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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 reat films too and I hope that the series will continue Luke Magoris has moved from Mistra *to venice to oversee the magoris bank but *Venice to oversee the Magoris Bank but he dies in mysterious circumstances his randson Siward has to take over the ailing bank The Profitable Trading Company profitable trading company been left to Luke s missing randson 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 Constantinople family 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
on Eastern Europe and between the Turkish Empire and the remnants of the old Orthodox church This book has all the elects of a The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, good action novel but with a hefty dose of politics and a little heavy handed romance Heneage is a strong story teller and whilst characters are lightly drawn there is enough to make it a deeper book than might otherwise be expected It would be unfair to call this bubblegum literature but it s not literary 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 lacks the pretension to be anything than it is which is an 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 already know and on these occasions it s faintly reminiscent of the dreadful Mongoliad But it s not enough to spoil the enjoyment Maps are provided which many readers will find invaluable but the character list has a major flaw in the the death dates areiven for historical figures That s a big spoiler Inverloch Volume 4 given that one of them is a central character who only dies in the penultimate chapter ReviewI always think when i 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 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 is linked with his cousin the legitimate son of a legitimate son Giovanni and his son are both illegitimate and Giovanni is exiled because of his son The son is saved by hisrandfather s self exile and sent to Bulgaria with his sword by which he is later 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. Destiny inheritance the world shifting from east to west This is an epic novel set in an age of dramatic changeSiward scion of a reat dynasty commands the Varangian Guard and has vowed to defend the Roman Empire to the las. It would be a reat movie It has battles for survival fall of the defence of and decline of some cities In the story we o 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 row up in a world without the Roman Empire He ll know that we three were in Constantinople when Rome fell when the world changed forever I hope he ll 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 et into my flow this book is marketed as a potential stand 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 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 # the story of two men and the woman who is loved by both of themFor the full review please see my blog Reading this made me think that I wanted to see it as a movie A Ridley Scott movie I so miss his epic historicals I need some fighting walls tumbling and cities taken it would work reat 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 The Horse in Celtic Culture great at it He loves being a soldier And I liked him But pooruy inherits a bank in Venice and must leave all that The Eastern Church needs money Venice does play a big roll in this book With it s secrets alluring courtesans as he will find out when we meet the POV of Violetta who does what she wants no man can stop her and conspiracies Venice is a snake pit to be honest A beautiful cesspool The other big POV is that of Makkim a eneral of the Ottoman Empire And they are set on taking Constantinople The big fight is coming But At The End First at the end First chess board needs to be set Plans made and intrigues unfold Makkim well he was devout to his emperor even though the second uy had major flaws He had been indoctrinated and devout to his emperor even though the second Every Boys Dream guy had major flaws He had been indoctrinated and a true muslim and could not really see any other points of views at first He might have been aeneral but he was still a slave as a janissaryIt was interesting Starflight Zero getting the povs from both sides and knowing history well I knew what would happen in the endI must mention Violetta again She has a POV too somewhat smaller but still as big as these twouys I liked how free she was even if she stuck in a A Succession of Bad Days golden cage in a way too even if she did not see it that way Being a courtesan didive her respect and being able to move between worlds And hey I always like when there is a bit of romance slowly The Multi-Orgasmic Man growingAreat book that had me hooked I needed to know that everyone was oing to be all right The battle of Constantinople was coming and they would obviously all be there At the end there was a few notes from the author. 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I did not know that Siward s randfather had a trilogy of #His Own Sounds Good # own Sounds The Beast House / After Midnight good I really want to read a book about Henry the Navigator Thatuy sounds really interestingGreat historical set at an interesting time in History I Have Read The I have read the 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 Off Leash (Freelance Familiars Book 1) good book and I understand why James Henneage might have decided to wrap up the events of the Fall of Constantinople in a rather urgent manner Most likely 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 toloss over 33 years rankled a bit with meI was looking forward to a epic series that would at least cover other major events of the early 15th Century eastern Europe like the Hussite Wars and of what was happening in Hungary and Romania But I digressJames has chosen to draw the series to it s conclusion earlier although there 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 I Walk in Dread 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 littlerey 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 life via historical fiction It is a The Life You Save 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 excellentAood 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 ets bogged down with details is a little too convenient and some of the decisions and actions of the main characters were a little forced Also there are too many lines that are so unlikely to be uttered without the help of historical hindsight they could somehow spoil the fun These are supposed to be living in the middle of the fifteenth century as the Roman Empire was about to fall and they are talking with the knowledge of world history after Rome Sure these people were already looking 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 little too cheesy but for those who are not bothered by historical authenticity this is a sheer fun. E same womanTheir vast inheritance lies in Venice as does the famous courtesan they both love She is the reason they will find themselves fighting on the walls of Constantinople in one of the most dramatic sieges in history.