I, the Sun

I, the Sun

by Janet Morris

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BN ID: 2940016435992
Publisher: Perseid Press
Publication date: 09/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 543
Sales rank: 726,577
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Best selling author Janet Morris began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with her husband Chris Morris or others. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, in which she created the Sacred Band of Stepsons, a mythical unit of ancient fighters modeled on the Sacred Band of Thebes. She created, orchestrated, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell, writing stories for the series as well as co-writing the related novel, The Little Helliad, with Chris Morris. Most of her fiction work has been in the fantasy and science fiction genres, although she has also written historical and other novels. Morris has written, contributed to, or edited several book-length works of non-fiction, as well as papers and articles on nonlethal weapons, developmental military technology and other defense and national security topics.

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I, the Sun 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
AnnoulaAO More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative I enjoyed getting familiar with the Hittite culture. A historical novel which fascinated me an amazing journey into history. Recommended and loved this read.
Talleyrand More than 1 year ago
Superbly written historical novel with a hip, modern sensibility. Stimulating and exciting.
Audrey_Digne0 More than 1 year ago
Great book from start to finish.
DPW1967 More than 1 year ago
A  fascinating book, well researched and well written.  Highly recommended and a great read. Excellent. 
StevieT More than 1 year ago
Janet Morris has excelled herself in this well-researched epic work of historical fiction. It's been a real learning curve for me; I had never heard of the Hittites at all, but found this faction novel very informative and entertaining. Well done!
DarrinM More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book, I had never heard of the Hittites. Now I have and I also know more of this time in our history than I had ever hoped to know and it's because of this book. Make no mistake, this is no history lesson. It is a magnificent historical novel so well written you can't help but find yourself bang smack in the middle of the action. Highly recommended.
Larry_Atchley_Jr More than 1 year ago
A historical novel of exceptional accuracy and depth, I, the Sun is a masterpiece! Thoroughly and painstakingly researched, this book chronicles the life of Suppiluliumas who ruled as king of the Hittites in the 2nd Millenium B.C. Janet Morris drew upon material regarding the life of this enigmatic figure, and even utilized direct quotes attributed to him from historical sources. The bibliography at the back of the book is a testament to just how much of this research went into writing this account of his life and times. Full of political intrigue, battle scenes, betrayals, and accounts of the many wives Suppiluliumas took as his queen, and the even more numerous concubines he took to his bed, it depicts the gamut of events that affected not only his own life and kingdom, but the entire ancient world around him. Here are a few choice quotes I have pulled from the pages of the book: "The man is a fool who says he has never known fear; he is worse than a fool: a liar and a pauper both. Whence but out of fear comes that surge to superhuman deeds that makes of a man a hero?" -I, the Sun, by Janet Morris. "There are things that happen in life so poor in grace and empty that no god could condone them, unless he be meaner even than a man." -I, the Sun, by Janet Morris. "When the bowl of my life is licked clean and all that remains is a wine-soaked pyre and the flame, someone will doubtless say that ancient formula over me. And if indeed I have gone up and become a god, then the Storm God and I will laugh about it." -I, the Sun, by Janet Morris. Known in his time as Favorite of the Storm God, the figure of Suppiluliumas inspired Janet Morris to write about who is arguably her best known character of all her stories and novels, Tempus Thales, avatar of the Storm God, and commander of The Sacred Band. If you love an exciting story that you will not want to put down until you finish it, and then will make you want to re-read it again and again, then this book is for you. Whether you are an aficionado of history, or just love a good novel, you will enjoy I, the Sun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb read. I really enjoyed this!
AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
Before I share with you some of the exquisite writing in I, the Sun, let me start at the end. On the last page of the book you will find an impressive bibliography list that attests to the meticulous research into the life and times of Suppiluliumas, who was a great warrior and statesman. This research provides the detail, the authentic detail necessary for constructing the shell of this story, its events and the descriptions of the locale.  It is into this shell that the author, Janet Morris, has blown a breath life, fleshing out a fascinating historical figure. His voice has an unmistaken elegance to it. Describing a mysterious presence that follows him throughout his life, Suppiluliumas says, “He has been in my dreams before every moment of crisis, for every tumble onto truth that has ever befallen me, striding away, his shoulders like a second horizon.” We follow Suppiluliumas starting at the age of 14, just before his coming of age ceremony, until the moment he hands the kingdom over to his successor, his first born son Arnuwandas. In place of showing Suppiluliumas drawing his last breath, we witness him being summoned to the top of the hill, as his chariot starts ascending. He is on his way to meet his fate, symbolically represented by the Storm God. It is an epic saga, with heroic action bringing the Hittite kingdom to Imperial power and consolidating its heartland. Seen through the man in the eye of the storm, we gain a brilliant power of observation. He says, “My life always had events taking place within and without at different intensities. On the outer edges, matters foment and wild winds blow; on the inner, things display themselves to meticulous examination under a clear sky.” The writing gives a sense of a depth to the character, and so does the cover art. I simply love the way it is layered:  (a) The deepest layer is adorned with images done in relief based on the hero’s adventure (a Hittite king standing in his chariot and aiming his arrow at a stag)  (b) The middle layer done as the royal seal of Suppiluliumas (c) The front layer containing the title, in immensely solid, metallic letters that—quite appropriately—reflect a strong sunlight. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King Suppiluliumas is ambitious, intelligent, and born to rule, but no one can have it all. Building an empire is one thing, but capturing a woman's heart is a more difficult endeavour. I, The Sun is a gripping historical read about a man who takes what he wants but is denied the one thing he most desires.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite With I, the Sun, Janet Morris comes close to a biography of the Hittite king, Suppiluliumas, whilst creating a captivating story, and that is a brilliant achievement in fiction where only one character, Titai, a slave girl, is fictitious. At the opening, Tasmiscarri, heir to the dead ruler King Arnuwandas, is shown as a rebel, determined to go his own way despite brutal punishment, and it is that resolve which carries him forward to kingship. Tasmiscarri/Suppiluliumas survives assassination attempts before he is of an age to rule, and he becomes a mighty warrior conquering forty nations to expand his empire. He marries, takes concubines, and records the births of many children, but will he ever win the woman he truly loves? The fascination of I, the Sun is an intriguing, beautifully-written story with a basis in historical fact. It is a representation of an era unchallenged by modern morality, and it is that which will attract fans of both historical and literary fiction. To read it is to dip more than a toe in the water; it’s total immersion in a period almost fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. Acts of courage are tempered by injury, agony, and death. Women live according to their station, anything from queens to sex slaves. However, the Hittite king has his softer side. “Titai, only say that if you behave with love in your heart toward me, you will come to my aid.” I, the Sun by Janet Morris is a treble five-star novel.
Jonny123 More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Really enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was quite fascinating, with all the historical civilizations. Lots of research went into this one. I knew very little about the Hittites before. This opened my eyes and I couldn't put it down. History lovers will enjoy it. I highly recommend and give author Janet Morris high marks!
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LakeGirl2015 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful love story set in a fascinating time. Many historical novels feel dry or unrealistic either because they are written by researchers used to writing articles or by fiction writers not used to doing research. This gem of a novel is a rare exception: the amount of historical research, as evidenced by the meticulous details and a super-impressive bibliography at then, is incredible, thus making the book feel real. And the characters feel real as well because this author is a talented fiction writer. Wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago