- Series: Heirs of Alexandria (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Baen; First Edition / First Printing edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451638744
- ISBN-13: 978-1451638745
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,329 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 Serrated Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular 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 a modern master of alternate history fiction, with over three million books in print. He’s 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” alternate Roman history series, and with David Weber collaborated on 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War. Flint was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author who lives on Flinders Island (between mainland Australia and Tasmania) with his wife, four dogs and four cats, and two sons. He has coauthored a range of novels with Eric Flint (Rats, Bats and Vats, The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, and Pyramid Power), with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint (The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres, Much Fall of Blood and Freer’s solo entry in the series, A Mankind Witch) as well as writing the Dragon’s Ring novels Dragon’s Ring and Dog and Dragon.
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I read some poor reviews and don't quite understand them. Yes this has a somewhat different voice, in that I think Dave Freer was the main contributor, but it continues in the same fine humanity as the rest of the series, and is a well written rousing tale of alternate history mixed with strong Fantasy indeed.
It continues in the conflict between the Venetians and the Black Brain in Poland and Hungary. This time it is centered on Benito Valdosta and the battle to take Constantinople and the Bosporus to contain the invaders in the Black Sea. It also follows the development of the relationship of the human world with the supernatural. Introducing some interesting new characters like Hecate the guardian of crossroads and gates. In Venice itself it deals with the agents of the demon trying to subvert the aims of the Venetians by increasing trade in the horribly addictive black lotos drug, and by kidnapping Benito's daughter to create a schism between Venice and it's allies to try to keep the Valdosta and the Venetians at home. And there's more: the Milnese, Carlos Sforza and his agent. And more. Fun stuff, all in all.
I don't think this series could ever be taken as a serious alternate history, like say Flint's Ring of Fire series, but more as just a fun read and a good story with lots of interesting and attractive characters in a historical, sort of, setting. All three of the authors are very good at creating sympathetic characters and nasty bad guys. I hope the series doesn't run out of gas anytime soon. I look forward to more.
Heirs of Alexandria is based on a magical alternate 15th century world that developed from events involving doctrine changes in the Christian Church and the resultant saving of the Great Library of Alexandria from burning. This continuation of the series has a somewhat different voice than previous books, but features many characters that I enjoyed. Also, some new characters such as Hekate and Antimo Bartelozzi are introduced. The books in this series tend to focus on events in different parts of this world during approximately the same time (such as Much Fall of Blood), so not a great deal of overall plot advancement is here. I liked it, but the other books were better.
It's a great conclusion but there are still plenty of threads leading to further adventure. The Black Brain isn't driven from this plane, Manfred isn't home, Eneko has potential for interest in Alexandria. Constantinople has to be ruled by someone.
It's a fine story in the Heirs of Alexandria tradition.
Brilliant characters with amazingly detailed history research even though it is an alternative history with a magical element, the story is detailed and engrossing without losing any of the threads.
Definitely a keeper and something to re-read later on.