The War Raven narrates a barbarian’s epic bid for liberty and revenge and heralds the beginning of the end for his mighty Roman oppressors... When a Germanii village is savagely decimated by the Nineteenth Legion of the Roman army, Guntram the ‘War Raven’ is captured and bound for the gladiatorial school of 1st Century Pompeii. Having watched the slaughter of his loved ones the young warrior has also witnessed the survival and abduction of his woman and young brother; if only for their sakes, he determines to channel his relentless fury and formidable strength into ensuring his own survival.
With time and several joyless victories in the arena, the tribesman wins partial liberty outside the gladiator school. This affords Guntram consolation in his love for the beautiful Judaen girl, Chayna, yet his sights remain firmly fixed on winning the ‘rudis’ – the grant of complete liberty for those rare champions who survive long enough to win the hearts of the mob.
Servannus, a fanatical sponsor of the games who is remembered by Guntram as the Tribune of the hated Nineteenth Legion, has not taken the fierce gladiator’s oath of revenge lightly. Guntram’s freedom is set to carry a higher price than he can have imagined, sending him on a harrowing journey that will lead him to the famous battle of the Teutoberger Forest, where he longs to settle old scores and pick up the pieces of his broken past.
A tale of bloodshed, love and survival, it is the vivid portrayal of a warrior’s quest for vengeance and a young nation’s struggle for freedom.