The Iron Way

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Pub Date 04 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 04 Aug 2022
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Cast to the edge of the Empire, the Sarmatian army must fight in defence of Rome in the second of a new trilogy set in the second century AD, from the author of Smile of the Wolf.

AD 175, Vindolanda, Britannia. After their cavalry was broken by the legions on the frozen waters of the Danube, Sarmatian warrior Kai bought his people's lives with a pledge to serve Rome. Bound to the will of the Emperor, the Sarmatians are ready to fight and eager to die – death in battle is the only escape from the dishonour of their defeat.

Exiled from their home lands, they are ordered to take the Iron Way to the far north and the very edge of the Empire. Here, a great wall of stone cuts across the land as straight as the stroke of a sword. On one side, Rome's dominion; on the other, mist and rumours – stories of men closer to giants, of warriors who fight without fear or restraint.

For a people who knew no borders, who were promised war, garrison duty is cruel punishment. But as insurrection stirs on both sides of the wall, Kai will discover that every barrier has its weaknesses – and he will have his chance to fight, perhaps to die.

Praise for Tim Leach's Sarmatian Trilogy:

'The characters feel rounded and real, and the Sarmatians' attempts to keep their world alive and evade the tyrannous reach of Rome are heartbreaking.' The Times on A Winter War

Cast to the edge of the Empire, the Sarmatian army must fight in defence of Rome in the second of a new trilogy set in the second century AD, from the author of Smile of the Wolf.

AD 175, Vindolanda...


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I didn't realise that this was a series and so I found some parts a bit confusing. Overall i enjoyed it but will definitely go back to it and reread after I have read the first book.

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The second in the excellent trilogy set in the second century and featuring the Sarmatians and Romans. The Sarmatians are now captives of the Romans and have sworn an oath to serve for twenty five years. They have been brought to Britain and guard one of the forts at Hadrians Wall against the wild tribes north of the wall.
Tim Leach's writing is beautifully poetic and atmospheric ; it is a joy to read. The characters earn the reader's respect through their courage and camaraderie. Theirs is a hard life, and through the excellent writing, I felt totally immersed in the historical setting.
I found this an exciting and also a very moving read and I can't wait for the final instalment.

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