Attila: The Gathering of the Storm

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AD 441: The Roman Empire, though bruised and battered, is far from defeated. Though her coffers are empty, the Visigoths and the Vandals are settling peacefully within her borders, no longer enemies. It is another tribe that will bring down this thousand-year-old colussus: a tribe from far to the East - united under one leader for the first time. For Attila has returned...

In exile, he has wandered for thirty years with his anger and ambition growing day by day. Now he has ...

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Overview

AD 441: The Roman Empire, though bruised and battered, is far from defeated. Though her coffers are empty, the Visigoths and the Vandals are settling peacefully within her borders, no longer enemies. It is another tribe that will bring down this thousand-year-old colussus: a tribe from far to the East - united under one leader for the first time. For Attila has returned...

In exile, he has wandered for thirty years with his anger and ambition growing day by day. Now he has returned to seize the throne. He will bring together all the Hunnish clans across the vast wilderness of Scythia, and hammer them into a single mightly army. Only then will he finally turn to face the tottering Roman Empire.

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The pseudonymous Napier continues his excellent portrayal of Attila's turbulent life in this second installment to his trilogy (after Attila). The colorful story is told by a Roman scribe, Priscus of Panium, and begins in 441 A.D. as Attila returns to claim the Hun throne after 30 years in exile. Attila, bitter and full of hatred for Rome (and pretty much everybody else), is determined to destroy the Roman and Chinese empires, and the book is rife with Attila's bloody machinations as he murders his rivals, slaughters enemy armies, and uses guile and deception to amass allies. Napier also smartly tells of events on the Roman side as conspiracies and rivalries split the Roman empire, and Aëtius, an out-of-favor Roman general, is tasked with saving Rome from the Hun invaders. The hitch: Aëtius and Attila are old friends from their exile days. Alliances, betrayal, assassination, gory battles, torture, and cruelty mark this blood-soaked historical, and Napier describes it all vividly and with sword-pounding impact. (June)
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“Alliances, betrayal, assassination, gory battles, torture and cruelty mark this blood-soaked historical, and Napier describes it all vividly and with sword-pounding impact.”

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"If you think you don't like historical fiction, you haven't read William Napier." —The Times (UK)

"A rattling good yarn...Napier tells a great story...I couldn't put it down." —Big Issue (UK)

"A gripping novel." —Daily Mail (UK)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312598990
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 339,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

William Napier is the pseudonym of a British author and journalist. As Napier, he is the author of the internationally bestselling Attila trilogy: Attila, Attila: The Gathering of the Storm, and Attila: The Judgment. He was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He lives in Wiltshire and travels widely.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    Good read,this is the 2nd book of the trilogy and I thought books 1 & 3 were better.I thought the book was a slower read than the other two books but to complete the trilogy its a must read. If you enjoy this historical time period the trilogy would be on my must read list.

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