In Conn Iggulden’s latest historical epic, join Pericles, the lion of Athens, on his journey to secure the fate of the Athenian empire.
Pericles returns home more than a hero: he's the leader of Athens, the empire's beacon of light.
But even during times of peace, the threat of Sparta—Athens's legendary rival—looms large on the horizon. When a sudden catastrophe brings Sparta to its knees, Pericles sees a golden opportunity to forever shift the balance of power in his city's favor. For sometimes, the only way to win lasting peace is to wage war.
Sparta may be weak, but their power is far from extinguished. Soon a ruthless young boy steps forward to lead the Spartans back to greatness.
As the drums of battle draw closer, can Pericles rise to victory once more—or will the world's greatest empire fall under his watch?
Conn Iggulden is one of the most acclaimed authors of historical fiction writing today. Among numerous bestselling novels, he is the author of The Abbot’s Tale, The Falcon of Sparta, The Gates of Athens, Protector, The Lion, and Empire, all available from Pegasus Books. Conn lives in London.
Praise for Conn Iggulden:
“Conn Iggulden is a grand storyteller.”
— USA Today
"Devotees of the ancient world will relish this exciting historical novel."
"A well-researched tale of heroism and hardship, honor and betrayal in which anyone's life can disappear with a filth-tipped arrow or the slash of a kopis. Exciting fare, a yarn well-spun."
— Kirkus Reviews
"A rousing retelling of a singular event, as seen through the eyes of three leaders on a momentous trek, this latest historical novel by Iggulden will be of interest to both young and old readers of military and ancient history."
— Library Journal
"Having already taken on Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, and the War of the Roses, Iggulden successfully dramatizes the life of Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury and confidant of King Aethelstan, the grandson of Alfred the Great. Immerses the reader."
— Publishers Weekly
"Superbly plotted and paced. An absolutely cracking story. The pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent. Through his eyes we watch the story of the making of England."
— The Times
A gripping read from the master historical storyteller. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the clash of empires between Greece and Persia to life.”
— The Daily Express
"Pacy and propulsive, cracking with energy, violence and stirring speeches, Iggulden chronicles power struggles, political machinations, and the bloodthirsty ravages of up-close combat.”
— The Daily Mail