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The Sacred Band (Sacred Band of Stepsons) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Morris , Chris Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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The Sacred Band of Thebes lives on, a world away, in this mythic epic of love in war in ancient times. In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, Tempus and his Stepson cavalry rescue twenty three pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired brothers and lovers, to fight on other days. These forty-six Thebans, whose bones will never lie in the mass grave that holds their two hundred and fifty-four brothers, join with the immortalized Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons, consummate ancient cavalry fighters, to make new lives in a faraway land and fight the battle of their dreams where gods walk the earth, ghosts take the field, and the angry Fates demand their due.

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From The Sacred Band review on Black Gate:
The Sacred Band has the sharp edge of reality, the harshness, the bitterness and the danger of the real world. Love, loyalty, honor--these are the ideals by which these characters live and die. This novel is epic in scope. It is mythic by heritage. It is positively Homeric. This is a 5-Star novel written by two highly-talented writers. Buy it. Read it. You'll see.

About the Author

Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics. Author and composer Chris Morris began writing music in 1966, fiction in 1984, and nonfiction in 1989. Much of his fiction and nonfiction literary work, including all of his book-length science fiction and fantasy, has been written in collaboration with his wife Janet Morris. He has contributed short fiction to the best selling series Thieves' World and Heroes in Hell.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 572 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061535999X
  • Publisher: Paradise Publishing (June 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FMUU1Y
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want to put it down. November 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had read the Thieves' World anthologies in the 1980's and some of the novels. I had just recently finished the Beyond novels before reading The Sacred Band. Even though I missed a story or two between these novels, it was not a problem to read The Sacred Band. I was amazed how when reading The Sacred Band, the writing style or voice of the author so matched the way the Beyond novels I had just read which also matches my recollection of the tone in short stories too. I was worried that it wouldn't since it had been about ten years between the writing of the Beyond novels to The Sacred Band as well as the cover looking so different as if maybe the Stepsons had been reimaged. They have not and that's great. It's a reflection of the authors' inclusion of the Sacred Band of Thebes in their story.

Reading this book was interesting because the authors kept pushing the story so I never wanted to put it down. That's why I feel inclined to write a review--in case any of what I'm saying helps you to decide to buy this book. If you read Thieves' World before and liked it, you ought to enjoy this book. If you've never read Thieve's World before and you like fantasy and are bored of the typical boy-becomes-a-man-while-saving-the-world-from-evil stories, then here is a story with love and hate, loyalty and betryal, gods and monsters, magic and faith, balance and imbalance. So the story isn't about one thing and like I said, I didn't want to put it down. At about 600 pages, I felt I had some meat to sink my reading teeth into which I like to do. I enjoyed chewing all the way to the end where there was no gristle or fat. Yes, as another reviewer noted, the authors use some words that I'm not familiar with but that is a good thing. [Psst, "avatar" isn't a name.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Sacred Band by Janet Morris May 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The author(s) of The Sacred Band create a vibrant, real world that sweeps you into its grasp and drags you along, kicking and screaming into a dark world where the only wrong action is inaction—and that just gets you killed (or worse)—and dishonor is measured by the severing of bonds formed between warriors, destined to die.

Whether it is the numerous combat sequences, or the on-going, heartrending conflict between the various characters, their Gods and their world, this book is filled with such immediate need that you are compelled to react to their circumstances. In your mind, you cannot help but take up sword and spear, call out commands or warnings or lamentations and participate as one of the Band in the story itself. Like an intensely contested sporting event, I found it so riveting that I was not above screaming at the characters when their decisions took them into harm’s way and mumbling curses to myself when they made self-serving decisions that threatened both their comrades, and the precarious balance necessary for the survival of the world itself. Anxiety levels were often high, my breathing and heart rate impacted as conflict reached crescendo over and over again, climbing higher each time until its climax when I could finally relax—or so I thought.

The characters in the book have deep flaws, needs, desires and vices that feel real, and force the reader to relate to them on a human level. Much as we often search for the underlying reasons for that may explain why soldiers may commit terrible acts in war, the reader finds him/herself seeking to understand the hard, and often violently unforgiving decisions made by the Riddler as he leads the Band on and challenges fate itself.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Reading Experience January 13, 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At 600 pages, this epic story is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who venture into the fantastic world of ancient gods, wars and battles, “The Sacred Band” is immensely rewarding. The writing style is meant to pace the reader, but by doing so, I found that the images of people and events were deeply impressed on my mind, particularly the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, which is the central theme of this story. For those familiar with classic history, this Fantasy version would be particularly exciting, but even for those of us who just like to enjoy a good book, The Sacred Band won’t disappoint. The writing style epitomizes true literature of high quality, making it a very rewarding reading experience on its own merit, regardless of historic basis or the fantasy genre.
The ancient world relied heavily on its belief in gods and how those gods controlled or interacted with mortal man, and this makes an excellent platform for a special kind of Fantasy novel. The characters, gods, avatar of gods, and other beings in between the heavenly and earthly realm are gradually introduced and developed, and near the end of the book I found myself feeling well acquainted and even fond of the main characters; Tempus, Niko, Strat, Crit, the Theban goddess Harmony, among others, and was anxious to read the outcome of the climactic battle, hoping they would all survive unscathed. Getting involved with the characters, their lives and destinies in such a way is always a sign of a good story and a well-written book, and for me personally, “The Sacred Band” has made a part of obscure history come to life in my mind and thereby also changed my perception of this part of history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read Thieves' World before and liked it, you ought to enjoy...
I couldn't put it down!!! Because the authors kept dragging you along the dark world of actions. If you read Thieves' World before and liked it, you ought to enjoy this book... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ericka Santana
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
THE SACRED BAND demonstrates wonderful classic literature, filled with honor, love and war. Both interesting and intriguing, the detailed and rich narrative, transports you into... Read more
Published 24 days ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!
I got completely swept up in the story, the rest of the world just faded away. I haven't yet but I know I'll reread it soon and am looking forward to reading the second one.
Published 28 days ago by Booklover of all kinds
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Warriors Ride Again
"The Sacred Band", by Janet Morris, is an exceptionally well-told story. Set magnificently "on, a world away", this mythic novel of love in war in ancient times... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended - An Epic 5*****
The Sacred Band by Janet Morris & Chris Morris

Without doubt, a magnificent read of epic proportion filling the pages of this stunning work presented by these two... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SACRED BAND
They once again prove they can bring you into their world... Tempus and his band enter Sanctuary again , This time with a new Sacred band saved from another time.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Morgan Walczak
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythical
A lovely mythic epic of love in war set in ancient times. This is a beautiful story, mixing history and myth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anna Othitis
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking EPIC FANTASY TALE
This was a breathtaking, epic fantasy tale. This book was so perfectly written, the details are so intricate it places you back in 338 BCE where the Tempus and his Sacred Band of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Al-Khemet Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
I really liked this book enough to give it 5 stars. I was transported into another world. It really has it all: history, conflicts between mortals and immortals, legends, gods,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Love To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Book
This is a meaty book and my slugs and I love meaty things... We could really get our teeth into this and devour the rich content as it contained all things that we love most - war,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Zapple
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