The characters are engaging, varied and interesting; from the enigmatic and warlike Tempus to the young Niko, who strives for balance. Heroes abound as they strive to fight an enemy like no other and one who could destroy them and all they hold dear. An excellent, exciting and totalling enthralling adventure and I look forward to reading many more by this author. Hands down my favorite so far. The addition of the Sacred Band of Thebes and their goddess made this book just superb!
We meet back up with one of my favorite characters other than Niko , Ischade the necromant. Even without the authors going into any detail, the love those two have for each other! It almost stole the book away from Niko who, once again goes through Hell and back, but emerges stronger, better, more complete.
To me, this Hands down my favorite so far. To me, this book was more about love than any of the other books. We have Niko's love for Tempus, for Randal, for Harmony, for the band. Tempus has his love for Niko, the band, Cime and Jihan and Kouras. Crit with his worrisome love for Strat, who loves both Crit and the dangerous Ischade. We have a goddess' love for her fighters and their love for her. All this love floating around We have the opposite of love- the hatred that Shamshi and Askelon have for my poor, poor Nikodemus.
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This story line just floored me. What a horrid match those two make. The entelechy of dreams and dark mage blooded, Banderan trained youth. The hatred those two have for Niko and Tempus just drips with venom and malice. As much as I love Niko, that storyline was my favorite in this book. Shamshi turned up at the weirdest times, causing strife and confusion. Just freaking brilliant!
And we add to all that emotion , capping it off with one of the best written, most concise battles that I have ever had the pleasure to read. I read it three times to make sure I didn't miss anything, and I am still sure I did. Well choreographed action, no wasted words.
I could see the spears and arrows, some hitting home and causing great injury and others being intercepted by shields, I could see the masses of fighters with all the various injuries. I could hear the shouts, feel the fear running through the fighters, I could almost taste the metallic flavor of blood okay, I may have bitten the inside of my lip These books have all picked me up and plopped me into the midst of The Sacred Band and made me experience it all.
When all is said and done, the final scene on the spit by the sea.. I dare you to read the voice of Abarsis at the end when he talks to Riddler. And that right there, that apparent first had exposure, is why I just adore these books, the characters and most of all the authors. Total immersion in the history, the pantheon of gods, and human nature- the good, the bad and the worst.. There are no better books that I have found that call to a history buff who is also a lover of heroic fantasy books.
Life to you, and everlasting glory! Finally - a skillfully wrought story without dragons or trolls or elves Instead, what Janet and Chris Morris have accomplished is a compelling and suspenseful story that incorporates superbly researched history woven into a mythic tale of human drama. Deftly balancing the complexities of human emotion as 4th century BC Greeks and Thebans deal with war, traitors, and jealous gods, the authors have imprinted The Sacred Band as a Finally - a skillfully wrought story without dragons or trolls or elves While there are many strengths to the novel, there are two that I find worthy of mention: believable characters especially as it relates to dialogue, which translates into "do I care about these characters" and finely crafted imagery.
One of my "pet peeves" is stilted language in any novel - formulaic rather than real. Thankfully, the authors have blended just the right mix of believable dialogue and thus characters with exceptional imagery. The result is a story that sucks one in, building with each succeeding page.
Not only did I care about the characters, I was sorely tempted to skip ahead! Bottom line - get it now. You won't be disappointed! Dec 05, Barbara Underwood rated it it was amazing. The writing style is meant to pace the reader, but by doing so, I found that the images of people and events were deeply impressed on my mind, particularly the battle of Chaeronea in BCE, which is the central theme of this story. The writing style epitomizes true literature of high quality, making it a very rewarding reading experience on its own merit, regardless of historic basis or the fantasy genre.
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The ancient world relied heavily on its belief in gods and how those gods controlled or interacted with mortal man, and this makes an excellent platform for a special kind of Fantasy novel. The characters, gods, avatar of gods, and other beings in between the heavenly and earthly realm are gradually introduced and developed, and near the end of the book I found myself feeling well acquainted and even fond of the main characters; Tempus, Niko, Strat, Crit, the Theban goddess Harmony, among others, and was anxious to read the outcome of the climactic battle, hoping they would all survive unscathed.
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The Sacred Band starts with the Sacred Band of Stepsons, led by thier immortal leader, Tempus Thales, avatar of the ancient storm god Enlil, saving 46 warriors of the Sacred Band of Thebes, an ancient Greek warrior fighting unit, from thier fated death. The consequences of cheating destiny and death and altering history reverberate throughout the novel.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed, as favorite characters and locales from the earlier novels and stories are present in the book. The The Sacred Band starts with the Sacred Band of Stepsons, led by thier immortal leader, Tempus Thales, avatar of the ancient storm god Enlil, saving 46 warriors of the Sacred Band of Thebes, an ancient Greek warrior fighting unit, from thier fated death.
The Stepsons, including Niko, Critias, Straton, Sync, and others even return to the ill-fated city of Sanctuary along with their new found brothers in battle, the 23 pairs of Theban warriors. What follows is an action packed, fast paced novel filled with battles, mysteries, murder, sorcery, precient visions, philosophy, mythology, mysticism, gods, sexuality, and explorations into the relationships amongst the Stepsons and Thebans and how they resolve the integration of their separate Sacred Bands.
I have waited years for new stories from what are some of my favorite characters and settings in fantasy, and I was thrilled to read this new novel by Janet Morris and Chris Morris. If you love action packed fantasy with rich settings and complex, deep characters, then you will love The Sacred Band. Mar 23, Kyra Halland rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery. Shelves: fantasy , epic-fantasy , read-and-review , fantasy-heroes.
I was gifted with a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review. I really didn't know what to expect with The Sacred Band when the author requested a read-and-review.see
“Sacred Band Series (9 Book Series)” by Janet Morris
I was not familiar with the Thieves World shared fantasy world and the book looks like it's based on Greek history and mythology, perhaps even set in ancient Greece, which isn't really my thing, but it looked intriguing so I decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did. The Sacred Band is an exciting a I was gifted with a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review. The Sacred Band is an exciting and deeply emotional epic fantasy about a band of warriors, dedicated to each other as brothers, who find themselves in a battle to restore their integrity and right some old imbalances in their world.
It touches on ancient Greece, when the Sacred Band of Stepsons comes to our world to save a group of otherwise-doomed Theban warriors in an incident based on a historical battle. Then the action returns to Thieves World, a world where gods and demigods, wizards and mortals interact in a struggle for control. A member of the Sacred Band of Stepsons then commits a terrible crime, stirring up other forces and bringing old tensions and imbalances to a head in a great, epic, magical battle.
The writing is gorgeous, rich, colorful, and emotional. It slips between present and past tense, which at first I found confusing.
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But when I got used to it, the passages in present tense gave a very immediate and impressionistic feeling to the story. This book is a later stand-alone novel that follows an earlier trilogy beginning with Beyond Sanctuary. The author recommended that I start with The Sacred Band, and I was able to pick up on the characters, setting, and backstory pretty well, but I might have had an easier time understanding who the characters are, what they want and what drives them, and what was at stake for them, if I had started with the earlier trilogy. It took me a while to really get a grasp on the characters, again because I was coming into their story later on, but eventually each one stood out to me as an individual, well-drawn character.
I particularly liked Niko although a brief mention of his activities in a brothel left me somewhat less sympathetic and admiring of him than maybe the reader is intended to be , and Kouras, one of the youngest Stepsons. There are a number of admirable female characters as well, though I was a little disappointed that they are all goddesses or other supernatural beings. There is no major female character who is an ordinary mortal. Thieves World appears to be very much a man's world, with ordinary women being relegated to the roles of dancing girls, servants, and prostitutes.
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For a 5-star review, this review seems to have a lot of reservations, but in the end, despite the difficulties I had with the book, I couldn't put it down. It's a long book and it took me a while because I was reading it during a particularly busy period, but every chance I got, I picked it up just to read a little more to find out how the characters were doing and what happened next.
I was deeply emotionally touched by the honor and loyalty that the members of the Sacred Band feel for each other, and intrigued enough by the characters, events, and world that I'm looking forward to reading the trilogy that comes before. Apr 19, Andrew Weston rated it it was amazing. Tempus Thales, long-time leader of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, intervenes at the heroic and historical battle of Chaeronea to ensure the survival of 23 pairs of fighters from the Scared band of Thebes.
His intention, to incorporate them into his own unique force of fighting men. Little does he realize the repercussions to come But how to explain it without giving anything vital away?
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Let me just say - Jealous God's intercede. Shades and Fates are added to the mix. Even Askelon, prime entelechy Tempus Thales, long-time leader of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, intervenes at the heroic and historical battle of Chaeronea to ensure the survival of 23 pairs of fighters from the Scared band of Thebes.