Hardback in dustjacket. Signed, lined, dated and numbered by Anthony Riches to the title page. Limited edition of 100. This is the only author-approved limited edition - exclusive to Tim Allen Books. Limited edition of 100 only.
Please note that henceforth limited editions in this series will be for 100 copies only as books in the series will now be delivered at 6 monthly intervals from April 2012's publication of "The Leopard Sword" (Empire 4). This means that book five - "The Wolf's Gold" will be published in late 2012, with delivery of a further four books across 2013 and 2014. Limited editions will also now be signed, lined, dated and numbered on the title page.
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 broght 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 . . .