It is 530 BC and Cyrus the Great has carved out the largest Empire the world had ever seen, making Persia the undisputed superpower of the ancient world. But there is treachery afoot, and Cyrus's life is in danger. When Darius, dispossessed Prince of the Royal House of Parsa, tries to warn the King of Kings, he is arrested and falsely condemned for treason.
In a fast paced tale of love, war, betrayal and revenge, Blood of Kings sweeps the reader up on an epic journey from the mud brick cities of Ancient Persia to the burning heart of Pharaoh's Egypt. Packed full of dramatic and authentic battle scenes, it recreates the sweat, blood and fear of ancient warfare, as Persia smashes Egypt's army and brings the reign of the Pharaohs to a violent end.
But it is also a book that will delight Herodotus fans, bringing the ancient Greek historian's characters to life like never before, as it follows the doomed 'lost army of Cambyses' into the Libyan Desert, marching towards a fate that would baffle archaeologists for millennia to come.
Praise for Blood of Kings:
'This is a brilliantly written and scrupulously researched historical novel that uniquely captures the atmosphere surrounding the rise to power of Darius, the greatest king of Ancient Persia. His story is interwoven with parallel events in Egypt and Greece, making this novel of absorbing interest to anybody with an interest in the ancient world' - Dr John Curtis, OBE, FBA, formerly Keeper of the Department of Middle East, the British Museum
'You must read Blood of Kings. . . a masterpiece of historical fiction' - Dr Bryan Wood, Author
'Vivid...original and fascinating' - F. Bailey, Scriptwriter for BBC's 'Peak Practice'
Author Andrew James spent three years living in a snake and scorpion infested oasis, in the shadow of the Oracle of Ammon, the ram-headed Egyptian god, to research and write Blood of Kings. The result is a book that is full of evocative scenes of the desert, vividly capturing both the savagery and the beauty of the Sahara.