“This latest installment in the best-selling series will delight readers of history, mystery, and popular fiction.” -Library Journal
“I had trouble putting it down at night… Highly recommended.” - Historical Novel Society
Ruso, back with the 20th Legion, is doing his best to avoid all the hullaballoo surrounding the visit of the Emperor Hadrian and his wife, the unimpressed Empress Sabina. Ruso slips away to the underused fortress of Eboracum (modern York), only to find that things are going seriously wrong there for the Legion’s British recruits. It’s not long before he and Tilla realise they’ve picked a dangerous place to hide.
Mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers. Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Can the much- decorated Centurion Geminus really be preying on his weaker soldiers? And with Hadrian on the way, will anyone care?
“Downie injects a modern who-done-it twist into the imperial action.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A new Ruso novel by Ruth Downie is a long-awaited treat… For an established fan of the series, Semper Fidelis is up there with the best of them; for a newcomer, possibly seeking to supplement Lindsey Davis’s visits to ancient Rome in the company of Falco, it stands sufficiently alone to be enjoyed for itself, and also whets the appetite for the previous four… with a huge amount of historical research woven in with such a light hand that you’ll hardly notice you’re being educated as well as entertained.” – Lynne Patrick, in Mystery People magazine
“Again Downie has given us a mystery with twists and turns that keep readers guessing until almost the very end.” – Roman Times
SEMPER FIDELIS was a “Librarian Pick” in the Macmillan Library Newsletter