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The Wolf's Gold (Empire #5)

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Fresh from their victory in Germania, Marcus Aquila and the Tungrians have been sent to Dacia, on the north-eastern edge of the Roman Empire, with the mission to safeguard a major source of imperial power.

The mines of Alburnus Major contain enough gold to pave the road to Rome. They would make a mighty prize for the marauding Sarmatae tribesmen who threaten the province, a
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published October 1st 2012)
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I have enjoyed all of Anthony Riches' Empire series (featuring centurion Marcus 'Two Knives' Aquila and his indomitable Tungrian cohorts) but this fifth volume in the series is sensational. There was me thinking that Fortress of Spears, the third in the series, was unbeatable and Anthony Riches proves me wrong. The Wolf's Gold has all the elements we expect from an Empire novel - thrills, great characters whether good or bad, a brotherhood of soldiers, mystery, humour, gore and solid historical ...more
Roman military historical fiction, done well.
One of the best books so far in the series. Well written and engaging throughout, with a nice twist that are becoming a hallmark of these books. The author carefully balances the accuracy of the historical setting with the need for creating an enjoyable experience for the reader,
Nick Brett
This is the fifth in an excellent series, but perhaps the weakest. I don’t like making that point as I have very much enjoyed the series to date. It is in no way a bad novel, just not as strong as the others.

We now find Centurion Marcus Corvus and his fellow Tungrian Auxiliary cohorts being sent to Dacia to protect a gold mine. Not surprisingly, they come up against both barbarians and treachery and Corvus learns something that will be of great use if he survives.

Anthony Riches is a very good wr
Simon Turney
I've been a fan of Tony Riches since Corvus first put in an appearance in Wounds of Honour, and I'm always pleased to pick up an 'Empire' book.

I've done reviews of the others so far, and I would reference them in this review. The first three in the series I always considered very much a single story arc over three books. Moreover, they were staunchly and solidly novels of the Roman military.

Cue Tony's curveball: The Leopard Sword. The fourth book in the series was something of a departure in sty
Wolf’s Gold is the fifth book in Anthony Riches's action packed Empire series. In his latest book, Riches takes our hero Centurion Marcus Corvus and his Tungrians away from their recent victory in Germania to the far reaches of the Empire. Their destination is Dacia on the north-eastern edge of the Empire, and their job is to protect an important gold mine that supplies the Imperial Treasury with tonnes of gold every day! The mine has come under threat from the Sarmatians, a rebellious tribe tha ...more
Michael Jecks
Review of WOLF’s GOLD by Anthony Riches, published by Hodder & Stoughton
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For the last few weeks I’ve not had a chance to read anything that wasn’t non-fiction, nor to write anything other than the final version of the first draft of my next book, which is the reason for the lateness of this review.
This is the first book of Anthony’s I’ve read. He is one of those fortunate types who writes for his own pleasure, because he has a real day job, and the enjoyment of writing
Robin Carter
When I read Leopard Sword 6 months ago I was shocked at how much further Anthony Riches story telling depth had increased, his books have always been my favourite in terms of pace and sheer fun, but Leopard Sword took it further with twists and turns that had never been there before. Wolf's Gold keeps that improvement going and if possible squeaks past it in terms of great story telling.

I have to admit to several laugh out loud moments reading this book (and I would love to add one of the
The Wolf’s Gold is the fifth book in Anthony Riches Empire series.

The Tungrian Auxiliary cohorts are recovering after their hard fought victory in Germania. Hoping to be sent home they are disappointed to be sent to Dacia to help defend the Alburnus Major Gold mine from marauding Sarmatae tribesmen who are determined to capture an Empires gold supply.

In a desperate fight to the death, Tribune Scaurus will have to lead his cohorts with all the skill and experience he has, if the Tungrians are to
c2012. FWFTB: Dacia, mines, tribesmen, Sarmatian, invasion. I now know where Dacia is/was - something that was sadly lacking in my knowledge base. There are also some very inventive ways of executing people in this book. I thought that this book was the best so far in the series. There was not so much emphasis on Corvus' personal problems although still part of the general framework and set up for the next book (I think!). I found the pacing to be much better and Scaurus plays a far more promine ...more
Frank Kiernan
Brilliant! This author is rapidly becoming one of the leaders in Roman historical fiction.

Great book,it kept me fixed all the way,can't wait till the next in the series.
I do enjoy this series, even if it doesn't quite hit the heights of Simon Scarrow or Bernard Cornwell the books are always diverting. This one, set around holding a mine in Dacia is another good self contained story (as was the previous one) and allows a few good set piece battles and the usual treachery, political intrigue and general feats of derring do. A shorter timescale mean there is little character development (which more or less works in these sorts of books), but it clips along well. G ...more
Love this series!
No matter how much I enjoy the ‘Empire’ books, I can’t get away from the fact that Anthony Riches’ Editor is still blind. Like the bat. It’s ok, publishing people, I have bought all the books (so far) in the series (twice, actually, as I have them all in hardback and on Audible) and a decent star count still manages to poke its head above the soup of irritants but…if I were his editor, I’d have (at least) pointed out this quick selection inside five pages, early on:

P 41. ’Scaurus raised an eyebr
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
This is the fifth book in the Empire Series, the story of Marcus Valerius Aquila. For those of you who do not know the series, Marcus’ family has been killed on orders from the Emperor. His father knew that there was some trouble brewing, so he sent his eldest son away from Rome, to an old friend in Northern Britannia. Marcus is now hidden away as a centurion in a Roman Auxiliary Legion using the name of Marcus Tribulus Corvus.

In this book Marcus’ unit has been moved to Dacia to defend the Empir
Starting a long-running series a few books in is always a bit daunting, which is why it’s taken me so long to actually read Anthony Riches' The Wolf's Gold, despite having a review copy since it was published in 2012. Because The Wolf's Gold is the fifth book in Riches' Empire series, which follows the trials and tribulations of Marcus Valerius Aquila, a Roman centurion who is set on the path of vengeance after his father and his family are murdered. But as I now have books five, six, and seven ...more
One of the things that strikes you about Anthony Riches' books, at least after you've read a few, is his ability to practically seeds of plot twists or developments at various parts of the story with ease while maintaining their vitality by not necessarily leaving them all to grow to saplings, others to grow more than you thought.
In this respect, the plot twists, turns and intrigues stay potent and keep your mind ticking over, for example thinking you know who's going to turn out to be the enemy
Another great story in this awesome series.
Craydon Burrows
another top book from the aurther, he is getting better with each book. cant wait to read the next, Hes squaddie humer is spot on he uses mordern army banter for the Roman era , great stuff 5 stars.
Evan Wood
These books just keep getting better and better. Can't wait to read the next one.
Colin Watson
Not as good as the others. Hope the final books are worth waiting for.
another very good historical fiction. waiting for more in the series
Fantastic fighting scenes. Got to love those Romans.
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Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.
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Other Books in the Series

Empire (7 books)
  • Wounds of Honour (Empire, #1)
  • Arrows of Fury (Empire, #2)
  • Fortress of Spears (Empire, #3)
  • The Leopard Sword (Empire, #4)
  • The Eagle's Vengeance (Empire, #6)
  • The Emperor's Knives (Empire, #7)
Wounds of Honour (Empire, #1) Arrows of Fury (Empire, #2) Fortress of Spears (Empire, #3) The Leopard Sword (Empire, #4) The Eagle's Vengeance (Empire, #6)

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