The author has done it again writing another excellent historical novel of the late Roman Empire. This one starts where the previous book left off (King of Kings) where Ballista is being led away to captivity by the Persians after the defeat and capture of Valerian in 260 AD.
What I like about this book and this author are the following.
1. This book is well researched. The author does an excellent job of analyzing all the writings and archeology of the period.
2. The book uses the research to paint a very believable picture of the period. I almost thought that I was there looking at the cities and the countryside.
3. The action is palpable. You can feel it. More than the other two books, Ballista is in the action, in one battle after another, and his family also dodges some challenges.
4. The storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat. You believe that everything will end well, but at times you wonder. At one point especially where his wife and sons were in trouble, I was challenged to jump ahead to try to find out.
5. The ending is satisfying. I won't tell you what it is, but you should enjoy it.
6. All in all, the book is very believable. In fact, of all the authors that I've read of Roman Historical Fiction, this author's stories are the most believable.
I can't wait for the next installment - mentioned in the Historical Afterward - The Caspian Gates.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Roman Empire. This is not dry historical analysis but an excellent story based upon the historical facts, as we know them today.