Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire

Legionary Land of the Sacred Fire The empire is on its knees but a last hope lies beyond the eastern frontier AD Emperor Valens has stripped the Persian frontier of its legions sending every available man to Thracia in an effort

  • Title: Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire
  • Author: Gordon Doherty
  • ISBN: 9781482787412
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • The empire is on its knees, but a last hope lies beyond the eastern frontier 377 AD Emperor Valens has stripped the Persian frontier of its legions, sending every available man to Thracia in an effort to contain the rampaging Gothic hordes Now, covetous eyes have fallen upon Rome s trade rich but sparsely defended desert provinces Shapur II, Shahanshah of the SassThe empire is on its knees, but a last hope lies beyond the eastern frontier 377 AD Emperor Valens has stripped the Persian frontier of its legions, sending every available man to Thracia in an effort to contain the rampaging Gothic hordes Now, covetous eyes have fallen upon Rome s trade rich but sparsely defended desert provinces Shapur II, Shahanshah of the Sassanid Empire and his many client kings have long believed Rome s eastern holdings to be theirs by ancestral right, and those lands have never been vulnerable Thus, Valens must grasp at the slimmest of hopes that a Persian invasion can be staved off, not by the brute force of absent legions, but by the tenacity of a hardy few For in the heart of enemy lands, something thought long lost might just offer salvation When Optio Numerius Vitellius Pavo and a select group of the XI Claudia are summoned to the Persian front, they leave Thracia behind, knowing little of what awaits them They know only that they are to march into a burning land of strange gods They whisper tales of the mighty Persian Savaran cavalry and pray to Mithras they will see their homes and families again All too soon it becomes clear to them that this is no ordinary mission indeed, the very fate of the empire might rest upon their efforts But for Pavo the burden is weightier still, for he knows that the east also holds something even precious to him the truth about his father.

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  • Gordon Doherty

    I m a Scottish writer, addicted to reading and writing historical fiction.My love of history was first kindled by the ruins of Hadrian s Wall and the Antonine Wall, and travelling around the ancient world has kept the fire burning brightly ever since The later Roman Empire and Byzantium hold a particular fascination for me There is something quite special about the metamorphosis from late antiquity into the dark ages and the medieval period While historical fiction is my passion, I enjoy writing comedy and sci fi too Perhaps one day I ll find a way to combine all three My Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 376 AD and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the east and the north.My Strategos trilogy is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 AD and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.All of my novels are available from good online stores in paperback and eBook format Happy reading gordondoherty

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  • Mr. Doherty is improving his storytelling, characterization, and writing style with every novel he writes. This was a solid, thrilling novel with well-rounded characters. Pavo and a vexillatio [detachment] from the XI Claudia are given the mission to infiltrate Persia and to return with a certain scroll, a copy of a treaty made by Emperor Jovian and Persia years before. This treaty may possibly save the Roman Empire from invasion. Pavo and his group enter Persia, undergoing hardships, trek acros [...]


  • The empire is on its knees, but a last hope lies beyond the eastern frontier . . . 377 AD: Emperor Valens has stripped the Persian frontier of its legions, sending every available man to Thracia in an effort to contain the rampaging Gothic hordes. Now, covetous eyes have fallen upon Rome’s trade-rich but sparsely defended desert provinces. Shapur II, Shahanshah of the Sassanid Empire and his many client kings have long believed Rome’s eastern holdings to be theirs by ancestral right, and tho [...]


  • I was first drawn to Gordon Doherty's books because of the wonderful, striking covers. The first in this series I rated at four stars - it was his debut novel and you could tell the style had a little way to develop. It was a great read, but I knew better was to come and I'm glad to say Land of the Sacred Fire delivers the goods. I was lucky enough to win this in a giveaway, kindly signed by the author and it takes pride of place beside my other signed Roman fiction by guys like Ben Kane and An [...]


  • This was quite a ride. Characters were reasonably developed, and the story was swift and smart (maybe with an exception of one or two very improbable escapes). Also, I really appreciate the cautious way the author deals with historical facts and details. Very nice addition to the series & looking forward to the next book!


  • I was quite lucky in a way because the release of this novel virtually coincided with me recently finishing the second book. Clearly having thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series, I was looking forward to this one and wondered if Gordon could create another great story. Needless to say, he has, and in my humble opinion has gone a little bit further as well.Pavo's last adventure found him in frost, snow and ice but in book three, he's under a searing hot sun and for a period of time, else [...]


  • I am totally happy with this fine readGordon nicely managed to continue the stories of Pavo, Sura,Gallus et alAnd now that I am finished with this story, I impatiently await the next chapter in this great epic adventurece job Gordon.


  • Excellent story. Gordon Doherty did it again! It ended far too soon. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series. I've read all three in this series and I can honestly say I was never in the least bit disappointed. Good job!



  • ExcellentAn excellent read. Following in the footsteps of his first two books. Well done. Great adventure and action all the way to the end.


  • Roman legions are decimated while invading Persia and the emperor is killed in battle. His replacement signs a treaty ending further warfare. Years later as troubles build between the two empires and ambitious Persians seek to overthrow their leaders, a search for copies of the treaty have been destroyed or have disappeared. To try to avert war the Roman emperor sends a detachment into Persian territory to try to locate a rumored copy. The legionaries encounter all sorts of problems. This was a [...]


  • While being a good read in general, the sudden split in the story (you will notice it while reading) made me feel like the author ran out of space and had to shoe-horn an ending to the book. Which is a shame actually, because it really is rare to find a well-researched book about early Persia. On the other hand, I grew as weary of the name "pushtigban" as I did of "plumbatae" some things get repeated simply waaaaaay too often.


  • Wow! Mr Doherty has written a story that gripped me from the start all the way to the finish. I can't praise this book enough. it was such a good read. This is the third book in the series and they just get better and better. I need more!!


  • I like Gordon Doherty's books and this was good but just got a little too far-fetched in terms of the action scenes and all the crazy escapes from danger.



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