Shield of the Rising Sun

The perfect next series for fans of Bernard Cornwall and Simon Scarrow.

War still rages at the edge of empire while centurion Albinus Silus fights at its beating heart.

Gone is the boy who joined the legions. What remains is a man torn apart by the savagery of battle, the heartache of lost love. 

He does not know what became of his wife, and now he must balance being both a soldier and a father.  

And yet, for all his pain, he shall have to endure more than he ever thought he could. His valour in the northern wars has not gone unnoticed, and now he is to be given a special mission. 

Marcus Aurelius’ star falls with his health. One day the sun will rise on his successor and son, Commodus. But he must be ready, must know what it is to lead. Centurion Albinus has been chosen to educate him.   

Can he keep the Caesar safe? Can he nurture him, teach him what it is to be a man? Can he be The Shield of the Rising Sun

About the author

Adam has for many years held a passion for the ancient world. As a teenager he picked up Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden, and has been obsessed with all things Rome ever since. After ten years of immersing himself in stories of the Roman world, he decided to have a go at writing one for himself. The Centurion's Son was Adam's first novel. He lives in Kent, with his wife and three sons.

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Why We Like It

Reviews of Centurion's Son chronicles

  • "I truly believe that the pantheon of great historical fiction writers, Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow, Angus Donald and Bernard Cornwell to name but a few has a new name to add to the list in Adam Lofthouse "
  • "The plot and the characters are brought to life in every scene...This book can be enjoyed by anyone who loves action, adventure and drama."
  • "If you're looking for an engrossing, no-holds-barred Roman-period historical fiction novel, this is for you."

Adam has for many years held a passion for the ancient world. As a teenager he picked up Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden, and has been obsessed with all things Rome ever since. After ten years of immersing himself in stories of the Roman world, he decided to have a go at writing one for himself. The Centurion's Son was Adam's first novel. He lives in Kent, with his wife and three sons.

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