Arrows of Fury: Empire II : II Paperback
Part of the Empire series
'A master of the genre' The Times The Battle of the Lost Eagle saved Hadrian's Wall, but the new Roman governor of Britannia must stamp out the rebellion of the northern tribes or risk losing the province. Rampaging south with sword and flame under the command of their murderous chieftain Calgus, they have stretched his forces to the limit. For Marcus - now simply Centurion Corvus of the 1st Tungrian cohort - the campaign has become doubly dangerous. As reinforcements flood into Britannia he is surrounded by new officers with no reason to protect him from the emperor's henchmen. Death could result from a careless word as easily as from an enemy spear Worse, one of them is close on his heels.
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 ...Anthony Riches once again brings meticulous research together with brilliant storytelling to capture the authentic feel of what life was like for the Roman Army in a brutal war with a remorseless enemy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 09/12/2010
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780340920350
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Review by janerawoof
Not as offensive as Wounds of fury. I thought love interest subplot was foolish and poorly done. I liked the Hamians, especially the character Qadir.
Review by DWWilkin
Whilst I think the hero of this series has too much invulnerability, much like a comic book superhero, the tale itself, with the background it is set in, is worthwhile, and reads fast. A way to pass the time without much thinking involved. That Riches could do better with his hero Marcus, the vendetta growing so greatly against him for no valid reason, (His father framed in Rome and all the family killed, Marcus is hiding in Britannia. At what point do those chasing him give up because he is costing them far too much to kill, and he doesn't know why he should be killed beyond a land deal or some such back in Rome.)Marcus and his companions find themselves amidst another Barbarian Rebellion and dealing with it works rather well. They even get a commander who is the type of man that Marcus should turn into as the series continues.In all, a quick, fun read set in the later part of the 2nd century.