Attila : The Scourge of God Paperback
Part of the Attila series
A stunning historical novel - the first in an epic trilogy about the rise and fall of one of history's greatest villains. The dawn of the fifth century AD, and the Roman Empire totters on the edge of the abyss.
Already divided into two, the Imperium is looking dangerously vulnerable to her European rivals.
The huge barbarian tribes of the Vandals and Visigoths sense that their time is upon them.
But, unbeknown to all of these great players, a new power is rising in the East.
A strange nation of primitive horse warriors has been striking terror upon border peoples for fifty years.
But few realise what is about to happen. For these so called 'Huns' now have a new leader. His name is Attila - 'the Scourge of God'. Thus begins a saga of warfare, lust and power which brings the whole of the Christian world to its knees - and ends in blood on the fields of France.
It is a story of two men: Attila the Hun and Aetius the Roman.
One who wanted to destroy the world, and one who fought one final battle to save it...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, map
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 03/07/2006
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780752877877
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Review by daniel.links
A quick and interesting tale, I would certainly read the subsequent books in the series if I came across them but haven't hunted them out. The scope of the story is wide, from Saxon-ravaged England to imperial Rome and Ravenna, to the plains of Eastern Europe. Taught me some things about Attila and the Huns that I didn't know as well.A good read.
Review by Neilsantos
Three stars. It would have been four, but see below. Napier is a talented storyteller, making his characters personable and approachable making for an easy fun read. He does tend to modernize them, attributing current day emotional responses to primitive and barbaric peoples (including the Romans). There are two seperate story threads going on , the one over Attila is fairly obvious, but the thread and character of the British legionary is so far, totally unnecessary. As is the mysticism. I wonder if Napier really wanted to write a fantasy novel rather than historic fiction. The combined effect of that cost a star.I will continue the series, it's just not quite something I would recommend to others.