In this gripping final instalment of the Twilight of Empire series, Aurelius Castus is ordered out of retirement to confront the King of Persia's challenge to Rome's authority in the east.
Ian Ross was born in England, and studied painting before turning to writing fiction. He has travelled widely, and after a year in Italy teaching English and exploring the ruins of empire reawakened his early love for ancient history, he returned to the UK with growing fascination for the period known as late antiquity. He has been researching and writing about the later Roman world and its army for over a decade. ianjamesross.com @IanRossAuthor
'Tense and suspenseful, punctuated by horrific violence, unforeseen
tragedy, and unexpected heroism' Steven Saylor, author of The
Throne of Caesar and the New York Times bestseller
Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome.
'Ross is a splendid writer ... I was gripped by the unexpected twists and turns as history came to life' Ruth Downie.
'[A] series that doesn't let up in quality' Weekend Sport.
'Hugely enjoyable' Conn Iggulden.
'Well-crafted, atmospheric and throughly enjoyable' Ben Kane.
'A gripping tale, rich in historical detail, evoking political intrigue and the noise and terror of battle and with an ending that caught me completely unawares' David Gilman, author of Night Flight to Paris.
'Hot, sweaty, gripping and bloody - Triumph in Dust is bloody good too!' Weekend Sport.
'With consummate skill, Ross presents us with a vision of late Rome that is tense, exhilarating, complex and exotic ... Triumph in Dust stays with the reader long after the last page is turned' Simon Turney.
'Sprawling in scope and rich in historical detail, this is a gritty, thrilling end to a wonderful series. Ian Ross not only brings us a scintillating tale, with page-turning action and vivid characters, he also writes with such authority and conviction you could believe he has discovered time travel and witnessed the events first-hand ... Triumph in Dust is a triumph of historical fiction' Matthew Harffy.
'Ross is wonderful at conjuring up this Rome ... Fans of Harry Sidebottom or Ben Kane who are yet to discover Ross will devour this series' The Times.
'The role early Christians played in the siege is particularly fascinating, but it is the portrait of Castus, a man past his prime, resolutely pagan, vulnerable and brave, who shines in this superb conclusion to a landmark series' Sunday Express.