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From the author of The Centurions Trilogy.
What is the Anthony Riches’ Empire series about?
Written by British author Anthony Riches, the Empire series is a historical fiction about the life of a Roman centurion during the reign of Emperor Commodus.
The series began with the introduction of soldier hero Marcus Valerius Aquila, a centurion stationed on Hadrian’s Wall in the second century during a revolt against the Roman Empire.
Anthony Riches doesn’t only write historical fiction, he is also the author of the thrillers “Nemesis,” and “Target Zero.”
How to read Anthony Riches’ Empire Books in Order?
Every book in the Anthony Riches’ Empire series mostly works as a standalone story, but the lives of the different characters evolve from one novel to the other. Reading in order is recommended.
- Wounds of Honour (2009)
- Arrows of Fury (2010)
- Fortress of Spears (2011)
- The Leopard Sword (2012)
- The Wolf’s Gold (2012)
- The Eagle’s Vengeance (2013)
- The Emperor’s Knives (2014)
- Thunder of the Gods (2015)
- Altar of Blood (2016)
- The Scorpion’s Strike (2019)
- River of Gold (2020)
- Vengeance (2021)
- Storm of War (2023)
What is the plot of the Anthony Riches’ Empire stories?
For more information about the books in the Empire series by Anthony Riches, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the books:
Wounds of Honour – Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life – condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on Hadrian’s Wall and lie low until he can hope for justice. Then a rebel army sweeps down from the wastes north of the Wall, and Marcus has to prove he’s hard enough to lead a century in the front line of a brutal, violent war.
Arrows of Fury – While Marcus is training two centuries of Syrian archers to survive a barbarian charge and then take the fight back to their enemy, the new prefect of the 2nd Tungrians has discovered his secret. Only a miracle can save Marcus and the men who protect him from disgrace and death…
Fortress of Spears – Marcus Aquila is part of the select group of infantry chosen to go north with the Petriana cavalry and take the fort before the rebel army can reach it. 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.
The Leopard Sword – The murderous Roman agents who nearly captured Marcus have been defeated by his friends. But in order to protect those very friends from the wrath of the emperor, he must leave the province which has been giving him shelter. As Marcus Tribulus Corvus, centurion of the second Tungrian auxiliary cohort, he leads his men from Hadrian’s Wall to the Tungrians’ original home in Germania Inferior.
The Wolf’s Gold – The mines of Alburnus Major contain enough gold to pave the road to Rome. They would make a mighty prize for the marauding Sarmatae tribesmen who threaten the province, and the outnumbered auxiliaries are entrusted with their safety in the face of a barbarian invasion.
The Eagle’s Vengeance – The Tungrians are the only soldiers who can be sent into the northern wastes, far beyond the long abandoned wall built by Antoninus, where a lost symbol of imperial power of the Sixth Victorious Legion is reputed to await them. Protected by an impassable swamp and hidden in a fortress atop a high mountain, the eagle of the Sixth legion must be recovered if the legion is to survive.
The Emperor’s Knives – Marcus Aquila came back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family. The young centurion’s urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands. A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum – the Death Bringer – lie in wait. The knives are unsheathed, and ready for blood . . .
Thunder of the Gods – With Rome no longer safe Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered east, to the desolate border lands where Rome and Parthia have vied for supremacy for centuries. Ordered to relieve the siege of an isolated fortress, their task is doomed to bloody failure unless they can turn the disaffected Third Legion into a fighting force capable of resisting the terrifying Parthian cataphracts.
Altar of Blood – The Tungrians have no sooner returned to Rome than they find themselves tasked with a very different mission to their desperate exploits in Parthia. Ordered to cross the river Rhenus into barbarian Germany and capture a tribal priestess who may be the most dangerous person on the empire’s northern border, they are soon subject to the machinations of an old enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage their plans before they have even set foot on the river’s eastern bank. But after their Roman enemy is neutralised they face a challenge greater still.
The Scorpion’s Strike – Fresh from their close escape from imperial betrayal in the German forest, Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered to Gaul, where an outlaw called Maturnus is wreaking havoc. Havoc that may be more than mere banditry, as deserters and freed slaves flock to his cause: rebellion is in the air for the first time in a generation.
River of Gold – After saving the emperor’s life in Rome, Marcus and his comrades have been sent across the sea to the wealthy, corrupt Greek metropolis of Aegyptus, Alexandria. An unknown enemy has slaughtered the garrison of the Empire’s last outpost before its border with the mysterious kingdom of Kush. Caravans can no longer reach the crucial Red Sea port of Berenike, from which the riches of the East flow towards Rome.
Vengeance – After saving the Empire’s richest province from a foreign army, Marcus and the men who protect him have been in hiding. Their lives will be forfeit if they are seen in Rome. But times have changed. Marcus’s protector, the patrician legion commander Scaurus, has been summoned home by his mentor, a powerful senator who has decided he must act to save the empire from its debauched ruler’s reign of terror.
Storm of War – A new civil war has begun: with the emperor Pertinax’s murder Marcus and his protector Scaurus have escaped Rome, seeking sanctuary for their familia in the East. But they are soon pressed back into service by Septimus Severus, the ruthless commander who has seized the imperial capital and who holds the military balance of power over his two rivals. Niger, the would-be emperor in the East, is on the march with six legions, and Scaurus’s legion is ordered to Thrace as a sacrificial advance guard, tasked with delaying them. Whatever the cost . . .
What should you read if you like Anthony Riches’ Empire novels?
If you like reading Anthony Riches’ Empire stories, you may be interested in Simon Scarrow’s novels, the Last Kingdom series, Ian Ross’ books, Conn Iggulden’s series.
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