The Parthian (Parthian Chronicles Book 1) by Peter Darman

When Rome transgresses upon his father’s domain that lays between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Pacorus, a prince of the Parthian Empire, is sent to exact revenge. After a string of victories Pacorus and his men are captured in Cappadocia, clapped in chains and sent to Italy to live out the rest of their days as slaves. But fate intervenes and Pacorus and his companions are saved from a living hell by a renegade gladiator named Spartacus. In gratitude, Pacorus agrees to help Spartacus build his army as Rome musters its legions to crush the slave uprising. And so begins an epic adventure of glory and savagery played out across the length and breadth of Italy, as Spartacus defeats the armies of Rome and Pacorus leads his horsemen to victory after victory. But will Pacorous and the slave army escape from Italy, and will he win the love of the fierce and proud Gallia before the most powerful man in Rome, Marcus Licinius Crassus, takes the field against Spartacus?

A map of the Parthian Empire at the time of Pacorus (the 1st Century BC) can be found on the maps page of my website: www.peterdarman.com

“Darman has researched this novel extremely well, as one would expect with his military non-fiction background. This detail is meshed with great story telling which flows along with great gusto. Less for the fact that this book is about a Parthian rather than a Roman, I would describe it as a ‘Roman Sharpe’. Darman’s style is similar to and as good as Bernard Cornwell’s, one of my favourite authors.”

British Army Rumour Service review, June 2011

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The Legend of Pendyne by D. A. Karr

the-legend-of-pendyne-by-d-a-karrMaster Albert had seen his share of war and destruction as one of the King’s knights.

Retired to drinking ale and caring for the Royal horses, everything changes one day. He discovers the King’s battle horse, Pendyne, has disappeared from the stable.

Haunted by his past and defending his beliefs in the old ways, Master Albert, along with his apprentice, the young Donegal, set out to find Pendyne at all costs even though Britain was just a stone’s throw away. The Legend of Pendyne is a haunting epic tale of change and choice.

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