Every person brought into his presence must prostrate themselves before him, their faces in the dust.
Cyrus is now determined to make Artaxerxes pay. He will seize the throne and he will do it at the head of a mercenary army of 10, Greeks, at the core of which will be his Spartans, the most feared and resolute of all warriors. After several books in which Conn Iggulden brought the Middle Ages and the Anglo-Saxon world to life, with his brilliant Wars of the Roses series followed by a novel on Saint Dunstan, this superb author now returns to the ancient world. The Falcon of Sparta is a triumph.
I can even go so far as to say that it is the finest book that Conn Iggulden has written, which is quite a thing to say considering the quality of the books that he has given us over the years. He understands what drives them.
He takes us to the heart of the matter and wraps it up in tension, drama and the fiercest of action. He is a master storyteller and we see this at its very best in The Falcon of Sparta. This is because so much happens that is shocking and so engrossing. If you go into it not knowing what happens then you will be all the more spellbound by it.
So much is invested in these characters, especially Prince Cyrus, his Spartan general Clearchus, and Tissaphernes. What these characters all go through is incredible.
The nobility of the Spartans is actually quite frightening in its ruthlessness but Clearchus in particular is almost superhuman in his dedication to what drives him on. Men fell to the ground and were trampled underfoot. I could not see what was happening on either side, but the men closest to me were being pushed back. The Spartans could not hold their line. Even a blind man could have seen it.cesbullpasstempge.tk
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Skip to content Menu Useless Book Club J S Malpas — self-published author, reviewer of popular novels and creator of original short stories. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Then we put our case to the remaining men. We said they would all have the chance to show their courage soon enough.
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We pointed out that this Advance Guard was in effect your personal guard, and that it was only right that the men closest to you be allowed to serve in it. But nor will we let you face your death alone. Alkander did not answer directly; he just shook his head. I am your king! He had foreseen this reaction and was prepared with his arguments. It took a moment for Leonidas to get sufficient control of his emotions to be sure he could speak.
The best part of my life I was no more and no less than a Spartan Peer. Posted by Helena P. Schrader at 1. No comments:.
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