The Light Bearer

The Light Bearer

by Donna Gillespie
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The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie

A novel of Ancient Rome
The International Bestseller
This Revised Edition includes an Afterword by the author

In the harsh wastes of the barbarian north, a child is born on dirt and straw in the rude thatched hall of a Germanic tribal chieftain. She is Auriane, destined to follow the pathway of her tribe’s most revered seeress. But as ruthless Roman invaders plunder her people's lands, burn their crops and kidnap their young men for the imperial army, Auriane is chosen to lead her tribal people in their struggle against the empire. And when the Emperor Domitian crosses the Rhine with four legions, the north’s hope resides in a woman…

And as the only world she has known collapses around her, Auriane is captured and taken to Rome, and into a life of horror and glory no seeress could have foreseen.

In Rome, senator and Stoic humanist Marcus Arrius Julianus rises to the loftiest pinnacles of government. Through wit, daring and brilliant maneuvering, he struggles to check the murderous whims of the increasingly corrupt Emperor Domitian. As a reign of terror begins, Julianus orchestrates a vast plot to assassinate the Emperor. Cultured Marcus Julianus and barbarian Auriane meet — and form a powerful bond across the gulf of their vastly different ways of life. Domitian condemns Auriane to the arena, where in the halls of a gladiatorial training school she discovers the tribesman who betrayed her people in war. As Julianus’ assassination plot rushes to its cataclysmic conclusion, Auriane must carry out the solemn rite of vengeance before a maddened throng in the Colosseum.

The Light Bearer is the product of twelve years of research into the history, culture and mythology of classical Rome and the proto-Germanic tribes. Donna Gillespie’s second novel, Lady of the Light (Berkley Trade, November, 2006), is also available through through Nook.

"Throughout this monumental story, Gillespie constantly increases the excitment and intrigue. There are no flat passages in The Light Bearer, only a fast-flowing stream that erupts into a full-scale torrent at the book's conclusion." —The Washington Post

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014333832
Publisher: Donna Gillespie
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 568,170
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Donna Gillespie is the author of two novels set in ancient Rome, The Light Bearer (Berkley/Putnam, 1994) and Lady of the Light (Berkley/Putnam, 2006). The Light Bearer has been translated into German, Dutch, Russian and Italian, and was optioned by Hallmark Entertainment for a miniseries. Her second novel, Lady of the Light, is the sequel to Light Bearer, and has been translated into German and Italian. Gillespie lives in San Francisco, where she is currently working on the third novel of the trilogy that began with The Light Bearer.

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The Light Bearer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has emotional power it is one of the best
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book, I almost gave up on it before the third page. However, I decided to give it another chance a few days later and I couldn't put it down! It is now one of my all-time favorites and I have read it several times over the years. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love this book. This will be my second readthrough. The story is so rich and artfully crafted, like a beautiful meal that demands the reader savor every nibble. Gillespie weaves history, romance, violence like no one else I've encountered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book! Really riveting, interesting history of a Germantic tribe called the Chattians and then interweave a plot with Rome... wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only sixteen, but Roman history fascinates me...yet I didn't know how much until I read this book. Gillespie weaves an amazing pair of stories, eventually intertwining them in a most spectacular fashion. I absolutely loved this book and hope she writes more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mom read this book a while ago and, loving it, gave it to me saying she thought I might like it. I am a loyal reader of historical fiction but its size was intimidating so I left it on the shelf for a while. Finally, fortunately I picked it up and after the first few pages, I was hooked. Light Bearer has become my all time favorite book and I was crushed when I realized it wasn't going to last forever! I highly reccomend this book and give it five stars, knowing five isn't enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one incredible book. I don't think you can go through life without atleast reading it once, if not hundreds of times. It has everything: violence, love, betrayal, politics, battles, magic, religion, you name it. I've suggested this book to a number of people and every single person has loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book about five years ago. It remains to this day my favorite book of all time. I have bought four copies throughout the years because i would read them to shreds. This story is so beautifully written it's hard to not get sucked in time and time again. The novel is centered around Auriane, the daughter of a powerful germanic cheiftan. When her tribe is invaded, she becomes a fierce warrior for her people. She becomes their leader in a war against Rome itself. In Rome, there is a powerful Senator, Marcus Arrius Julianus, who learns of Auriane from his fathers records and becomes intrigued by her and wishes to see her safe. At this same time he has to plot the overthrow of the deeply cruel emperor Domitian. When Auriane is captured, she is forced to fight in the colosseum games. This novel contains something for everyone. Theres romance, factual history, conspiracy, tyranny, war, familial issues, race, politics, and religion. I cannot wait for the rest of the trilogy when it is released. And i hope the hallmark movie will do this book justice. Buy this novel and you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gillespie not only told an epic tale in an extremely engaging way; she also used extensive historical research to make the details vivid (without letting that research ever intrude on the story telling). She has sequels in the works - I can hardly wait to read more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
after the first chapter i assumed that this book was just your average book..but as i kept reading i was more and more pulled in . by chatpter 4 i was transfixed and i didint put that book down until i finished it. and once i was done i dubbed it 'the best book ive ever read' since then two other friends and a co-worker have read it and were also delighted by this great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. I could not put it down after I started it, and spent many a late night trying to finish it. Gilespie creates a world that it believable and imaginable, her story is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me this is one of the best historical novels written, it involves you right from the beginning, until you are finished and you realise that the book is done. The characters to you are real people that you care about and to me that makes a great book, I highly recommed this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best historical novels I have read since the I Claudius series. Each chapter is its own story with plot, climax and resolve. Fascinating writing style. Great details and facts. And - she's working on her next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books of any kind that I have ever read. Ms. Gillespie gave us a monumental gift in this book. The best comparison I can think of is James Clavell. You won't regret buying this book, although your family will miss you once it arrives. I can't wait for her next work; I hope she doesn't take too long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a fantastic read from beginning to end. Auriane and Marcus are dynamic characters that keep you on your toes, and when they finally meet its incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book but thought it dragged in places skipped whole paragraphs as boring the herione at times though a barbarian seemed to be very very dumb even when things were explained to her and she endangered others even her lover getting some killed yet is a hero to all will probably not read the other books her being so nieve was a turn off