Athenian Steel

Athenian Steel (The Hellennium Book 1)


Praise for Athenian Steel:
  • “It is the best book I have read in the last 15 years and easily makes it in my top 10 of all time (most of which are Hugo or Nebula award winners).“??
  • “I’ve read many F & SF books over the past 50 years. This is right among the best.”
  • “…the characterization is flawless. The detail of the period, the actions and motivations are well captured… A grown up’s book – and something to make a classicist think.”
Description

A savage war is fated to drag on for a generation. One living weapon could change it all. But she is not easily wielded by any mortal man. Joined in tumultuous alliance, a Greek general and a renegade traveler in time seek to reshape an ancient world of blood and brutality. They will challenge each other, enemy armies, and Fate itself. Who or what will break first?

In 425 BCE, the Athenian general Demosthenes comes into possession of a weapon from the stars. He fears to wield it against his city’s bitter enemy Sparta, but he knows that he must, lest it be wielded by others. He knows, too, that it seeks to wield and possess him, for this weapon is human, or something like it, and as complex as the wider universe from which she fell. She is Thalassia. She is doom and madness. She has come for reasons all her own, and she did not come alone.

ATHENIAN STEEL is bloody, twisted mayhem in the ancient world and Book I in a centuries-spanning epic that will appeal to readers of Gene Wolfe, David Gemmell, David Drake, Harry Turtledove, & other classic SF/Fantasy authors of the 1970?s to 1990?s. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Simon Scarrow and similar will also find plenty to enjoy if they don’t mind touches of cosmic SF, dark humor, and sex in their military historical fiction. Join Demosthenes and Thalassia as they blaze a trail of slaughter and ruin down the centuries in The Hellennium.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This series depicts the ancient world in a frank and explicit manner, including graphic scenes of sexuality and violence. Foul language abounds.

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