Author(s): William Napier
A stunning historical novel - the first in an epic trilogy about the rise and fall of history's greatest villains. The dawn of the 5th century AD, and the Roman Empire totters on the edge of the abyss. Already divided into two, the Imperium is looking dangerously vulnerable to her European rivals. The huge barbarian tribes of the Vandals and Visigoths sense that their time is upon them. But, unbeknownst to all these great players, a new power is rising in the East. A strange nation of primitive horse-warriors has been striking terror on border peoples for fifty years. But few realise what is about to happen. For these so called 'Huns' now have a new leader. And his name is Attila - 'the Scourge of God'. Thus begins a saga of warfare, lust and power which brought the whole of the Christian world to its knees - and ended in blood on the fields of France. It is a story of two men: Attila the Hun and Aetius the Roman. One who wanted to destroy the world, and one who fought one final battle to save it ...
'If you think you don't like historical fiction, you haven't read William Napier' THE TIMES The ATTILA trilogy is an incredible story of sex, power and extreme violence and the events that put the final nails in the coffin of Roman Europe. In the bestselling tradition of Conn Iggulden and Steven Pressfield. Attila is one of those elusive figures whose notoriety is only exceeded by his mystery. The perfect mix for historical fiction. Conn Iggulden has demonstrated that the interest in the great stories of the past (particularly military stories) is still at its height. William Napier is a fantastic craftsman of prose and possesses a wealth of knowledge of the time - an impressive combination. '[A] rattling good yarn... Napier tells a great story, complete with smells and sounds, and lots of gore. The battle descriptions are particularly good ... I couldn't put it down' Big Issue '[A] rip-roaring account of the boyhood of Attila the Hum, a tale jam-packed with epic set pieces, bloody battles ... [a] gripping novel' Daily Mail. The second novel in the series will be published in Orion trade Autumn 2006.
William Napier was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He lives in Wiltshire and travels widely.