Attila: The Gathering of the Storm

Attila: The Gathering of the Storm

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by William Napier
     
 

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

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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 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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Publishers Weekly
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312598990
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Series:
Attila Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
405,841
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.96(d)

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