Dawn of Empire Paperback
by Sam Barone
Three thousand years before the birth of Christ. An epic conflict is about to begin. The price of victory? Civilization. The price of defeat, a return to the dark ages. The hopes of civilization rest on one man's shoulders: Eskkar, once a barbarian, now a warrior in charge of defending a small town which lies in the path of a vast barbarian war party.
The last time the invaders came to Orak, they spared no one and the tiny candle of trade and agriculture that had begun there, the first in all of human history, was extinguished.
But Eskkar and Trella, the beautiful slave girl he has been given by the grateful townsfolk, and the raggle-taggle army he has inherited are not going to flee.
They will fight against the overwhelming odds with foolhardy bravery, subtle ingenuity and the last drop of their blood.
On this tiny band the lathe of history will turn: victory or darkness?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 24/04/2008
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099498568
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Review by Gordopolis
The thing I loved about this book is that is both Epic in scale but also highly detailed. The author paints a vivid scene of despair and hopelessness, with the 'dirt-eaters' (the early farmers of bronze age mesopotamia) who live in rudimentary settlements, accepting their role as sword-fodder for the warbands who still roam the country hunting for food and pillaging for treasure. I felt engaged really quickly with the protagonist, Eskkar, as he struggled against his own demons and against the stubborn townsfolk who resisted his pleas to make a stand against the raiders. But Eskkar is not alone, he has a slave girl, Trella, who is as cunning and calm as Eskkar is bold and aggressive. The pair dovetail really nicely without ever coming across as infallible.The story builds neatly, taking you on the adventure and builds towards a hectic and unforgettable ending.A must for hist fic fans.