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The second book in an epic fantasy series by a critically acclaimed and highly praised author.

It is twenty-three years since a Macht army fought its way home from the heart of the Asurian Empire. The man who came to lead that army, Rictus, is now a hard-bitten mercenary captain, middle-aged and tired. He wants nothing more than to lay down his spear and become the farmer that his father was. But fate has different ideas. A young warleader has risen to challenge the order of things in the very heartlands of the Macht. A soldier of genius, he takes city after city, and reigns over them as king. What is more, he had heard of the legendary leader of the Ten Thousand. His name is Corvus, and the rumours say that he is not even fully human. He means to make himself absolute ruler of all the Macht. And he wants Rictus to help him.
Publisher: Oxford : Solaris, 2010.
ISBN: 9781906735777
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Kearney Paul 12/2010
Characteristics: 459 p. :,map ;,17 cm.


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unbalancedbutfair Jun 28, 2012

Sexual Content: There is some accurate sexual content for the ancient world. Sex with slaves, and more disturbingly (but no less accurately), rape. It is not glorified or presented with excruciating detail but it is there.

unbalancedbutfair Jun 28, 2012

Violence: As the cover might indicate, war occurs.

unbalancedbutfair Jun 28, 2012

Coarse Language: Soldiers swear *shrug*


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unbalancedbutfair Jun 28, 2012

My biggest complaint for this book is that the cover seems to depict Roman armor, but the warfare is more akin to Hoplite. A minor complaint and the largest I have. The book was an easy read but not without depth. The action is engrossing and clear. The tactics, strategies, logistics, and horrors of war are presented together and are all believable and cohesive. They feel real in addition to being academically fairly accurate. That's important. I found it entrancing and compelling. I doubt everyone will find it so, but some will. Are you one of those? I don't know. I hope so.


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