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Krispos Rising (Krispos Series #1)

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Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep.

Driven by crushing taxes from the farm where his family had lived -- and died -- Krispos had come to the. city seeking what fortune a good mind and a strong back could earn. He had a single goldpiece to his name -- the gift, years past, of a nomad chieftain to a ragged peasant ...

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Overview

Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep.

Driven by crushing taxes from the farm where his family had lived -- and died -- Krispos had come to the. city seeking what fortune a good mind and a strong back could earn. He had a single goldpiece to his name -- the gift, years past, of a nomad chieftain to a ragged peasant boy. Now, though the night was raw and the inn was warm, he was loath to spend that coin, for the barbarian had claimed it carried magic.

Keep his lucky goldpiece or trade it for a warm, dry bed? Krispos tucked the coin away and stepped back into the wet streets -- all unaware that so simple a choice would lead to a world of peril and possibility...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Because of rising taxes on his village and the untimely deaths of his parents and sister, young Krispos is forced to leave the family farm and seek his fortune elsewhere. He heads to the imperial city of Videssos, taking with him the magic goldpiece bestowed upon him as a child by the emperor. Krispos first gains employment as a groom for the lecherous Iakovitzes, but the stage is set for what will follow when a noblewoman, Tanilis, has a vision of Krispos as ``Majesty.'' Through Iakovitzes's political connections, Krispos eventually earns the trust of the lighthearted emperor Anthimos, and becomes his chamberlain, but he also earns the distrust of the emperor's uncle, Petronas, who casts a sorcerer's spell on the increasingly influential young man. This is only a temporary setback, however, as Anthimos quashes Petronas's imperial aspirations and sends him packing to a monastery. In this prequel to his Videssos Cycle series , Turtledove provides a thoroughly engrossing adventure about a young farmer, thrown to the wolves in the imperial city, who not only survives but rises above it all. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345361189
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Series: Krispos Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,286,669
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    The book and the Nook technology is good. The copy editing is s

    The book and the Nook technology is good.

    The copy editing is shameful. There were numerous errors and errors of the kind indicating that no one, that is no one bothered proof reading the copy. It is as if a physical page was physically and carelessly scanned and put to market. Every page shows such errors. The number and kind of such errors is shameful in itself. Disrespectful of the author, contemptuous of the buying public and disgraceful for any publisher.

    No one is overseeing the publishing process. Not Barnes and Noble, Not Random House. Frankly someone should be fired. He who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys. Try Kindle or get the program to rip the DRM and edit it yourself. This book is sloppy and careless in presentation and sadly I have noted this among other Nook books. It is beyond nuisance. It is offensive. Authors and readers deserve better.

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