Sons of Iberia


Follow Caros, an Iberian champion who fights for his people’s freedom during the brutal war between Carthage and Rome.

Verified Reviews of Sons of Iberia

"WARHORN is more than just a story of warriors, battle cries and storming the ramparts of a besieged city."

"Absolutely captivating. Laughs and heart wrenches all the way. Absolutely recommended. 5/5"

"Having read the first 2 books in the series, I couldn't wait for the release of the 3rd book. It didn't disappoint. Graphical and didn't feel like a 'historical novel'."

"Well written and well researched. A time in history which fascinates me, I can't wait to get started on the next novel of this series."


Warhorn, Sons of Iberia, Book 1


Warriors streamed from the hillsides in ever greater numbers, filling the shore and plunging into the muddy river, spears and shields held high. Warhorns echoed and men bellowed their challenges, confident the young Carthaginian general would end his days on their spears.

After avenging the murder of his family in a raid, Caros’ attempt to return to a life of peace is tragically shattered, leaving him wounded in body and spirit.

Young and bold, Hannibal Barca has begun to mass his mercenary army and rumors of war abound. When he defies an old treaty and besieges the pro-Roman city of Sagunt, Caros joins his army, seeking comradeship and a new life.

From the banks of the Tagus to the battlements of Sagunt; ride with Caros as he learns the way of war and discovers the price of victory.

A forgotten tale of bravery, loyalty, and love in a war that saw an empire destroyed and history changed forever. The series tells the untold story of the Iberian people who lived through the war between Carthage and Rome. Ride with Caros, a young Iberian warrior, who unites his people against Rome.

The Second Punic War was fought between Carthage and Rome and took place over two thousand years ago. The war is famous for Hannibal Barca’s crossing of the Alps, the use of elephants in battle, and for exceptional military tactics that resulted in infamous defeats and massive casualties. Less well covered in literature is how the war drew in people from across North Africa, Iberia, Cisalpine, and from further afield. The Sons of Iberia books are set in Spain, known then as Iberia or Hispania, and puts these people at the centre of the tale. The characters live through the causes of the Second Punic War and how it began. The heroes participate in many of the main battles fought during the Second Punic War, achieving victory or suffering defeat.


Battle Cloud, Sons of Iberia, Book 2

Blades drawn and arrows nocked, a seething mass of Volcae warriors howled and capered, determined to cut down every man that crossed the Rhone.

Tasked with persuading the warrior-like mountain tribes north of the Ebro river to allow Hannibal’s army to pass, Caros faces new challenges and dangers. He must use all his wits to negotiate treaties and quickly discovers others are inciting the tribes to resist Hannibal’s advance.

Battles between hardy mountain tribesmen. An encounter with a beautiful Oracle. Revenge against a traitor and a bloody battle against ferocious tribesmen on the Rhone.

Battle Cloud is the dramatic follow-on to bestselling Warhorn and ideal for fans of historical fiction who enjoy tales of the ancient past.

The Sons of Iberia series launches with Warhorn and details the life of the Bastetani tribe through the eyes of Caros, a young merchant. He endures great personal tragedy early in the series and is drawn into the escalating violence that engulfs Eastern Iberia.

The series describes the tension among the tribes of Iberia as war between the Carthage-backed Barca regime and Rome looms large. It goes on to track the varied fortunes of the Iberian people; the Carthaginian led armies, and the Roman legions and allied forces over the course of the Second Punic War which lasted 17 years.

Tied to the series are a set of Sons of Iberia Prequels that introduce readers to characters that feature in the series, through shorter tales of battle, love, and adventure.


Gladius Winter, Sons of Iberia, Book 3

Rome’s iron-hard legions invade Iberia to exact retribution for the sacking of Sagunt. Opposing them is an untried mercenary army and an Iberian champion and his companions.


Gladius Winter is a whirlwind of skirmish and battle as Caros challenges savage warriors and the disciplined might of Rome.

Gladius Winter is the third title in the Sons of Iberia series which is set in the 2nd Punic War fought between ancient Carthage and Rome.

The series that brings to life the Iberian warriors who fought in the war between Carthage and Rome. The ongoing series follows the warriors of Iberia who fought for their freedom in the bloody war between Carthage and Rome. Sons of Iberia is a series of historical fiction books set before and during the period of ancient history known as the Second Punic War, dating from 218 BC to 201 BC.

In 219 BC, Iberia was inhabited by Iberian and Celtiberian tribes and the coastal region was home to colonies that traced back to ancient Greek and Phoenician settlers. Iberia was a rich source of silver and the ports were busy with trading ships from all around the Mediterranean Sea which was known as the Syrian Sea by the Carthaginians.

Disputes between Carthage and Rome over ownership of the island of Sicily had resulted in the 1st Punic War which lasted 20 years and ended in 241 BC, some 23 years earlier.  By 219 BC, the tension between Carthage and Rome erupted when the Carthaginian General, Hannibal Barca, laid siege to the city of Saguntum on the East coast of Iberia. Saguntum had treaties with Rome and the siege stung the Romans into sending diplomats to Saguntum where Hannibal Barca denied them an audience. Frustrated, they travelled to Carthage where they demanded the siege be lifted and Hannibal's head. The Carthaginian leaders declined the Roman demand, resulting in Rome declaring war on Carthage once again.


Howl of Blades, Sons of Iberia, Book 4

On a fog-shrouded morning beside a lake in Italia, fifty thousand warriors strain their ears to hear the first tread of Roman boots.

Soon the silence of the new day will be shattered by screams and awash in blood. The Battle of Lake Trasimene will have started. Carthage and Rome are at war and the bloodshed will not end for many years.

In Iberia, Barca rule becomes ruthless. A Bastetani village is pillaged. Its people put to the sword. Caros and his companions fight back, but he is accused of the killings and a price is put on his head.

Meanwhile, in Italia, Hannibal has defeated a Roman army and has his sights set on Rome. First, a hated Roman consul and his legions must be defeated.

Ride with Caros across Iberia, as he fights mercenaries and allies with Gauls. Voyage with him to Italia and stand with him in battle as the armies of Hannibal and Flaminius fight to the death.

Author J. Glenn Bauer