- Hardcover: 768 pages
- Publisher: Baen (September 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416508996
- ISBN-13: 978-1416508991
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Time of Troubles II (Bk. 2) Hardcover – September 6, 2005
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After years of misrule, Maniakes, son of Maniakes, led a revolt against the usurper and was crowned as the Avtokrator of the Videssian Empire. Then Maniakes had to fight against the Marukaner King of Kings that he had helped to restore to his throne. Unfortunately, the Videssian army was understrength and had lost its confidence after continuous losses against the Makurans.
Avtokrator Maniakes concentrated on the Kubratoi, using the hammer and anvil technique against the nomads with great success. Then Maniakes started landing troops on the coast of the westlands to hit the Makuraner troops and flee back to the ships. The Videssian troops regained their confidence during these operations.
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