• by Gordon Doherty
  • Narrated by Simon Whistler
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Roman Empire is crumbling, and a shadow looms in the east....
376 AD: The Eastern Roman Empire is alone against the tide of barbarians swelling on her borders. Emperor Valens juggles the paltry border defenses to stave off invasion from the Goths north of the Danube. Meanwhile, in Constantinople, a pact between faith and politics spawns a lethal plot that will bring the dark and massive hordes from the east crashing down on these struggling borders. The fates conspire to see Numerius Vitellius Pavo, enslaved as a boy after the death of his legionary father, thrust into the limitanei, the border legions, just before they are sent to recapture the long-lost eastern Kingdom of Bosporus. He is cast into the jaws of this plot, so twisted that the survival of the entire Roman world hangs in the balance....


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sounds like a good story but the narration is bad

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't really like the style of the narrator. He made every sentence sounds as if it is a surprise and that really gives me a headache.

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- Josephine

Great listen!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd read the Kindle version a year or so before – it was, in fact, my first ever ebook purchase if I remember correctly – and I knew it was a good read, so I wondered how this Roman historical fiction would translate to the audio format.
I'm happy to say it works a treat.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pavo. He's pretty inept but grows as the book goes along.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this audiobook is a great listen. I do a lot of driving at work and sometimes I get sick of hearing Radio 5 Live or Slayer or Jethro Tull CDs, so it was a very welcome change of pace to have this on as I drove around the west of Scotland every day. It's also good value, lasting for quite a few hours, so don't let the price tag of these things put you off – a lot of work goes into this!

Whether you've read this book before or not, you won't be disappointed when you download the audio version. Give it a try. Doherty's writing has improved since this, his debut novel, so future audio versions of his books will be even better. I've just completed Legionary 3 – Land of the Sacred Fire and I'm looking forward to hearing it read by Simon Whistler, so...bring it on Gordon, we're waiting!

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- The Wolf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2014
  • Publisher: Whistle Media