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Attila's Treasure Paperback – August 1, 1996
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The strong history in this book and wonderful descriptions of surroundings show the culture clashes experienced by the charachters within. It's a story of cross-culture friendships, and tolerance and understanding of your friends even when you don't understand or nesicarily agree with practices of your friends. It is also a story of dangerous forbidden love and longing.
As one who practices Asatru, norse religion, I was delighted at the realistic and true way in which the religions and magic are portraied. Those who enjoyed this may also be interrested to know that the author of these books is a scholar who has also writen books on Asatru under the penname 'Kveldulf Gundarsson' and his books are "Teutonic Magic" and "Teutonic Religion".
This is just to show that no, you don't have to be a "man's man" to enjoy this book. (???) Nor should Hagan's bisexuality be at all off-putting, because I have never met a sexier one-eyed psychotic than in Stephen Grundy's "Attila's Treasure". If you've read Grundy's previous work (this book is less a sequel than a side-quel, taking place concurrently with "Rhinegold") and were somewhat annoyed by Sigifrith's idiotic charm, while being intrigued by the murderous, mysterious Hagan - well, pull up a chair, 'cause you've got 528 pages of him all to yourself.
Hagan, a Burgundian prince, is sent as a "frith-bonder" (peace hostage) to Attila the Hun. This sounds, on the surface, like some exquisite form of medieval torture, and indeed Hagan is at first miserable. Yet he quickly finds himself acclimating to the Hunnish way of life, which is both alien and familiar to the Germanic tribes. Set shortly before the fall of Rome, when a delicate balance had Europe trembling on the edge between Roman Christianity, German Paganism, and the looming influx of Eastern nomad tribes, this novel sweeps you back to an era of savagery and honor.
A few things - first, another reviewer was upset because he thought the Goths were referred to as "Aryans", which he felt was both tasteless and inaccurate. It would be, if that's what they said. But what the Goths actually were is *Arians*, a different thing entirely.Read more ›
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Any babe in the woods who's taken a 101 medieval history class where they teach Americans to locate the Danube knows the difference between Arians... Read more
The hunnish people is one of the most intriguing happening of the history of humanity. Being a fan of fiction-literature, I noticed how nonexistent were books of fiction with huns... Read morePublished on October 30, 2002 by J R Zullo
I really liked this book, and I find it somewhat upsetting that only a few years after it's release it is no longer in print. Read morePublished on April 28, 2001 by A. Holt
An interesting book, well-written, and the story line moved along well., but...
The introduction of so many unusual words and terms, necessitating constant reference to... Read more
Grundy has done what good historical fiction should always do--he has transported the reader back in time. Read morePublished on December 22, 1999 by Amazon Customer
After the multi-layered, archaeologically pretty accurate, beautifully written "Rhinegold', I was appalled to see that "Attila's treasure" is yet another warrior... Read morePublished on May 11, 1999