Griffin, Paperback, 9780312598983, 402pp.
Publication Date: February 2, 2010
The dawn of the 5th century AD, and the Roman Empire totters on the edge of the abyss. Already divided into two, the Imperium is looking dangerously vulnerable to her European rivals. The huge barbarian tribes of the Vandals and Visigoths sense that their time is upon them.
But, unbeknownst to all these great players, a new power is rising in the East. A strange nation of primitive horse-warriors has been striking terror on border peoples for fifty years. But few realise what is about to happen. For these so called 'Huns' now have a new leader. And his name is Attila - 'the Scourge of God.'
Thus begins a saga of warfare, lust and power which brought the whole of the Christian world to its knees - and ended in blood on the fields of France. It is a story of two men: Attila the Hun and Aetius the Roman. One who wanted to destroy the world, and one who fought one final battle to save it...
"If you think you don't like historical fiction, you haven't read William Napier." --The Times (UK) "William Napier has a genius for making the blood-dimmed chaos of ancient history into the very stuff of thrilling narrative." --Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire