted the story to continue. I wanted to know about their lives and what happened next. Loved the readers voice.

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