- Series: Heirs of Alexandria (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 944 pages
- Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780743499095
- ISBN-13: 978-0743499095
- ASIN: 0743499093
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,408,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the "Bardic Voices" series (Baen), the "Heralds of Valdemar" series (DAW), and many more. She even has her own fan club with over 1,000 members. Her books routinely rise to the top of the genre bestseller lists and become book club selections.
Eric Flint is a gifted new star of military SF. His major alternate-history novel, 1632, sold out its hardcover edition almost immediately. With David Drake he has collaborated on five novels in the popular "Belisarius" series.
Dave Freer, author of The Forlorn (Baen) and of many articles in scientific journals, is an expert on sharks, an accomplished rock-climber, and was an unwilling conscript in the "undeclared" South African-Angolan war.
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Others will give you book reports and synopsis. I tell you this book, and the others in the series, will take you to strange places that will hauntingly remind you of people and places you met in history classes, or perhaps English Lit, or geography or mythology. If you are very fortunate it will be like revisiting beloved dreams.
I liked this book enough to buy it, and the rest of the series, twice. This way I have the original paperbacks and the new ebooks at my fingertips.
Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer are a perfectly matched writing trio...and a tripod is the strongest seat. They seamlessly craft this rich, colorful, and highly complex story, filled with historical in-jokes (Eneko Lopez and his friends are the original seven members of the Jesuit order) and even a few Baen Barfly in-jokes ("It was enough to give Erik the mutters.")
Even the little, passing-through characters are very vividly realized, and are real people, not spearcarriers. Spiro, the Corfiote fisherman, for example, and his buddy, Taki the fisher captain, are human beings caught in the flash of the story's eye.
I'm halfway through my third read of this book, and it is holding my attention so well that I have been sneaking off to read another couple of pages all day long.
This is what alternate worlds fantasy should be. Kim Stanley Robinson, Harry Turtledove, and other practitioners, please take note. This is the reigning champion of the field.