Carrhae is the fourth and final instalment in Peter Darman's excellent 'Parcorus' series of historical novels. The three previous novels (The Parthian
) have been reviewed here. Peter Darman is an established military non-fiction writer with a background on the Defence Intelligence Staff on Whitehall - he has now well and truly put a marker in the sand to be considered an accomplished military fiction writer as well. In previous reviews, I have described these novels as an equivalent to a Roman Sharpe series - indeed, Darman has a similar writing style to Bernard Cornwell that grips the reader and sweeps them along with the action.
The series of novels follows Parcorus, initially a Prince within a Middle Eastern kingdom in Roman times, as he is captured in a battle, sold to the Romans as a slave and then escapes as part of the Spartacus uprising. The books follow his life story as he establishes himself as a great king and a gifted general. This, the final book, brings the tale to its climax and ties off many of the different threads that have run throughout the series.