The Emperor's Knives, Paperback

The Emperor's Knives Paperback

Part of the Empire series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'A master of the genre' The Times The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family.

But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly. The young centurion's urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands. A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum - the Death Bringer - lie in wait.

The knives are unsheathed, and ready for blood ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781444731958



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Here in the seventh story of Marcus, we are used to his invincibility and so have to wonder if there is any drama that Riches can provide that leaves us in doubt in the characters invulnerability. One of the major characters has died in this series, but only one. That perhaps is something we should see more of. That more of the key men die, or that Marcus is so wounded in his fights that it becomes touch and go.Here we finally resolve the murders of the main characters family. Often gorily, and often with some foolishness, but it is resolved. Perhaps this should have had the last 1/6th of the last book. Everything that happens in Rome, stays in Rome. But Riches chose to break up matters over the two books, though the resolution of the Rome ARC beginning in the last book had little to do with the story there.Still, now that we wrap things up and see various parts of Rome, I rate this higher. It finishes a great part of the plot lines that did not work since the second book. It begins to give us a A Macro and Cato like plot at the end, though with 1600 extra characters to support the heroes. It could lead us in an interesting way now that the Rome Murder subplot is over. There is hope yet that the series will be better than it was before.