Review published on July 17, 2017.
What a cracker! This is the fourth book in the Twilight of Empire series, continuing the story of Aurelius Castus, a veteran office in the Roman army of the 4th Century. Constantine is Emperor but the Roman Empire is fracturing and it is incessantly beset by the invading barbarians.
Castus has to safeguard Constantine’s son, Crispus, and try to protect his own son, Sabinus, who is many miles away. There follows, of course, treachery and battle, and a wonderfully descriptive life on life on the frontier of Empire during this deeply troubled era.
The Mask of Command can be read as a stand-alone novel, and I look forward to catching up on the other three. A further book is due out in the near future. To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, it was wonderful. A must for those interested in Roman history, especially of the late period, and a good read for book groups too. Fantastic.
Ruth Ginarlis 5/5
The Mask of Command by Ian Ross
Head of Zeus 9781784975272 pbk Jul 2017