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The Emperor's Knives: Empire VII [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Riches
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    This is fast-paced and gripping "read-through-the-night" fiction, with marvellous characters and occasional moments of dark humour. Some authors are better historians than they are storytellers. Anthony Riches is brilliant at both. Conn Iggulden A damn fine read ... fast-paced, action-packed. Ben Kane Stands head and shoulders above a crowded field ... real, live characters act out their battles on the northern borders with an accuracy of detail and depth of raw emotion that is a rare combination. Manda Scott


    'A master of the genre' The Times

    The seventh novel in Anthony Riches' acclaimed Empire sequence brings Marcus Aquila back to Rome, hunting the men who destroyed his family.

    But the revenge he craves may cost him and those around him dearly.

    The young centurion's urge to exact his own brutal justice upon the shadowy cabal of assassins who butchered his family means that he must face them on their own ground, risking his own death at their hands.

    A senator, a gang boss, a praetorian officer and, deadliest of all, champion gladiator Mortiferum - the Death Bringer - lie in wait.

    The knives are unsheathed, and ready for blood . . .


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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding! 15. August 2015
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    The perfect companion to this excellent series is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Roma Victrix Wein Becher

    Anthony Riches Empire series goes from strength to strength with every succeeding novel, for me The Emperor's Knives is the best yet, without giving away spoilers, the narrative is, as usual fast paced (so much so that I was up until 2 in the morning ) all ones senses are alerted, full of murky intrigue, the visceral gore of the gladiators and the arena, to the smells and sounds of every day life in ancient Rome. The characterisations of the main protagonists have been explored to the full and you end up with the feeling that you were there in another life. Highly recommended.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Great story, shame about the editing 19. April 2014
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    I've read all the books in the "Empire" series since I stumbled over the first one in a hotel. Like the others, "The Emperor's Knives" is a cracking read. One star deducted for the quite shoddy editing; several times the names of characters change mid-paragraph, and there are numerous spelling and grammatical errors. Hopefully these get sorted out in future editions.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen Riches does gladiators - three and a half stars 4. März 2014
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    This is volume seven of Anthony Riches "Empire" series, which have taken place under the reign of Emperor Commodus and will also extend to the reigns of his successors up to Septimius Severus included, according to the author. I have, up to this volume, very much appreciated all of the previous instalments. This one, however, while still quite good, come across as a bit of a disappointment because of two related reasons: the author's tendency to fall for the latest "fashionable topic" and a relative lack of originality that I had previously been unaccustomed to.

    The fashionable topic is, of course, "to do" gladiators, following in the footsteps of HBO, Simon Scarrow and a number of other "swords and sandals" novel writers. While this book, unlike other productions, is at least not another rehash of Spartacus, the author does seem to have fallen for the latest fashion in town.

    A number of other features are also borrowed or inspired from other authors or from films. The comeback of the veteran and unvanquished gladiator reminded me of Gladiator (the film) and of one of David Gemmell's novels about the Rigante. The gang of street urchins used as spies is directly inspired by one of Manda Scott's novels which also takes place in Rome, but under a different (and just as unbalanced and monstrous) Emperor (Nero, as opposed to Commodus). The setting of the novel, in Rome as our young, tall and handsome (of course) hero and his companions are back from their mission in Dacia, reminded me of Simon Scarrow's Praetorians (under Emperor Claudius, this time) and so did the sinister and utterly ruthless character of Commodus' Chamberlain, the new power behind the throne, who bears a number of similarities with Narcissus, Claudius' freedman.

    Despite being an enjoyable read, with the usual fast paced and action-packed style, the plot itself is mostly very predictable as our hero embarks on his personal little vendetta, with the exception of one feature right at the end. I am not quite sure to what extent it is believable, although, to be fair, the reader may not care too much about this to the extent that she/he is caught up with the action, and not given the time or the opportunity to reflect on the plausibility of the events. How plausible is it, for instance, for the imperial authorities to allow for two full cohorts of battle-hardened auxiliaries to be allowed to settle anywhere near the city?

    Having mentioned the reasons for which this title did not work out for me as well as the others of the series had up to this volume, I should also add that something was missing. Anthony Riches main strength had been to describe the day-to-day life of Roman soldiers, and the Tungrian auxiliaries in particular. This includes their gruelling marches and battles, the "blood, sweat and tears" pieces, and the kind of profanity that you can expect from these tough veterans. You will get little of this in this volume, given that the story takes place in Rome and is about Marcus Aquila's personal vengeance, with some of the characters that were part of his youth and his upbringing thrown in.

    One feature for which the author deserves to be commended without any restriction, however, is the care that he has taken to research his topic in general, and Rome at the end of the second century in particular. In addition, and even if not entirely original, the description of the bloodthirsty crowds and circus games are rather good.

    Another final feature, which I did very much like without the slightest reservation this time, is the additional short story included at the end of this novel. The episode, the rather tragic demise of Avidius Cassius, is quite gripping and accurate. He was, at the time, Rome's best general. He did revolt and proclaim himself Emperor because it was widely believed that Marcus Aurelius had died of the plague. Avidius Cassius did lose most of his support and did met his fate as told in the short story.

    Three and a half stars for a book that is a good and exciting but not one of the author's best or most original titles.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Riches scores another touchdown 11. Mai 2014
    Von Rusty - Veröffentlicht auf
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    If you enjoy mysteries and have become part of the Corvus family, which includes Scaurus, Dubnus, Armenius, and many others, then this is the book for you. The. Author's writing style is engaging and in this particular book of the series, Riches demonstrates he can capture your attention without his main characters having to fight off some barbarian horde. Don't get me wrong, there is more than enough blood and gore in this yarn to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader. The game is a long way from over and Riches has primed this reader to anticipate the next adventure with an exciting end to what I believe to be one of the best books of the series.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen The weakest book in what has been a great series 16. August 2014
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    Riches previous books were fantastic reads. This one was OK, but did not hold my attention like the previous six did. The story consisted of a series of somewhat independent events that did not build to a real climax, with the protagonists always ahead of and outsmarting the antagonists. I hope the 8th installment in this series is a lot better.
    4.0 von 5 Sternen The Rome Subplot finally put to rest 4. Juli 2015
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    Here in the seventh story of Marcus, we are used to his invincibility and so have to wonder if there is any drama that Riches can provide that leaves us in doubt in the characters invulnerability. One of the major characters has died in this series, but only one. That perhaps is something we should see more of. That more of the key men die, or that Marcus is so wounded in his fights that it becomes touch and go.

    Here we finally resolve the murders of the main characters family. Often gorily, and often with some foolishness, but it is resolved. Perhaps this should have had the last 1/6th of the last book. Everything that happens in Rome, stays in Rome. But Riches chose to break up matters over the two books, though the resolution of the Rome ARC beginning in the last book had little to do with the story there.

    Still, now that we wrap things up and see various parts of Rome, I rate this higher. It finishes a great part of the plot lines that did not work since the second book. It begins to give us a A Macro and Cato like plot at the end, though with 1600 extra characters to support the heroes. It could lead us in an interesting way now that the Rome Murder subplot is over. There is hope yet that the series will be better than it was before.
    5.0 von 5 Sternen others will also enjoy it and them 3. Mai 2015
    Von Donn Ellerbrock - Veröffentlicht auf
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    Well written with interesting characters, the book is fast-paced and believable. But due to the complexity of the story, it could be a little confusing , particularly since it brings some closure to a number of story lines introduced in the earlier books in the series. It is the last of seven Roman military history novels in a series set in the reign of the Roman emperor Commodus in the 190s AD. The book appears extensively researched regarding Rome and its environs the setting of Empire VIII and is less focused on the Roman military and battles in northern part of the empire the setting of the earlier books in the series. Rather its more of a suspense drama. While history and military history buffs will find the book and the series fascinating, others will also enjoy it and them. From my perspective, a problem with this book though, as with books other series, the full development of the characters really is built through the events of earlier books in the series. It's useful, but not necessary, to read the earlier books in the series. A reader will find the introductory materials and the appendices especially useful.
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