Brother of Alex Scarrow (see TimeRider Reading Order), Simon Scarrow is a British author and teacher known for his historical fiction series.
More precisely, Simon Scarrow is mostly known for his Eagles of the Empire series set in the territories of the Roman Empire, but also for his Revolution series about Wellington and Napoleon. He has written more than 40 books.
How to read Simon Scarrow’s Books in Order?
Read The Eagles of the Empire Novels in Order
This historical series follows two main protagonists, Quintus Licinius Cato and Lucius Cornelius Macro, who are both Roman soldiers. The first grew up in the Imperial Palace as a slave and joined the Eagles at the beginning of the series. The second is a veteran of nearly 15 years of service in the Roman Army. For more information, go to the article dedicated to the Eagles of the Empire series.
- Under the Eagle (2000)
- The Eagle’s Conquest (2001)
- When the Eagle Hunts (2002)
- The Eagle and the Wolves (2003)
- The Eagle’s Prey (2004)
- The Eagle’s Prophecy (2005)
- The Eagle in the Sand (2006)
- Centurion (2007)
- The Gladiator (2009)
- The Legion (2010)
- Praetorian (2011)
- The Blood Crows (2013)
- Brothers in Blood (2013)
- Britannia (2015)
- Invictus (2016)
- Day of the Caesars (2017)
- The Blood of Rome (2018)
- Traitors of Rome (2019)
- The Emperor’s Exile (2020)
- The Honour of Rome (2021)
- Death to the Emperor (2022)
- Rebellion (2023)
Read The Revolution Series in Order (aka Wellington and Napoleon)
The Revolution series is about the lives of Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, from 1769 to 1809, the story follows the two men through their youth and on to their military careers.
- Young Bloods (2006) – As two mighty Empires embark on a bloody duel, Arthur Wesley (the future Duke of Wellington) and Napoleon Bonaparte prepare to face a sworn enemy, unaware that the fate of Europe will one day lie in their hands…
- The Generals (2007) – In the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution Napoleon Bonaparte stands accused of treachery and corruption. His reputation is saved by his skill in leading his men to victory in Italy and Egypt. But then he must restore order in France and find peace or victory over her enemies: England – and Arthur Wellesley.
- Fire and Sword (2009) – 1804. Napoleon Bonaparte is Emperor of France, his ultimate aim: to rule Europe. After defeat at the Battle of Trafalgar, he wins a glorious victory against Austria at Austerlitz. He then deposes the Spanish king and places his own brother on the throne. But he is yet to triumph over his most hated enemy: Great Britain.
- The Fields of Death (2010) – 1809. Viscount Wellington and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte have made their mark as military commanders. Lifelong enemies, they both believe their armies are strong enough to destroy any rival. But in war victory can never be certain.
Read The Gladiator Series in Order
Gladiator is a young adult series about the life of young Marcus Cornelius Primus who trained to become an elite warrior at the service of Julius Caesar.
- Fight for Freedom (2011) – Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery. Marcus is determined to find his father’s old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free.
- Street Fighter (2012) – Now a member of Julius Caesar’s palace, Marcus’s training continues in the city of Rome. The city streets are plagued by vicious gang war attacks, and Caesar must employ his own gang leader, who learns of a plot to murder him. Only Marcus can go in undercover. But he’s in terrible danger. If the rival gang discovers him the price will be fatal. Julius Caesar’s isn’t the only life at risk . . .
- Son of Spartacus (2013) – Meanwhile, his master Julius Caesar wants Marcus to help destroy the bands of rebel slaves and their leader Brixus, who plans to unite a slave army and resurrect the cause of Spartacus. But Marcus and Brixus are old allies who share a life-threatening secret. Marcus is torn between his friend and master. Can he convince Brixus now is not the time for a deadly revolt – and ask Caesar to negotiate a slave surrender before more carnage and bloodshed?
- Vengeance (2014) – Marcus may be free from the brutal training regime of the gladiators but he will not rest until he finds his mother. With his old friends Festus and Lupus at his side, and a letter from Caesar instructing all who cross his path to help him, he begins his journey. He is going back to the lands where he lived as a slave boy: the remote farming estate of the savage Decimus.
Read The Roman Arena Series in Order
Written with T J Andrews, the Roman Arena series acts as something of a prequel to the Eagle series as it features an earlier appearance of both characters Macro and Narcissus.
- Barbarian (2012) – It is AD 41. The savage Gaul Britomaris has defeated the best of the Roman gladiators in the arena. Now a young volunteer, Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a murdered general, has been given a month to prepare to face Britomaris in a fight in which only one man can survive. He is to be trained by veteran soldier Macro, who fears for his young trainee’s chances.
- Challenger (2012) – Rome under the rule of the ruthless new Emperor Claudius is a dangerous place. Condemned to gladiator school Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a treasonous general, is a celebrated hero following a dramatic victory in the arena. Now he finds himself pitted against one of the greatest gladiators who ever lived: Decimus Cominius Denter.
- First Sword (2013) – The imperial gladiator school in Capua: once the pride of the Roman Empire, lately driven to the brink of ruin by a greedy lanista. Now the school welcomes its newest recruit: Marcus Valerius Pavo, the high-born gladiator with a string of impressive victories to his name, sworn to seek revenge for the brutal murder of his father.
- Revenge (2013) – The opening day of the Games in Rome is a time for celebration in honor of the new Emperor. But for Marcus Valerius Pavo, a young military tribune fallen from grace, only despair awaits. Along with former mentor, Optio Macro, Pavo must fight for his life in a ferocious beast hunt. Battling against lions and bears, he’ll have to use all his wits to survive, as well as the help of a hated former rival.
- Champion (2013) – From the moment his father was executed in the arena for an act of treason, former military tribune and condemned gladiator Marcus Valerius Pavo has burned with the desire for revenge. Now, all that stands between Pavo and victory is a man considered by many to be the greatest gladiator to have ever lived: Hermes. But even with Optio Macro as his trainer, and the help of the snakish imperial secretary, defeating Hermes appears an impossible task.
Read The Berlin Wartime Books in Order
- Blackout (2021) – Berlin, December 1939. As Germany goes to war, the Nazis tighten their terrifying grip. Paranoia in the capital is intensified by a rigidly enforced blackout that plunges the city into oppressive darkness every night, as the bleak winter sun sets. When a young woman is found brutally murdered, Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is under immense pressure to solve the case, swiftly. Treated with suspicion by his superiors for his failure to join the Nazi Party, Schenke walks a perilous line – for disloyalty is a death sentence.
- Dead of Night (2023) – One freezing night, an SS doctor and his wife return from an evening mingling with their fellow Nazis at the concert hall. By the time the sun rises, the doctor will be lying lifeless in a pool of blood. Was it murder or suicide? Criminal Inspector Horst Schenke is told that under no circumstances should he investigate. The doctor’s widow, however, is convinced her husband was the target of a hit. But why would anyone murder an apparently obscure doctor? Compelled to dig deeper, Schenke learns of the mysterious death of a child. The cases seem unconnected, but soon chilling links begin to emerge that point to a terrifying secret. Even in times of war, under a ruthless regime, there are places no man should ever enter. And Schenke fears he may not return alive…
Standalone novels by Simon Scarrow
- The Sword and the Scimitar (2012) – 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation. Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett. Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided. At Queen Elizabeth’s command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign.
- Red Christmas (2014) – This short story follows the experiences of a faceless worker at a vast factory run by a cruel tyrant who rules with a bloodied fist. It is late in the year, Christmas is approaching and the workers and their boss are heading towards a bitter confrontation that will change everyone’s life forever.
- Hearts of Stone (2015) – 1938. A perfect summer on the Greek island of Lefkas for three young people untroubled by the simmering politics of Europe. Peter, visiting from Germany while his father leads an archaeological dig, has become close friends with locals Andreas and Eleni. As the world slides towards conflict and Peter is forced to leave, they swear to meet again.
- Invader (2016) – Written with T J Andrews. Roman Britain, AD 44. The land is far from tamed. A puppet king is doing little to calm the hatred of the native tribes. Fighting is in Optio Horatius Figulus’ blood. His Celtic ancestry gives him the toughness essential for survival. That toughness will be tested to the very limit when he is sent on a mission deep in hostile territory. And Figulus knows that, even utterly crushed in battle, their warriors routed and the Druids driven from their hill forts, the tribesmen of Britannia will sooner die than surrender.
- Playing With Death (2017) – Written with Lee Francis. It’s a case for FBI Special Agent Rose Blake. Still raw after a notorious serial killer slipped through her net, Rose will do whatever it takes – including putting her own life at risk – to nail the perpetrator this time. When a second body with identical wounds is discovered, Rose realises that a twisted murderer is playing a deadly game. A murderer who’s not going to stop any time soon. But what links the victims? And who’s next? No one is safe, and the clock is ticking…
- Pirata (2019) – It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire.When young Telemachus joins the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he’s delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears . . . The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt. Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us, or die. After surviving a brutal initiation rite, Telemachus impresses his new captain with his resourcefulness and strength, and swiftly rises through the pirate ranks. But dangerous rivals talk of mutiny and murder. While Prefect Canis, notorious commander of the imperial fleet, is relentless in his pursuit of the pirate brotherhood. Could Telemachus be the man to lead the pirates and challenge Rome?
- Warrior (2023) – The Romans invaded Britannia in AD 43 confident of victory. They swept through a divided and ill-equipped enemy, scattered across tough terrain. But one man was not prepared to surrender. Caratacus – quick-witted youngest son of a tribal king – had been trained from birth to be a warrior of power and grit. Sent to be schooled by the Druids in his boyhood, his training meant that an already strong and cunning prince returned to his father’s kingdom as a war machine . . .
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