Empire of Dragons

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Anatolia, AD 260. The Roman outpost of Edessa is on its last legs after the Persian siege, and Roman Emperor Publius Licinius Valerianus agrees to meet his adversary to negotiate peace. But the meeting is a trap and the Emperor ends up in enemy hands, along with the commander of his personal guard, Marcus Metellus Aquila, and ten of his most valiant and trusted men. Their destiny is sealed: they will rot away in a mine, forced into slavery.

But Metellus - legate of the Second Augusta Legion, hero of the empire - and his men break free and find shelter at an oasis, where they meet a mysterious, exiled prince. The Romans become the prince's private militia, agreeing to safeguard the prince's journey back to his homeland, Sera Maior, the mythical Kingdom of Silk - China.

And so they begin an extraordinary and epic journey through the forests of India, the Himalayan mountains, the deserts of central Asia, all the way to the heart of China - as the very survival of the world's greatest two empires is at stake.

About Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an archaeologist and scholar of the ancient Greek and Roman world. He is the author of sixteen novels, which have won him literary awards and have sold 12 million copies. His Alexander trilogy has been translated into 38 languages and published in 62 countries and the film rights have been acquired by Universal Pictures. His novel The Last Legion was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley and directed by Doug Lefler. Valerio Massimo Manfredi has taught at a number of prestigious universities in Italy and abroad and has published numerous articles and essays in academic journals. He has also written screenplays for film and television, contributed to journalistic articles and conducted cultural programmes and television documentaries.

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Books by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

Child of a Dream
Child of a Dream
The Tower
The Tower
The Oracle
The Oracle
Pharaoh
Pharaoh
The Ancient Curse
The Ancient Curse
The Lost Army
The Lost Army
Tyrant
Tyrant
The Ides of March
The Ides of March
Heroes
Heroes
Spartan
Spartan
The Last Legion
The Last Legion
Odysseus: The Return
Odysseus: The Return
The Sands of Ammon
The Sands of Ammon
The Ends of the Earth
The Ends of the Earth
Odysseus: The Oath
Odysseus: The Oath