Emperor: Time's Tapestry Book One

Emperor: Time's Tapestry Book One

by Stephen Baxter
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Emperor: Time's Tapestry Book One by Stephen Baxter

The first novel in Stephen Baxter's acclaimed Time's Tapestry series.

“EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION laced with a science fiction premise...a vividly convincing picture of a past world.”—SFX

It is The Prophecy. Inscribed in Latin, the ancient scroll has resided in the hands of a single family for generations, revealing secrets about the world that is to come, and guiding them to wealth and power. It begins when a Celtic noble betrays his people at the behest of his mother’s belief in The Prophecy—and sides with the conquering Roman legions.
For the next 400 years, Britannia thrives, as does the family while Rome rules over the island. But loyalties are torn when Constantine, most powerful Emperor of them all, comes to Britannia.
And even as the sun begins to set on the Roman Empire, the Prophecy is renewed—a message from an unknowable future promising the world to those who can decipher its cryptic words...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101208915
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2007
Series: Time's Tapestry Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 237,945
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen Baxter, author of the space duology featuring Proxima and Ultima, is the national bestselling author of Ark and Flood. He is a winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for the best alternate history novel of the year, and he won the Philip K. Dick Award twice, for The Time Ships and for Vacuum Diagrams. He was also a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for The Time Ships.

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Emperor (Time's Tapestry Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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In 4 BC, Brica struggles with a long difficult labor as the baby finally begins to come out of the womb, the weakened female begins babbling in Latin, a tongue she does not know. A druid, the only non-kin, attending the birth writes down her words that claim in the future three emperors from Rome will visit the island with one dying. Nectovelin is born while his mother dies. Brica¿s words live on after her known as the Prophecy¿. --- In 43 AD, Roman General Vespasian invades Britain. Nectovelin tries to make his mother¿s words come true, but fails in an attempt to assassinate Emperor Claudius. However, Nectovelin¿s descendents remain diligent waiting for the moment to insure the family Prophecy comes true. In 314, they may have their opportunity as Constantine the Great visits Britannia, but instead of murder, Thalius and others plead with the Emperor to embrace the original Christianity of the first century. By 418, the Roman armies have left the island leaving a vacuum in which British warlords fight one another and the invading Saxons. --- EMPEROR is an interesting historical fiction that spans four centuries so no character seems fully developed as events supersede people especially after Nectovelin fails at fulfilling the Prophesy. That twist of having Brica¿s descendents needing to make sure the Prophesy happens is a fascinating spin to the actual occurrences. Still somewhat overwhelming with over four hundred years of Britannia passing by in under four hundred pages, readers will marvel at Stephen Baxter¿s opening epic in the Time Tapestry series. --- Harriet Klausner