Aristotles Rhetoric lAnd his son are both illegitimate and Giovanni is exiled because of his son The son is saved by his grandfather s self exile and sent to Bulgaria with his sword by which he isater to be recognised by his father The story is exciting full of places stories and even some intrigue As somebody else said I agree that it would be a great movie It has battles for survival fall of the defence of and decline of some cities In the story we go from Hungaria to Venice from Constantinople to Portugal It is happening at the important time in history and in a changing world Our son will grow up in a world without the Roman Empire #He l know that we three were in Constantinople when Rome # ll know that we three were in Constantinople when Rome when the world changed forever I hope he l make sense of it The world is changing in front of the character s eyes Rome is a piece of history and the West is becoming and important as Siward and his mentor realise when he sends Siward to search salvation for the bank in the West not East Roman Empire is finished and it is time for other Empires to emerge with the help of science and most importantly new maps to show them new trading routesI received the copy on Netgalley A word of warning before I get into my flow this book is marketed as a potential of warning before I get into my flow this book is marketed as a potential alone novel but it will make much sense if you have read the previous three books in the Mistra Chronicles Rise of Empires series I have not read these and conseuently found myself floundering at first Once I found my feet however I thought there was much to enjoy in this novel which takes us into rarely mined historical fiction territory Novels set in the 15th century rarely make it further east than Venice and indeed we do spend some time in Venice here But much of the novel unfolds at Monemvasia and Mistra in the Peloponnese two tiny outposts of the fading Byzantine Empire standing proud against the Charting an Empire looming armies of the Ottoman Turks The true decline and fall of the Roman Empire is at hand and it will be bound up with the story of two courageous men and the woman who isoved by both of themFor the full review please see my blog Reading *this made me think that I wanted to see it as a *made me think that I wanted to see it as a A Ridley Scott movie I so miss his epic historicals I need some fighting walls tumbling and cities taken it would work great for that Drums beating and ok enough blood thirst from me nowThe book is about two men two cousins on opposite sides of a never ending battle Siward is a Varangian and is great at it He Colored Property loves being a soldier And Iiked him But poo I have read the trilogy prior to this book so may have a slightly different perspective to the many who have read it as a stand alone book I write this from the perspective of someone who was anticipating a seven eight book series spanning the fall of the Byzantine Empire from 1395 to 1460 when Mistra fell to the Turks I believe that was the original intention of the authorIt was a good book and I understand why James Henneage might have decided to wrap up the events of. T Makkim renowned general to Ottoman rule has vowed to destroy itThey are enemies in war but unknown to them they are also rivals to inherit one of Europe's greatest fortunes Even worse they are competing for the ove of th. .
The Fall of Constantinople in a rather urgent manner Most ikely he felt the prospect of writing another four books daunting for a topic he felt he could not fully commit himself toI really enjoyed the relatively slow burn and breadth of scope the prior trilogy paid to historical events Each of the three books focused on just a few years of events between 2 and 7 so for the fourth book to gloss over 33 years rankled a bit with meI was The Exiles Gallery looking forward to a epic series that would ateast cover other major events of the early 15th Century eastern Europe ike the Hussite Wars and of what was happening in Hungary and Romania But I digressJames has chosen to draw the series it s conclusion earlier although is potential for books in the series And for that decision he has done wellIt s a fairly intriguing story although predictable and rather cut copy involving complicated family ties and betrayals etc etc Due to the huge time span of this novel he has had to rebuild a new generation of characters in the space of one novel so the characters aren t particularly deep or nuance very much falling into the same personality of their forebears from the prior trilogy rather black and white heroes and villains with ittle grey in betweenI am a huge fan of this time period in this part of the world so welcome any attempt to popularise it and bring it to Childerley life via historical fiction It is a good book in it s own right however I feel that James is better at writing about history than he is at writing fiction The historical notes at the back are excellentA good book of fairly run of the mill familial estrangement political intrigue and heroic adventure that has done a decent job of covering 33 years of history in this exciting time periodI hope James continues the series but chooses to slow the pace to maybe just cover the next 7 years until 1460 in the next novel Yes this is a page turner and it was a really entertaining read It mixes historical facts and fictional characters really well However the story though fast paced and nevr gets bogged down with details is aittle too convenient and some of the decisions and actions of the main characters were a ittle forced Also there are
Too Many Lines That Aremany ines that are unlikely to be uttered without the help of historical hindsight they could somehow spoil the fun These are supposed to be iving in the middle Of The Fifteenth Century As The Roman the fifteenth century as the Roman was about to fall and they are talking with the knowledge of world history after Rome Sure these people were already ooking at elsewhere other than the old world of Rome and the Turks otherwise people would have been defending Constantinople but exactly where Like today we talk about the waning influence of the USA but do we have any concrete idea what will be happening in fifty or a hundread years time For anyone with real knowledge of history this novel is a Cop Knowledge little too cheesy but for those who are not bothered by historical authenticity this is a sheer fun. E same womanTheir vast inheritanceies in Venice as does the famous courtesan they both ove She is the reason they will find themselves fighting on the walls of Constantinople in one of the most dramatic sieges in history. I have really enjoyed this series of books They cover such an important part of European history of which we in the UK are sadly ignorant being obsessed by the Tudors and the World Wars to the exclusion of all elseI agree with others that they would make great films too and I hope that the series will continue Luke Magoris has moved from Mistra to Venice to oversee the Magoris Bank but when he dies in mysterious circumstances his grandson Siward has to take over the ailing bank The profitable trading company has been eft to Luke s missing grandson child of Giovanni and the beautiful Cleope but when it is discovered that he is actually one of the Sultan s chief Janissaries and that
THE ISLAMIC FORCES ARE TARGETING CONSTANTINOPLEIslamic forces are targeting Constantinople honour and the soul of the Roman Empire all combineThis is the fourth in Heneage s series about the Varangian Guard and the decline and fall of the Roman Empire based in Constantinople I enjoyed the third book in the series and wanted to read simply because the setting is unusual There are many historical novels set in Western Europe covering the 15th16th centuries but this is the first that I have read focused on Eastern Europe and war between the Turkish Empire and the remnants of the old Orthodox church This book has all the elects of a good action novel but with a hefty dose of politics and a Class and Conformity little heavy handed romance Heneage is a strong story teller and whilst characters areightly drawn there is enough to make it a deeper book than might otherwise be expected It would be unfair to call this bubblegum Descartes and His Contemporaries literature but it s notiterary fiction either It deserves four stars because I rattled through it in five days and enjoyed the experience What could you want It succeeds at what it tries to do and acks the pretension to be anything than it is which is to do and acks the pretension to be anything than it is which is adventure story set in history Heneage stays true to the events surrounding the fall of Constantinople in 1453 while deftly mixing historical characters and fictional ones Mehmet and Minotto come out much worse than their historical selves but the need for villains makes this forgivable Some of the dialogue is a bit clunky at times with
characters explaining to each other things that they alre ReviewI always think whenexplaining to each other things that they alre ReviewI always think when pick up a book by James Heneage that i m about to embark on an epic and as such need to slow down my expectations wade through a slow burn of meticulous detail but ultimately come out the other end educated I m not sure if its the name or the fantastically intricate covers its just an instinctive feeling Yet nothing could be further from the truth all the books especially this Education and Equality latest one are fast paced action packed and full of passion for the subject at handFull review The book has a fast pace from the beginning We follow two main characters one of which is supposed to be dead However unlike his parents we know from the beginning that he is alive His fate isinked with his cousin the Deceptive Beauties legitimate son of aegitimate son Giovanni. Destiny inheritance the world shifting from east to west This is an epic novel set in an age of dramatic changeSiward scion of a great dynasty commands the Varangian Guard and has vowed to defend the Roman Empire to the as. .