Regular Linda’s Book Bag readers will know I’m a little bit obsessed with the Roman period of history, having been on a dig and visited Roman sites as well as collecting Roman coins, so I’m thrilled to have Adam Lofthouse with me today to stay in and tell me about his Roman era novel, The Centurion’s Son.
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Staying in With Adam Lofthouse
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Adam. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought The Centurion’s Son. A novel of Albinus, a lovesick, meek and shy child trying to creep out from the vast and imposing shadow of his father, all the while trying to catch the eye of the girl he loves.
I’ve brought this as it is a story for everyone. Pour yourself a drink, sit back and be transported to the ancient world. Stand on the northern borders of the greatest empire the world has ever known and look out into the abyss; imagine the Gods and men that must inhabit the mist strewn lands of wild Germania.
(Oh, yes. Sounds perfect! Love, conflict, revenge and family relationships are universal themes whatever the era aren’t they?)
What can we expect from an evening in with The Centurion’s Son?
One hell of a ride! Journey with Albinus as he seeks to avenge the death of his father and transform himself from love struck puppy to a hardened legionary of the Roman army. Pitch your shield next to his as waves of barbarians stream from the wilderness to attack your shieldwall.
Or ride with Licina. Albinus’ fiancé finds herself captured and enslaved. All alone in a foreign land, she must find a way to escape her captors and journey back to the man she loves. But the ride will be hard and fraught with danger, and despite what they say, not all roads lead to Rome…
(This sounds as if it would make brilliant TV viewing as well as being an exciting read Adam.)
What else have you brought along and why?
Well, my Gladius of course! Rome forged an empire with the short Spanish sword they have long since made infamous. A sixty-six-cm blade with a solid wooden pommel. I wouldn’t go campaigning against barbarians without it!
(Well, no! That would be foolhardy!)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Adam – and with that Gladius in the mix I won’t argue if you want to return at any time!
The Centurion’s Son
Albinus, the son of a revered Roman veteran Silus, has always longed to be a farmer, not a soldier, and live his days ploughing and reaping the harvests, with his bride-to-be, Licina. But Silus’ has darker ambitions, for Albinus to follow in his footsteps in the army.
But, as the conflicts between father and son come to a head, a growing threat comes down from the vengeful Germanic tribes to the north. Just as Albinus and Licina are about to marry, their settlement is raided by barbarians and Silus and his veteran comrades are brutally killed, while Licina is kidnapped by the raiders and taken to their king as a gift.
Believing her to be alive, Albinus sets out on a quest to find Licina, finally fulfilling his father’s wishes as training as a soldier, even as he is spurred to avenge his father’s death. As the barbarian hordes gather and plan major rebellion against the Romans, Albinus finds a new fighting spirit within him and grows in stature among the legionaries.
Licina meanwhile has a fight of her own, to escape from slavery and find Albinus. Time is running out, as the northern tribes head for Rome, decimating everything in their path…
Published by Endeavour, The Centurion’s Son is available for purchase here.
About Adam Lofthouse
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 is Adam’s first novel. He lives in Kent, with his wife and three sons.