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Tales of the Empire – a series of Historical Fantasy novels with a flavour of late Rome

The Tales of the Empire are closely-linked yet standalone novels of low historical fantasy, realistic and gritty and heavily flavoured with late antiquity.

  • Interregnum is an epic novel of the death and rebirth of an Empire and the redemption of a once-great mercenary captain.
  • Ironroot is a military whoddunit set some twenty years after the events of Interregnum.
  • Dark Empress is a tale of siblings thrown apart and back together in the fractured, dangerous world of a collapsed Empire.
  • Insurgency follows the  descendents of the characters of Interregnum when a new grave danger threatens the empire.
  • Emperor’s Bane is a novella that tells the side tale of a character from Insurgency as something of a prequel.
  • Invasion follows the exploits of three officers as they lead an invasion of a distant island, beset by intrigues and turmoil.
  • Jade Empire closes the series with a climactic clash between two great empires and the sons of a native prince who become caught up in it.

The books are available in 9×6 paperback format from Amazon or CreateSpace and in various e-Formats, including Amazon’s kindle, the Kobo, iTunes and Nook, and from Smashwords

Check out the reviews of:

Interregnum on Fantasy Book Review

Ironroot on Fantasy Book Critic

Dark Empress by Parmenion Books

Insurgency by Hoover Book Reviews

Emperor’s Bane by Mihir on Goodreads

Invasion by Hoover Book Reviews

Jade Empire by Hoover Book Reviews

Written by SJAT

May 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

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  1. i bought interregnum this year and have just read the first three chapters,is this a full novel on a smaller bit of work of a few years ago.
    it is so similar to the smaller piece i read please tell me i am wrong, i love the marius mules books what a character Fronto is


    Chris Forrest

    November 7, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    • Hi Chris. Not sure what you mean here. Interregnum was written and released originally back in 2009. It’s been rereleased a few times with new covers, but it’s still the same book. It’s the first novel in the Tales of the Empire. Can you tell me what this smaller piece you read was? Interregnum is a long book and now 9 years old.




      November 7, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      • i was a little confused as my copy was released in 2016 since i left my message to yourself i searched my archives
        and guess what i found the novel sincere apologies in wasting your time .i have just purchased the 1st in the templar series cant wait (i still am missing Fronto)
        kind regards

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        Chris Forrest

        November 8, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      • Hi Chris. Hope you enjoy Templar. Second one comes out shortly too. Am I to understand you bought Interregnum twice?



        November 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      • yes would you like a copy He He,You said in a previous blog there will be 15 MM,s is that still the case



        November 9, 2018 at 10:27 am

      • Ha. Yes there will still be 15 MMs. 4 to go and the plots are all lined up ready. The final scene of book 15 is already written. Has been for about 6 years! Do you read on an ereader?

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        November 9, 2018 at 10:37 am

  2. SJAT:

    I’m not a fan of fantasy and have never made it through such a novel. I’m a huge fan of yours though — having read each book in the MM series in the last few months. I purchased Interregnum without realizing it was fantasy since, of course, when I finished the last available MM book, I immediately wanted more. I’m 8 chapters in and find the storyline compelling. Just wondered though, what prompted you to do a fantasy series when you’re clearly such a gifted historical fiction writer? I’d think they’d be easier to draft (a lot less research obviously!) but perhaps I am wrong? Truly interested in your thinking and motivation for the switch from historical fiction to fantasy.

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    Gene Kline

    December 18, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    • Hi Gene. Thanks for the message and I’m pleased you like the books. Nice thing to read on a cold and damp December morning. 🙂 Regarding the fantasy books, actually Interregnum was one of the first things I ever wrote rather than a shift from Historical Fiction. MM1 was written in 2003, though only published in 2009, and Interregnum was 2004 and also 2009. For the first years of releases I was writing one Marius’ Mules book and one fantasy book a year. I’ve been a reader of fantasy since school days, thanks to Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay, and if there’s one writer I always wanted to be as good as, and one against whose skill I measure all others it’s Guy Gavriel Kay. So, really, I’ve always written both. And though I’m currently not writing any fantasy, I still have plans for new ones in the future. 🙂 That being said, I have enough Historical Fiction on the cards to keep me busy for now.

      Cheers and happy holidays.


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      December 21, 2018 at 10:59 am

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