Publication Date:January 1, 2013
DEATH OF AN EMPIRE— THE LEGEND OF MERLIN CONTINUES Merlin
is the product of a brutal rape. Determined to uncover his father’s
identity, he sets sail from Celtic Britain with his band of loyal
companions. Their journey through war-ravaged France, Rome, and Ravenna
to Constantinople will push their strength to the limit and shape
Merlin’s reputation as a great healer. The Roman Empire is under
attack. Bound by an oath to relieve suffering the talented apothecary
saves thousands of warriors from total destruction. A bloodier conflict
between opposing powers arises, and Merlin must use all his resolve if
he wishes to survive the death of an empire. M. K. Hume has won the
praise of readers and critics alike with her original take on the
beloved and enduring Merlin legend. Her background in Arthurian
literature lends historical accuracy to a trilogy wrought with passion,
heart, and adventure
If you are looking for something that really delves into ancient history
(mostly Roman history), the horrors of war, pestilence, death,
treachery and little else -this will be the book for you.
the first book in this trilogy to be very intriguing and I enjoyed it
very much. This second book in the trilogy just made my stomach
curdle. The author has such a way with words that she can do as Merlin
said of Homer, when he read the Odyssey - you SEE everything, in vivid
color. Merlin was speaking of something else, but that statement he
made summed up my feelings of this book perfectly. The author spared no
expense with words. Each phrase was like a brushstroke on canvas
-showing us the gore in true vivid color.
Reading about the Kings, Emperors, Generals and various other important men plot various countries downfall was mesmerizing.
the author describe how Merlin figures out what we now know to be lead
poisoning was fascinating. His facing the futility of trying to get the
authorities to do something was poignant.
Yes, this book was fascinating - if you like history and war.
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