Blood and Steel

Blood and Steel Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner

  • Title: Blood and Steel
  • Author: Harry Sidebottom
  • ISBN: 9781468312508
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blending heart pounding action and historical accuracy, Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner circle In this second book of his new Throne of the Caesars series, Sidebottom continues his retelling of one of the bloodiest periods of Roman history the Year of the Six EmBlending heart pounding action and historical accuracy, Harry Sidebottom s bestselling Warrior of Rome series took readers from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor s inner circle In this second book of his new Throne of the Caesars series, Sidebottom continues his retelling of one of the bloodiest periods of Roman history the Year of the Six Emperors In Rome in the year 238 AD, Emperor Maximinus s reign hangs in the balance The empire is bleeding manpower and money in an attempt to sustain its wars in the north, and rebellions flare in the far reaches of its territories Meanwhile in Africa, Gordian the Elder and Younger are proclaimed as the new Augusti A family descending from the Imperial bloodline, they represent a chance for the establishment to take back the empire The first blood of the revolt is shed in Rome when an assassin murders the emperor s prefect, announcing to Rome that the Gordians have taken the throne still bitter at Maximinus s rise from the barracks to power, the Senate endorses the rebellion, and chaos descends on the capitol But in his heart, Maximinus is a man of war when he hears of the betrayal, he acts with decisive brutality and violence On the dusty plains outside Carthage, blood and steel will determine the fate of the Roman Empire.

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    About "Harry Sidebottom"

    1. Harry Sidebottom

      Harry Sidebottom is Lecturer in Ancient History at Merton College, Oxford, and part time lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick He has written for and contributed to many publications, including Classical Review, Journal of Roman Studies, and War and Society in the Roman World.

    147 thoughts on “Blood and Steel”

    1. This well-written volume picks up where Iron and Rust left off. Maximinus has become a tyrant, concerned only with his Northern army. The main theme is the Gordian Revolt against Maximinus Thrax and takes place during three weeks in March 238 A.D. The Gordianii, father and son, are acclaimed joint emperors, although Maximinus still lives. First blood is drawn: the Praetorian Prefect, Vitalianus, is stabbed to death by Menophilus, envoy of the Gordianii, whom he supports. Father and son are decla [...]


    2. Well, in a very Giles Kristian-like way, Harry has really turned it around in book two. This is much, much more like it. I'm not saying that all Historical Fiction has to be filled with battles and action, action, action, but when you set it up as such in the blurb, you better deliver. Book One didn't, book two does.Of course, writing about the Roman period in history, is a fail-safe for intrigue, backstabbing, plots, battles galore, civil wars every five minutes, wait a decade for a new Emperor [...]


    3. This historical novel, the second of a series, is set in AD 238, when the Roman Empire is in deep trouble. Maximinus was emperor, and his policy was simple: double the pay of his soldiers. That, of course, needed more taxes, which contributes to the economic collapse in progress. Meanwhile there are continual wars on the borders, and threats of civil war at home. The Senate disapproves of the Thracian, and in North Africa the two Gordians are made Augusti. The major problem for the Gordians is t [...]


    4. ReviewBlood and Steel is a direct continuation of book 1 Iron and Rust, and like its predecessor it’s a cracking read. Harry Sidebottom is at his core an educator but having met the man a few times he is also a bit of an entertainer. In his books he teaches every reader something new, not surprising really for a man who lectures at Oxford. The surprising thing is the gripping and engaging way he tells the tale, his passion for the subject bleeding into every chapter. As ever his chosen period [...]


    5. Gritty, intense and bloody recreation of the martial and political events of one month in AD 238 when rival emperors took on Maximinus and divided the empire in civil war.


    6. Plot: 10 (tightly focused and clear narrative)Characters: 9 (generally unlikable but memorable)Accuracy: 10 (thoroughly researched and reliable)This book seems to have solved the problems plaguing the last one. There is a lot more action (we're seeing an actual revolt instead of merely the suppression of ones) and it all forms a coherent narrative over the course of about three weeks. Even though we actually hear from more POV characters (thirteen this time, three more than last) they are all re [...]


    7. Wow. finds four other books with this title. Sidebottom returns to his engaging form with this second in the series. The first book in this series was too scattered: too many characters, too many subplots. This book suffers from that also, but less so. The emperor is fighting the northern barbarians, the Gordians have revolted in Africa, the Persians are overrunning the east, and the Roman Senators are trying to figure out how to have a successful revolution without getting their hands dirty or [...]


    8. Part 2 in this historical fiction series based in the murky world of the anarchy of 3rd century imperial rome.Maximus Thrax faces the revolt and advances against his challengers with fury in his heart and vengeance on his mind


    9. I really wanted to like this, but there was way too much exposition and explanation. The author obviously knows his stuff, but there was simply not enough action for my taste.


    10. fast moving but less enthralling than Iron and Rust as the action is more compressed in time and there is some "middle volume" feel here


    11. If you liked Volume One this is more of the same. Part historical novel, part political thriller and part Mafia saga - this is Roman history red in tooth and claw. Recommended.


    12. Well, it's an improvement over previous one in that characters are, by now, more familair, as are their connections and motivations. Book still jumps between various places (border, Rome, North Africa, Mesopotamia, northern Italy) but by now you know who is who in those places.The book is also quickly picking up the pace, seeing how entire book covers span of few months.Overall I'm not terribly impressed by the series. It's not that it's not well written, it's jsut that it's not up to Warrior of [...]


    13. Having read this straight after Throne of the Caesars #1, it was easy to get absorbed all over again. Certainly, one of the periods in history I would not choose to go to if a time machine was available. Such a dangerous time for notables and plebs alike. Fast moving but perhaps a tad less satisfying than the first one. And the ending.??? Definitely recommended to the normal crew.



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