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Empire: Enter the battlefields of Ancient Greece in the epic new novel from the multi-million copy bestseller (The Golden Age Book 2)

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The story itself was intriguing from the beginning, and it was told from 5 different points of view. There were a lot of important sub-plots that played a vital role in the main story-line, and all of them were masterfully intertwined. All of the aforementioned aspects were fundamental attributes to Darien, but the most crucial one was the characters. Iggulden purred all of his talent into creating a bunch of well-sculptured and memorable characters that fell and felt for. The first 95% of this book was no exception. It’s a gripping tale of the struggles which Pericles faced, how he became a leader in Athens and his city’s rivalry with Sparta - the most militarily superior state of its time. Darien is fantasy novel very much in the spirit of sword-and-intrigue series like Game of Thrones. The setting is richly conceived without being oppressively detailed, the characters are engaging and nuanced, and the plot unfolds in a way that's both unexpected and yet inevitable. Iggulden's prose has both the consistency and stylistic variations needed to support the multiple viewpoint characters, giving them their own voices while keeping them grounded in the same book. In my opinion, this is a perfect specimen of HF. I enjoyed it and it is easily the best book I have read this year and I anticipate it will make my top 10 at the end of the year. Overall, the story is compelling. While the average reader will have some idea of the sheer force that Genghis Kahn ultimately became, that knowledge is far more amazing when you consider his humble beginnings. A must read.

The series is set in Darien and Shiang, two cities in a crumbling empire. The first novel’s events take place in and around Darien, while book two focuses more on the city of Shiang. The final novel brings the characters from these two cities and concludes their stories. His English was refined at the University of London. For seven years, he was an English teacher at Haydon School where he later became the head of English department. He let go of the teaching career and wrote his first novel, The Gates of Rome. I loved this book! It is an extremely gripping narrative while providing the reader with an accurate picture of the historical events of the time, thereby promoting learning while reading. It is very well researched. The language in the book was the traditional adult language. The derogatory terms were specific to the time. While the characters would often refer to others with these terms, they would not be considered swearing by todays standards. He is going to assemble a group of heroes. They are a dead man, a gambler, a hunter, a wielder of threads. And there is the sword saint of Shiang. Women and men that once aided Darien during her time of need. They will surely come if he calls. Darien herself gets threatened, Tellius is going to ask them to stand.Teniendo en cuenta los antecedentes de la tetralogía de la guerra de las dos rosas de este mismo autor, y lo mucho que van mejorando los libros desde el primero de, digamos, puesta en escena, yo no me los voy a perder. Darien is clearly meant to be the first in a series and not a stand-alone. What this means is that the book introduces the reader to people and places that are going to develop over more than one book. The plan at present is for a trilogy. Pisac je nekoliko puta bio u Mongoliji, a neko vrijeme je i živio nomadskim životom s Mongolima, koji se i nije puno promijenio od vremena Džingis-kana, pa su i ti detalji vjerno opisani u romanu. The political intrigue is set against a number of horrific hand-to-hand combat scenes taking place in various areas of Greece. This was such a cool book! A fun read, with an interesting way of pulling together multiple viewpoints.

Shiang” is the second novel in the “Empire of Salt” series and was released in the year 2018. If these stones were able to speak, they would yell for war. This is the last book in this series. Here, Julius Caesar has been assassinated and a bloody revenge from a mourning nation is bound to be executed. He was killed by one of his most trusted allies. Currently, the self-appointed Liberatores run for refuge in the senate neglecting the power of Caesar’s adopted son, Octavian. Unsurprisingly the majority of the story is set in the city of Darien. Darien is a huge city, it has a monarch but he’s little more than a figurehead, the real rulers of the city being the 12 noble families who keep peace with the threat of their own collection of magical artefacts that are rolled out during troubled times. Not to mention obscene amounts of money that can buy their own personal armies. This book follows on from book one, The Lion. Pericles is the lion of Athens, the leader of this great state, and he will do anything to protect his home and reputation. His childhood experiences created the man he would become, who would not bend or allow fear or weakness in any form. He cared nothing for possessions or wealth, only that his enemies fall.”The resulting chaos made the last portion one heavily dominated by action. Battle scenes often drown me in information, in literature, but here I felt I had a good understanding of each character and was able to easily discern what was occurring. Storytelling is once ore excellent, all figures come superbly to life in this wonderful Greek tragedy of war and death, while political intrigue, cultural and philosophical influences, and military machinations are greatly described within this amazing tale.

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