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Attila (Attila the Hun, Book 1) (Attila Series) Paperback – February 2, 2010
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“If you think you don't like historical fiction, you haven't read William Napier.” ―The Times (UK)
“William Napier has a genius for making the blood-dimmed chaos of ancient history into the very stuff of thrilling narrative.” ―Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire
About the Author
William Napier is the pseudonym of a British author and journalist. As Napier, he is the author of the internationally bestselling Attila trilogy: Attila, Attila: The Gathering of the Storm, and Attila: The Judgment. He was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He lives in Wiltshire and travels widely.
Top Customer Reviews
I thought the book was well written, there is a lot of violence both to animals (which I flinched through) and humans (which is expected) but there isn't as much swearing as some other reviewers report. This is the beginning of a trilogy detailing Attila's life and I can't wait to get my hands on the next two installments. I really like how the first book is just about young Attila leaving the reader eager to add more to the story when the book is drawn to a close.
Attila is a slow-moving story. Napier takes his time and captures the essence of life in a world that was battling for land and religious dominance. And because Napier is such an incredible storyteller, I was more than happy to take that slow stroll along with him
Attila is unhappy in Rome, far from the open skies and grasslands of his home, and attempts escape at every opportunity. He is extremely proud of his heritage and very derisive of the Roman way of life, chafing at the constraints put upon him. While to the Romans Attila comes across as a troublesome child, we see right away that he is very serious and determined to make it back to his homeland. From the first he is a brilliant strategist, but is occasionally tripped up by the impulsiveness of his age and his pride.
Despite his dislike of all things Roman, Attila does come to respect and trust Stilicho, a Roman general, and his wife, viewing them as surrogate parents. They too feel deeply for the boy, but are no match for the intrigues of the court. Attila finds himself bereft of the only people he trusted, and at the mercy of the Emperor's paranoid sister, the true mind behind her ineffectual brother's rule, who has taken a complete dislike of him. Attila makes another unlikely friend in the Roman soldier Lucius, as they survive an ambush together. Attila ultimately does return home to the Huns, but faces unexpected challenges once there that continue to shape his personality and purpose.
I truly enjoyed this story, the character of Attila is single-minded in his purpose, and yet complex in his emotions.Read more ›
That said, I enjoyed this novel more than almost any I've read in the last year. It is an adventure novel and a real page turner. Someone is constantly trying to hurt or kill Attila and he is constantly escaping. It was hard for me to put down. I don't care whether it is factual. It just might have happened this way. And if not, it was a great story. It follows two major characters. Attila the Hun of course. And a Roman soldier born in Wales - shades of Arthur. Both characters are well developed.
If you want to read a novel of dark ages Rome and parts east, read this novel. If you want to read a novel containing lots of cavalry and infantry fights, read this novel. If you want to read a novel containing well developed characters and great colorful descriptions, read this novel. If you want to be bored, don't read this novel. This was a well written (albeit not especially factual) historical novel that I think anyone interested in that period (dark ages or late antiquity) would enjoy.
There is no written history of the Huns theirs was an oral tradition. He was a man of his times and he reacted to circumstances as he saw fit.
He was fighting for the survival and freedom of his people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives realistic description of the huns and their environment. The book itself was elaborately written to be thrilling and smartPublished 10 months ago by sm
A very good insight to how the "Huns" lived. An incredible story of one mans vision driven by hatred.Published 11 months ago by OWEN MCMAHON
Character development could have been done a bit further ...Hard to connect what made Attila the warrior he is from the boyPublished 13 months ago by Amal
Well researched , brings the characters to life. Easy to read
I enjoyed reading the first part as an ebook
Look forward to reading part 2 and 3. Read more