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A mesmerizing story of courage, faith, and war set in the world of the Ancient Greeks, Persians and Spartans.

In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. This is their story.

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus, and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them.

One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.

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Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction

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One of our finest historical novelists

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Pacey and juicy, and packed with action

Sunday Times

Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story. The pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent

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  • Hardback

    9780718181468

    May 15, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780718181475

    May 14, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $29.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781405937382

    May 15, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    RRP $49.99

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  • EBook

    9781405921527

    May 3, 2018

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Extract

Prologue

In Babylon, starlings gaped in the heat, showing dark tongues. Beyond vast city walls, the sun leaned on those who laboured in the fields, pressing them down.

As he walked in the middle of the road, the Great King bore a sheen on his skin, of oil or sweat his son could not have said. His father’s beard gleamed in tight black curls, as much a part of him as the odour of roses, or the long panelled coat he wore.

The air smelled of hot stone and cypress trees, like spearheads against the sky. The streets all around had been emptied of those who lived there. Not a child, not an old woman, not a chicken had been left to scratch the earth as the imperial soldiers had cleared a way for the king to walk. The silence lay so heavy, the boy could hear birdsong.

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