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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133514
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Bardic Voices series and the SERRted Edge series (both baen), The Heralds of Valdemar series (DAW,) and many more. She was one of the first writers to have an online newsgroup devoted to her writing. Among her populat Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and The Shadow of the Lion (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer). She lives in Oklahoma.

Eric Flint is the author/creator of the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. With David Drake he has written six popular novels in the Belisarius series, including the new novel The Dance of Time, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633, and 1634: The Baltic War, two novels in the Ring of Fire series, and on Crown of Slaves, a best of the year pick by Publishers Weekly. Flint recevied his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for amny years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IL, with his wife and is working on more books in the best-selling Ring of Fire series.

Dave Freer  is an ichthyologist turned author living in a remote part of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with his wife and chief proof-reader, Barbara, four dogs and four cats, and two sons. Paddy and James. His first book-The Forlorn (Baen)-came out in 1999. Since then he has co-authored with

Eric Flint (Rats, Bats, and Vats, The Rats, The Bats, and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, Pyramid Power) and, with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint ( The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres) as well as writing another solo novel in that series, A mankind Witch, and various shorter works. Besides working as a fisheries scientist for the Western Cape shark fishery he has worked as a commerical driver, and as a relief chef at several luxury game lodges.

 

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Lackey always has a good story line, Flint adds humor and Freer adds romance.
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As the book goes along we follow different points of views - all of which advances the story in a way that would be difficult to do in any other way.
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The series is highly recommended for anyone who loves epic fantasy, or alternate history.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
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This is the third book in the Heirs of Alexandria series, a continuation of the alternate-history fantasy begun in The Shadow of the Lion (2001) and This Rough Magic(2005). Written by the Mistress of Fantasy- Mercedes Lackey and one of the Masters of Alternate History- Eric Flint, along with his co-author Dave Freer.

This book is a worthy sequel, none of that "sequel-itis" that too often sets in. The story is just as vast and absorbing- Lackey, Flint and Freer continue the fantastic weaving of characters that they started- a tapestry of political intrigue, love, vengeance and blackest magic.

This fantasy world is set in a well researched and lushly written alternate history that broke off from ours in A.D. 349 (when the Alexandrian Library was saved), Christian magic and song battles blackest sorcery. We have of course the great and well written villains-sadistic King Emeric of Hungary and Elizabeth, Countess Bartholdy, who is bathed into eternal youth by gallons of virgins' blood.

The action starts in 1540, and never stops. This third book also brings in a fascinating historical-fantasy of Prince Vlad, who is both drawn to and afraid of the blood magic that is such a large part of this series.

But this is a very silly review. What am I doing? If you have already read the first two, of course you already have this book on pre-order or at least your Wish List. If you haven't read the first two, and you're a Mercedes Lackey and/or a David Flint fan- then buy The Shadow of the Lion, right now! Note- Ms. Lackey says the three books are supposed to be able to "stand on their own" and I think she's right. But why would you want to deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading all three in order?

Anyway, a great read. If you like these authors or this sort of book- buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wizardbear on February 20, 2011
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It's nice to see a different take on Vlad. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so we'll just say Hero, not Evil. I've felt that I really get my money's worth out of this series, and hope to see many more.

For those people who like Ebooks and may not know, there is an Ebook version of this book, including kindle, DRM free, available from Baen books. [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on April 29, 2011
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very good read not much to add from the other 2 reviews (yay for a much needed happy ending for a certain charater) and i will say that there is very minor mention of marco and really benito isnt in it much either but i should think they managed to open up enough story possibilities for even more books to come (i hope).
I do want to mention however, an annoyance with this book that is minor for me though might be worse for others,(though it got more annoying as there werent just a few) there are TONS of errors in the book as far as duplicate words, words in the wrong order, wrong word all together. nothing was so bad that you couldnt figure out what was supposed to be ment but it did at times impede the flow at its worst. I have never read a book that was that badly checked for errors. I do wonder if this is just an issue with the mass market edition?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 17, 2010
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Many alternate histories deal with just one country and it can be tiring to read yet another about England or Ireland or maybe Italy. I really enjoyed reading the wider range of this book, even though the demon possessed ruler Jagiellon was Lithuanian, which is where my ancestors are from. Many of the other reviews go into the story so I will say that it's mostly the characters that make this book, both male AND hooray! female. There is much humor and genuine feeling in the characterizations, so that one really cares about the characters and what happens to them. Vlad, grandson of Drac - the Impaler, his sister Dana, Erik the Vinlander, Manfred, heir to the Holy Roman Emperor, Bortai, the granddaughter of the great Khan, David, the young thief from Jerusalem, all took my interest, that I turned the pages eagerly to see what happened to them. The chapters and sections of chapters jumped around from character to character, sometimes country to country, from evil to goodness; from Mongol to Hungarian to Venetian to Croat to Lithuanian to Illyrian. They all have a wild ride being misled by black magic and conspiracies. Hopefully there is more to come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2011
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The Byzantine Empire shuts down the trading route between the Mediterranean and the east by closing the Dardanelles. Golden Horde leader Jagiellon invites the western states to use a Roman land route. Accepting the invitation, Prince Manfred with his bodyguard Eric of Iceland leads diplomats from the Holy Roman Empire and the Venetian city-state to meet the Golden Horde leader. On the trip they encounter exiled Khan Mongol and his warrior sister Bortai.

Countess Elizabeth Bathody pretends to befriend Prince Vlad of Valhalia after liberating him from his incarceration by King Emeric of Hungary. However, when the opportunity is right, she plans to use his blood to enhance her already vigorous demonic power and as bait to capture the inhuman beasts lurking nearby. Instead these werewolves enable Vlad to escape from the malevolent female who he rejects as evil. Vlad and his dragoons unite with Manfred and his Knights of the Holy Trinity, and Bortai and her Mongol horde to fight Jagiellon and his Golden Horde; while immoral Hungarian King Emeric and his magical forces wait to take out the winner. The demon god Chernobog encourages deadly chaos with the only hope for Manfred and his allies rests with blood magic that Vlad fears though is enticed.

The third Heirs of Alexandria alternate historical fantasy (see The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic) is a terrific entry as humor and romance enhance the magic and military prime themes. The story line is fast-paced with multiple subplots that deftly come together over the course of the tale although to much good luck happenchance on the hero's side as the continent seems very small detracts from an overall fine entry in a wonderful saga.

Harriet Klausner
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