Anthony Riches : Leopard Sword


Britannia has been subdued – and an epic new chapter in Marcus Valerius Aquila’s life begins.
The murderous Roman agents who nearly captured Marcus have been defeated by his friends. But in order to protect those very friends from the wrath of the emperor, he must leave the province which has been giving him shelter. As Marcus Tribulus Corvus, centurion of the second Tungrian auxiliary cohort, he leads his men from Hadrian’s Wall to the Tungrians’ original home in Germania Inferior.
There he finds a very different world from the turbulent British frontier – but one with its own dangers. Tungrorum, the centre of a once-prosperous farming province, a city already brought low by the ravages of the eastern plague that has swept through the empire, is now threatened by an outbreak of brutally violent robbery. A bandit chieftain called Obduro, his identity always hidden behind an iron cavalry helmet, is robbing and killing with impunity.
His sword – sharper, stronger and more deadly than any known to the Roman army – is the lethal symbol of his unstoppable power. And now he has moved beyond mere theft and threatens to destabilize the whole northern frontier of the empire . . .
Anthony Riches has over the last few years become one of my favorite authors, his uncompromising action packed fast paced and fun style of writing has led to a series of books that holds its head up among the elite of the genre and say “Bring it on bitches”.
This latest book in the series for me is the best so far, it has all the power, pace, action, sudden violence and drama of the earlier books, but also many other layers of passion, feeling, love story, comradeship, loss, devious chicanery and many more it really is a book with everything.
Our hero grows more  and more with every book and this one is no exception, but unlike many authors this book and series may have a hero but Anthony doesn’t centre everything around him, the rest of his friends and comrades grow with him, as people and characters, everyone from the little boy being trained to fight to his wife to his commander, we enjoy a story that envelopes everyone, with everyone having a major part to play.
All of the action in this book takes place in Germania Inferior instead of Britannia (as in previous books) and with Anthony’s subtle style we are shown a whole new world, a place vastly different and yet similar to Britannia with new  tribes &|religions and how they drive the populous. (this is another of the layers of this truly exceptional book).
if i could give this book 11 /10 i would: it really is a highlight for 2012 right up there with my current Favorite God of War by Christian Cameron (and that’s the highest accolade i can give it)
I’m exceptionally glad that book 6 The Wolf’s Gold will be out later this year.
Highly recommended


Filed under Historical Fiction

2 responses to “Anthony Riches : Leopard Sword

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