The Breath of God (Paperback)

A Tale of Adventure in the World Beyond (Opening of the World #2)

By Harry Turtledove

Tor Books, 9780765374356, 336pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2009

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Digital Audiobook (1/5/2009)
Compact Disc (12/1/2008)
Hardcover (12/23/2008)
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Pre-Recorded Audio Player (8/1/2009)

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Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it's broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund (politely addressed as Your Ferocity), and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine.

But dangers abound. A violent and implacable group known as the Rulers has already killed many, and now they attack again. Riding deer and woolly mammoths and using powerful magic, the Rulers triumph and force the Raumsdalians to flee.

In the spring another battle ends even more badly for Hamnet's side, but the Glacier is also retreating, so they are able to escape. Meeting a tribe whose desperate living conditions have led them to overcome the Raumsdalian taboo against eating fallen foes, they find unexpected allies. Now, returning to the capital city and its intrigues, Hamnet prepares to lead an army against the merciless Rulers. The world, once so bounded and comprehensible, will never be the Harry Turtledove's The Breath of God.

About the Author

The author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, including The Guns of the South, the "World War" series, and The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, Harry Turtledove lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Laura Frankos, and their four daughters.

Praise For The Breath of God: A Tale of Adventure in the World Beyond (Opening of the World #2)

“Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places. He's developed a cult following over the years; and if you've already been there, done that with real-history novelists Patrick O'Brian, Dorothy Dunnett, or George MacDonald Fraser, for your Next Big Enthusiasm you might want to try Turtledove. I know I'd follow his imagination almost anywhere.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Beginning a new alternate history series with this tale of two eras on the edge of catastrophic change, Turtledove brings an era to life.” —Library Journal on Beyond the Gap

“A solid actioner with an ironically attractive protagonist.” —Booklist on Beyond the Gap

“Vivid!” —Publishers Weekly on Beyond the Gap