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Fortress of Spears: Empire III

By Anthony Riches

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The Romans take the fight north from Hadrian's Wall - to the enemy's greatest stronghold.

'A master of the genre' The Times

The Romans have vanquished the rebel alliance; Calgus, Lord of the Northern Tribes, is the prisoner of the chieftains he once led. And the Roman leader has an audacious plan to capture Dinpaladyr, the barbarians' fortress of spears.

Marcus Aquila - burning for revenge on an enemy that has killed one of his best friends - rides north with the Petriana cavalry. He believes his disguise as Centurion Corvus of the 2nd Tungrians is still holding.

But he is just a few days ahead of two of the emperor's agents, sent from Rome to kill him. Pitiless assassins who know his real name, and too much about his friends.

Biographical Notes

Anthony Riches holds a degree in Military Studies from Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

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  • ISBN: 9780340920381
  • Publication date: 29 Mar 2012
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. — Conn Iggulden
A damn fine read . . . fast-paced, action-packed. — Ben Kane
Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field . . . . real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. — Manda Scott
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