In the First Punic War, the Roman legions defeated and humiliated Carthage, their only serious rival for power in the Mediterranean.
Now a brilliant young Carthaginian general, called Hannibal, is out for revenge.
Caught up in the maelstrom are two young boys, Hanno, the son of a distinguished soldier and confidant of Hannibal, and Quintus, son of a Roman equestrian and landowner.
A disastrous adventure will see Hanno sold into slavery and bought by Quintus' father.
Although an unexpected friendship springs up between the two boys - and with Quintus' sister, Aurelia - the fortunes of the two warring empires once again separates them.
They find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and an alliance forged through slavery will be played out to its stunning conclusion in battle.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 09/06/2011
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781848092273
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Review by pierthinker
An adult and surprisingly powerful tale of ancient Rome even though the main players are teenagers (Quintus and Aurelia for Rome, Hanno and Suni for Carthage) and I originally believed this was a 'young person' novel. Author Kane plans a series of books re-telling the Punic Wars when Carthage and Rome fought and Hannibal caused so much mischief with those elephants and the Alps. Descriptions of life in both camps are well integrated in the narrative and the detail helps to bring the story alive. Kane has obviously read widely on his subject and wears that knowledge lightly in his writing. Bloody gore, politics and every day life are handled in about equal measures (not too much, or even enough, sex, though). Strong characters, decent action and a driving narrative make this a perfect summer read.