Date of publication: April 2003
Publisher: Harper Collins
The 13th in the Sharpe series, this novel is set from Janaury to April 1812 during the Peninsular Wars and features the Siege of Badajoz.
It was a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it was the worst he could remember. He had lost his command to a wealthy man -- a man with money to buy the promotion Sharpe coveted. And from England came his oldest enemy -- the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill -- utterly intent on ruining Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. And the surest way is to lead the bloody attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death -- or unimagined glory!