Part of the Gollancz S.F. series
It begins with the death of the last Roman and ends with the crowning of a king, the birth of a new order. As the centuries between these two events pass, as Britain emerges from the ruins of Roman rule to become a vibrant, rich power in its own right, as invasions ebb and flow and Kings rule and die, a single thread is spun and stretched. A prophecy found in the shadow of Hadrian's crumbling wall, a prophecy preserved by the monks at Lindisfarne.
A prophecy remembered, a prophecy handed down. A prophecy that speaks of the cross, of dragons from the north.
Of a new world and of a new empire. A prophecy fulfilled in one remarkable year: 1066. CONQUEROR is a fast moving historical thriller that casts a bright light onto a shadowy period of British history and brings it to vibrant life.
Steeped in blood and violence this was also a time of artistic endeavour, a time of nation building and law-giving. And it is a time of chance, where history can be shaped by the Weaver ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 12/07/2007
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780575081659
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Review by Pompeia
As a friend of ancient Rome, I read and liked the previous book of the series, the Emperor. In comparison, I must say that this book was something of a disappointment. This might be purely due to the fact that IMO, the medieval British Isles can't compete with ancient Rome. However, I also felt that the plot was crawling on very slowly, and since my primary interest in reading this book was to find out what happens next in the long term and not reading about the thoughts of some generic medieval monk or viking, I felt very bored at times.In short, I still want to know how it all ends and for that reason I will probably wade through the next volume, but now I will be more prepared for the tedium.