War at the Edge of the World by Ian Ross
(Head of Zeus, 2015)

War at the Edge of the World

by Ian Ross

The epic first instalment in a sequence of novels set at the end of the Roman Empire, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.

Centurion Aurelius Castus - once a soldier in the elite legions of the Danuge - believes his glory days are over, as he finds himself in the cold, grey wastes of northern Britain, battling to protect an empire in decline.

When the king of the Picts dies in mysterious circumstances, Castus is selected to lead the Roman envoy sent to negotiate with the barbarians beyond Hadrian’s Wall. Here he will face the supreme challenge of command, in a mission riven with bloodshed, treachery and tests of his honor. As he struggles to avert disaster and keep his promise to a woman he has sworn to help, Castus discovers that nothings about this doomed enterprise was ever what it seemed.


Hugely enjoyable. The author winds a tension spring to an explosion of fast-paced events. If you like Scarrow you'll love this.”
- Conn Iggulden
Ian Ross blazes into the world of Empire and legions with the verve and panache of an old hand. The world of Roman fiction is a crowded place, but there’s no doubt this one is up there with Harry Sidebottom and Ben Kane and is destined for the premier league. ”
- Manda Scott
Twilight of Empire - War at the Edge of the World is an impressive debut by Ian Ross. Set in a little-known era of the Roman Empire - the early 4th century AD - it throws us head first into a chaotic world in which emperors rise and fall, fortunes change and a man does not know who to trust. This is a thumping good read, well crafted, atmospheric and thoroughly enjoyable. A real page-turner. Where’s the next volume, please?”
- Ben Kane
Lifts the curtain on a neglected but fascinating period of Roman history with a deft hand and a keen eye. Highly recommended.”
- Anthony Riches