AD 449: the future of the world hangs in the balance. The once mighty Roman Empire lies open and vulnerable to attack from a huge Hunnish army that has gathered on the banks of the Danube and is poised and ready to strike - but only one man has seen the danger. Master-General Aetius knows Attila still thirsts for blood and destruction, but he is helpless to stop the the pending onslaught. For Atilla plans to march on the mighty city of Rome, the very heart of the empire. but is the risk too high, even for the most battle-hardened of warlords? Attila's choices play out on the plains Europe where he must ultimately face his destiny.
"Alliances, betrayal, assassination, gory battles, torture and cruelty mark this blood-soaked historical, and Napier describes it all vividly and with sword-pounding impact." --Publishers Weekly
"Rip-roaring...a tale jam-packed with epic set pieces, bloody blattles, a fair bit of history, and the requisite lusty interludes...[a] gripping novel." --Daily Mail (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