The Light Bearer

The Light Bearer

by Donna Gillespie

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ISBN-13: 9780515119664
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/1996
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 1024
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.54(d)

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Donna Gillespie is at work on the third book in this series.

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The Light Bearer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Cecrow on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Really enjoyed this historical novel; romance was done to the right degree without overwhelming the historical aspect, and there was a good amount of action and political developments. Curiously I liked Marcus' side of the story a lot better than the heroine's; I found his plot more interesting, and his portions better written. Fantastic, exciting conclusion.
surreality on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Unfinished; page 350 was the point where I gave up. Some books just aren't worth the time.Plot: Predictable, utterly predictable. Special girl is born with prophecies that she'll be pivotal for her people, and proceeds to live up to every stereotype possible in the setting. On the other side, special boy is found to be heir to a noble family and proceeds to be the only morally non-corrupted person in Rome. Characters: Out-of-the-box. The good ones are smart and pretty and well-trained and strong, the bad ones are smelly, drunk rapists with room temperature IQs and arrogance to boot. There's not a single character who isn't a stereotype, from the old wise hag who acts strange to the foreign prisoner who trains the heroine and falls in love with her. Plenty of noble savages around. Style: Boring prose that got tackled with the belief that occasional reversion of word order makes things sound better. Point of view changes randomly in subsequent paragraphs. Historical clichès get paraded, with every sordid bit of gossip being treated as fact, while real political twists are ignored. PS - during the rule of Nero, no such thing as "Switzerland" existed. Yes, it may be easier to give the area that label, but all it does is demonstrate that "historical novel" is a euphemism.Plus: Hard to think of something. Minus: It's a gossipy special-girl-saves-the-world (and I bet she ends up with the special Roman, while the current foreign love interest bites the dust in heroic sacrifice at some point). Much pretense to be a historical novel, but scratch the surface and the shine is gone. Summary: Not worth it, not even for laughs.
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