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Who is Simon Scarrow?
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.
Simon Scarrow Books in Order:
I. Eagles of the Empire series
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 joins 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 informations, got to the dedicated Eagles of the Empire Reading Order.
- 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)
II. Revolution series
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.
III. Gladiator series
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 discover 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.
IV. Roman Arena series
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 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 honour 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.
V. Invader series
Written with T J Andrews, Invader is a series of ebook novellas set in Roman Britain, AD 44, about Horatius Figulus, a junior officer in the Second Legion.
- Death Beach (2014) – The invasion of Britannia has been bloody and relentless, and still the barbaric islanders have not been fully conquered. The men of the Second Legion have suffered grievous losses in driving back their bitterest enemy, but worse is yet to come for the beleaguered soldiers. With winter fast approaching, they face a new threat: ferocious native warriors launching coordinated attacks from their secret base on the Isle of Vectis.
- Blood Enemy (2014) – Horatius Figulus, a junior officer, has been rewarded for bravery and skill against the island’s rebel forces with a mission that could bring him prestige and position. He and his most trusted comrades are to help install a new king in a hostile area. Succeed, and they’ll establish an imperative Roman stronghold. Fail, and the whole invasion will be jeopardised.
- Dark Blade (2014) – Despite defeat in battle, Britannia’s natives continue to resist their Roman conquerors. All attempts to impose Roman rule have failed. A new king has been installed among the Durotriges to bring them into line and Optio Horatius Figulus of the Second Legion is charged with protecting him. It’s a thankless task and, worse still, the Druids are rumoured to be plotting to assassinate the king.
- Imperial Agent (2015) – In the winter of AD 44, Rome’s plan to install a friendly king in the most hostile area of Britannia is facing a new threat. There are rumours of a traitor close to the new king, and a new enemy is gathering strength beyond the marshes. As the king continues with his plans to Romanise his subjects, Horatius Figulus, a junior officer in the Second Legion, is charged with training up the new royal bodyguard.
- Sacrifice (2015) – Britannia, AD 45. Rome’s plan to establish a new friendly king over a hostile native tribe is in grave danger. A sinister new Druid sect, led by a charismatic priest, is threatening to destabilise the province and has taken several Roman soldiers prisoner. Now Optio Horatius Figulus faces his most dangerous mission yet.
VI. Pirata series
Written with T J Andrews, Pirata is another ebook novella series. It is AD 25. The Roman Empire stretches from Hispania in the west to Armenia in the east, Merchantmen roam the seas, transporting people, livestock and all manner of goods. And where there are merchant ships, there will be pirates …
- The Black Flag (2019) – On a blustery night in the rough port of Piraeus, Captain Clemestes staggers drunkenly through the dark streets as he heads for his ship, Selene. When he becomes aware of the sinister figures following him, he fears the worst, for life is cheap in this den of thieves and cutthroats. Then a man bursts from the shadows and by brute force drives the attackers away. Clemestes is astounded to find that he has been saved not by a powerful soldier, or a fellow sailor, but by a half-starved youth, compelled to come to the aid of a stranger, in the face of impossible odds.
- The Gates of Stone (2019) – Ship’s boy Telemachus has left behind grinding poverty in the Piraeus to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene. Only recently a scrawny youth, he has become a strong and skilled seafarer after weeks of hardship at sea. Now he has fallen into the hands of pirates: brutal men, who take pleasure in vicious acts against their victims and, sometimes, each other.
- Hunters of the Sea (2019) – The young pirate Telemachus has impressed Captain Bulla with his courage and skill, and has been made captain of a small ship, Galatea, with his loyal friend Geras as first mate. Their target: the trade routes of the northern Adriaticum, with the promise of rich and easy pickings. But the exhilaration of command quickly fades as Telemachus and his men struggle to find any ships worth looting.
- Sea of Blood (2019) – In the dangerous waters along the Illyrian coast, a feared pirate crew is on the hunt. Prey is elusive, for Prefect Canis of the Roman navy has forbidden merchant ships from sailing without an escort. Captain Bulla and his first mate, the young pirate Telemachus, are relieved when a rare target is sighted. But the presence of armed soldiers on board takes them by surprise, as a gang of pirates prepares to take on a highly trained enemy.
- The Pirate Chief (2019) – A vast fleet of pirate ships has gathered, black pennants fluttering in the breeze. On board are men who would slit each other’s throats rather than work together. They have sailed from all directions, reluctant and suspicious, at the request of the notorious pirate Telemachus, the new captain of the Poseidon’s Trident. They come in honour of the fallen Bulla, Telemachus’s predecessor, not for the young upstart. But Telemachus has a message they can’t ignore.
V. Standalone novels
- 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…
- 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.