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I, the Sun by [Morris, Janet]
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"I, the Sun is a masterpiece of historical fiction.  It tells a great story while accurately creating the world of the Hittites and their best known emperor." -- Dr. Jerry Pournelle
"The author is familiar with every aspect of Hittite culture." -- O.R. Gurney, Hittite scholar and author of "The Hittites"
I, The Sun
By Janet Morris
Perseid Press (534 pages, October 27, 2014, $29.95 in trade paperback)
Cover art: The Seal of Suppiluliumas
     This masterpiece of historical fiction was based on the actual writings and historical records of Suppiluliumas I, the great Hittite king who dominated the Middle East around the 14th century, BC. He rebuilt the old capital of Hattusas, and from there exercised his Imperial Power over the Hittite heartland, controlling the lands between the Mediterranean and Euphrates. But he was not a king to sit back on his throne and pull the strings of his minions, advisers and subjects. No, he was hands-on, and long before he became king he made his way in the world, fighting and whoring and playing politics. His military career included dealing with the eastern kingdom of Mitanni, and regaining a solid grip on Syria. [...]
     In I, The Sun, Janet Morris weaves a brilliant, sprawling tapestry of events in the life of this great king of the ancient world, whom we first meet when he is known by his birth-name, Tasmisarri. This historical novel, cleverly written in first-person to stand as the official autobiography of Tasmisarri/Suppiluliumas, begins with the death of his father, the Great King Arnuwandas. Since Tasmi cannot sit the throne until his majority, his uncle Tuthaliyas inherits the crown. But so much can happen until Tasmi comes of age, and so, to keep his own brothers from killing each other -- and him, and thus seizing the throne, Tuthaliyas adopts Tasmi and makes him his heir. [...]
     From that moment on young Tasmi is [...] caught up in court intrigue, surrounded by enemies and sycophants, becomes embroiled in one military engagement after another, and grows to become a major player in the game of empires. [...]
     Janet Morris truly nails the history; the settings, traditions and customs of the various people in this part of the ancient world, the very grandeur of their era ring true with the vivid poetry of her writing. This is a well-executed and thought-provoking historical novel, filled with character drama, romance, tragedy, action, plot and counter-plot. There is a certain power that comes through while reading this novel, a power derived from knowing that this is real life as it was lived nearly 2000 years before Christ, told to us by a master of storytelling and history. -- Black Gate

From the Author

Writing the biographical novel "I, the Sun" was one of my greatest challenges and joys. When I read the first-person annals written by this king, he spoke to me like no other.  I engaged Calvert Watkins, then at Harvard, as my consultant and delved into every aspect of Suppiluliumas' life and times.  My greatest satisfaction, once the work was done and sold to a publisher, came in a letter from ORM Gurney, who remarked to my then-publisher, Bantam, that "The author must be a student of Gutterbock's.  She is familiar with every aspect of Hittite culture."
This book brought me more than a challenge in scholarship.  Suppiluliumas was a brilliant leader, strategist, tactician; a passionate lover who fathered more than 40 "kings." His story is one of a real hero.  He brought the ancient world to life for me, and I hope he does the same for you.
Living for years with Suppiluliumas in my head yielded other unexpected pleasures:  once done with his book, I missed him and his world so greatly I created Tempus and the Sacred Band of Stepsons, my favorite fantasy character and series.  So my Hittite king started me on the road where I later found more heroism, loyalty, courage and passion, if of a rarefied kind.  What I learned from Suppiluliumas taught me lessons that served me well in the political snake-pits of Washington and when dealing with the military.  I will forever be grateful to him for speaking to me across the centuries, always direct, but always inspiring me to risk more, do more, be more.  On the cover of this edition of "I, the Sun" is Suppiluliumas' seal.  I find that fitting.  -- jem

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  • File Size: 2454 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991465458
  • Publisher: Perseid Press (April 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLH393U
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