Last of the Ninth by Stephen Lorne Bennett
Approx. 140,620 words.
Published on August 13, 2010.
Can the dead hold sway among the living? A Roman legion has been annihilated and an imperial agent has vanished. Malorix, "the Emperor's assassin", follows their trail eastward. Led on his journey by the ghosts of a dark present and a darker past, he moves inexorably toward a final confrontation with the Reaper, the terrible spectre that haunts the last survivors of Rome's infamous Spanish Legion.