Kineas and his companions are back Alexander the Great is smarting from his captain s defeat and vows to subdue the Eastern Scythians on the Sea of Grass Kineas and Srayanka his Western Scythian woman have vowed to aid their Eastern allies And so begins an epic trek across the Ancient WorldAgain the author captures the feel of the ancient world The distances involved are staggering Crossing from Crimea to the Caspian sea is an unbelievable journey Cameron captures the spirit of this trip the logistics needed to move two thousand warriors and their camp followers This is the author s strength the authenticity When Kineas crosses the Sea of Grass you can feel the wind whipping against your faceUnfortunately the authenticity is also the book s weakness It is at times a very long story Fortunately there is a payoff in the wait The book s action scenes the fight against Persian bandits the battle in Hyrkernia sp and finally the epic battle against Alexander himself are simply awesome The other thing that kind of bugged me is the mysticism associated with Kineas He is having prophetic dreams He sees his death but also his victory Meh I don t like it In my historical fiction I prefer to keep magic out of the picture unless it is simply peoples beliefs In this case Kineas appears to be actually having real it is simply peoples beliefs In this case Kineas appears to be actually having real experiences Three stars out of five The book is simply too long at points and I don t like the mysticism On the plus side the
action is reat epic battles and Alexander in a rare defeat at the hands of Scythian barbarians and a is Elena's Conquest great epic battles and Alexander in a rare defeat at the hands of Scythian barbarians and a Greek mercenaries I hate it when the hero dies I think Cameron appreciates this reader s aversion for the hero fallen so he invests heavily in presenting it s inevitability I am curious as to the author s own religiosity it takes than just a mindset of fantasy to weave a tome so rich in spiritual interventionuiding the leader so conseuentiallyI challenge Cameron to try a tome on David son of Jesse conueror of Goliath of Gath This was not in my view as ood as the first in the series The thing that spoilt it somewhat for me was the main character s freuent dreams about his impending death I found
THE DREAMS BORING AND JUST AN INTERRUPTION TO AN dreams boring and just an interruption to an interesting story This wonderful and thrilling book is the 2nd volume of the fascinating and exciting Tyrant seriesAgain the book has been thoroughly researched historically for it ives us a well explained historical note as well as I just finished this book in a cafe with tears in my ey. Kineas must challenge the man he once worshipped in the second entry in the Tyrant seriesKineas the Athenian cavalry commander has come a long way since being dismissed from the army of Alexander and vengefully exiled by his own city Together his mercenary force and their Scythian allies have defeated a mighty Macedonian army at the Ford of ,
Act and so are Satyrus and various Hellenistic leadersCameron though is perfectly willing to kill off major characters and in sudden and unexpected ways which adds a tremendous amount of tension to battle scenes and assassination attempts
unlike Star Trek There s also some magical realism thrown in but any attempt to explain the Star Trek There s also some magical realism thrown in but any attempt to explain the would reuire much patience than any reader of this review is likely to haveBut in short Kineas Satyrus and his woefully underutilized twin sister Melitta why wasn t she prominent in the
"narrative all represent "all represent we now consider Southern Russia at the north of what we call the Black Sea In those times it was the place where the steppe nomads and expanding population of farmers and colonizers crossed paths and it became a crucial part of the Hellenistic King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies game of thronesiven its ability to produce Rescuing Gus grain that the Mediterranean cities desperately needed to feed their peopleSo Cameron tosses these characters their soldiers and theirrain into the Hellenistic mix and in the end comes up with a wonderful series that I enjoyed from start to finish Then again I love excellent historical fiction and this is my favorite period so I m hardly unbiased But I will say this If you have even a passing interest in the world of Alexander the Great after his death the Tyrant series is for you I just wish there were than six volumes A flaw with this and most of the series is a lack of maps Even I who know this world better than most couldn t keep the Class of 92: Out of Our League geography straight at times Iuess maps are expensive because a lot of books would be a lot better with of them including this series I want to root for Christian Cameron he Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story gives a solid attempt at maintaining historical accuracy and he has picked a fine setting for this series Nevertheless his writing is sometimes rough could have used another editing attempt in parts and his characters are incredibly lacking All of the protagonist s underlings are interchangeable not only because of their names but because of their non existent personalities Kineas himself is a noble humble duty first can do no wrong sort of figure so there needs to be aood explanation for why he sets out on a massive boondoggle
to How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead go fight Alexander in the far reaches of the Persian Empire We don tet one we arego fight Alexander in the far reaches of the Persian Empire We don t et one we are expected to accep Anything Christian Cameron writes is oing to be freaking fantastic Ancient Greeks Macedonians Spartans Skytheins and of course Alexander the Great what can you ask for except lots of action to top it off. To take her tribe east to help stop the monster and Kineas must follow even if it means embracing the violent death in battle that he has seen prefigured in countless dreams But long before he can confront the might of Alexander's army alongside his beloved Srayanka he must undertake an epic journey of breathtaking daring Includes a glossary.
Christian Cameron Û 6 Free readEs The waitress looked at me strangely What a book what a series what an author I ve read at least a series what an author I ve read at least a of Christian s books now and such a reat turn of phrase You are now my favorite author surpassing the reat Bernard C Thank you Please keep writing Really enjoyable
read the deeper you et into the storythe deeper you et into the story you want The detail on tactics is reat and the ending leaves you wanting of the same Highly recommended now for his next one tactics is reat and the ending leaves you wanting of the same Highly recommended now for his next one Alexander s army ever beaten Apparently so by the Sycthians with the aid of some Greek heroes lead by KineasFinely detailed portrait of the warriors who turned back the monster at the Jaxartes river I stumbled into this six book series by way of one of my favorite recent fantasy series the Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron I noticed that for some unknown reason Cameron also wrote under the name of Christian Cameron and had a series set in the time of Alexander the GreatAs one who knows way too much about that Hellenistic time period and one who loved Cameron s previous work I was all in from the moment I started volume one Tyrant And as this is a connected series that really needs to be read in order to be appreciated this review is of all six books considered as a whole rather than a review of each book though parenthetical notes will be appended for eachThe story covers about 30 years of ancient history ending in 301 BCE at the Battle of Ipsos Now if you already know who won the Battle of Ipsos you will be a little too far ahead of the After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 game for much of the suspense of the series which includes other historical events will be lost and you will also be surprised by some revisions Cameron makes in order to tell the story the way he wants toBut the basic premise is this Cameron inserts fictional high ranking characters into the complicated weave of Hellenistic history and has them participate in events both major and minor For the most part this works extremely well as Cameron srasp of the minutiae of Hellenistic life and his Alien Alpha gritty sense of the bloody painful and horrific cost of ancient warfare is superb He is also an excellent writer so the story moves along at a brisk pace flagging only momentarily in the later volumesThere are issues of course Like Star Trek Kineas and Satyrus the two main protagonists are in the front lines way too often to be believed especially in the later books and their interactions with the major historical figures seem unnecessary as if the editors insisted that somehow Kineas and Alexander are in cont. He River God and his adopted city of Olbia is now free once But his destiny will not allow him to enjoy the fruits of victory for long To the east Alexander is threatening to crush the Scythian hordes once and for all The Lady Srayanka of the Cruel Hands the Scythian warrior princess who spurned a king's love to be at Kineas's side is pledged.