Videssos Cycle, Volume Two

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Videssos Cycle, Volume Two

The Legion of Videssos and Swords of the Legion

By Harry Turtledove

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345542595, 815pp.

Publication Date: April 16, 2013


The classic fantasy series from “one of alternative-history’s stalwarts” (The New Yorker) continues in the adventure of a lifetime.
Harry Turtledove’s brilliant re-imaginings of major world events have thrilled fans for decades, but he first captured readers’ attention with the Videssos Cycle, a unique blend of fantasy and speculative history. In this two-book volume, a Roman legion, thrown into another world, fights its way through sorcery, intrigue, and epic conflict.
Since the legion was mysteriously transported to this magical realm, Roman military tribune Marcus Aemilius Scaurus has valiantly served the rulers of the war-torn city of Videssos. However, Fortune is a fickle goddess. Returning in triumph after defeating a well-entrenched army of rebel mercenaries, Marcus is betrayed by a friend, seized as a traitor, and dragged before the Emperor. Only one person may be able to save him: the Emperor’s niece. But consorting with her could lead to exile . . . or worse.
As prisoner of the Emperor, Marcus Scaurus is in a desperate situation. He stands condemned for treason, unless he can reclaim a rebel province from a fanatic usurper—without the aid of his Romans. Now, with just one centurion by his side, Marcus sets out to once again do the impossible. Soon the fates conspire against the men, driving them toward the torture chambers of an evil, deathless wizard-prince. But an audacious last hope rallies behind them—the soldiers of the legion are on the march.

About the Author
Harry Turtledove is the award-winning author of the alternate-history works "The Man with the Iron Heart, The Guns of the South, "and "How Few Remain" (winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Novel); the War That Came Early novels: "West and East, Hitler's War, The Big Switch, "and" Coup d'Etat; "the Worldwar saga: "In the Balance, Tilting the Balance, Upsetting the Balance, " and" Striking the Balance;" the Colonization books: "Second Contact, Down to Earth, " and" Aftershocks; "the Great War epics: "American Front, Walk in Hell, " and "Breakthroughs;" the American Empire novels: "Blood & Iron, The Center Cannot Hold, "and "Victorious Opposition;" and the Settling Accounts series: "Return Engagement, Drive to the East, The Grapple, "and" In at the Death." Turtledove is married to fellow novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.