The Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17) by Simon Scarrow

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Simon Scarrow is a UK-based author, born in Nigeria in 1962 and now based in Norfolk. He is the author of The Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17), among others, out in November 2018. Learn more about the author and his book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Simon Scarrow is best known for his Eagle series of Roman military fiction set in the territories of the Roman Empire, covering the second invasion of Britain and the subsequent prolonged campaign undertaken by the rump of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Simon completed a master’s degree at the University of East Anglia after working at the Inland Revenue, and then went into teaching as a lecturer, firstly at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, then at City College Norwich.

He began publishing in 2000. It’s in 2005, after the success of his first novels, that he decided to dedicate himself to full-time writing.

Simon has lived in different countries before settling in United Kingdom.

Let’s take a closer look now at his novel The Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17), published in November 2018.


The gripping new Cato and Macro adventure in Simon Scarrow’s bestselling Eagles of the Empire series, not to be missed by readers of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.

It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war . . .

The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome’s strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power, while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

Marching into unmapped and unfamiliar terrain to restore an unpopular king is a perilous mission. Allies cannot be trusted and foes lurk on all sides. The bravery and skill of the Roman army will be tested to the limit . . .

Praise for Scarrow’s bestselling novels: ‘Blood, gore, political intrigue…A historical fiction thriller that’ll have you reaching for your gladius’ Daily Sport

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