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DAWN OF EMPIRE
by Sam Barone

Genre: Fantasy, Historical

2006 Fantasy Novel Nominee

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Newcomer Barone pens a vibrant historical epic peopled with rich, tangible characters. Intricate historical details, heart-pounding battles and political struggles are woven together seamlessly to create a vivid picture of a little-known period of history. This novel's sequel is sure to be eagerly anticipated.

Captain of the Guard Eskkar has the nearly impossible task of protecting the ancient Mesopotamian city of Orak from a thousand barbarian warriors marching toward them. With the help of Trella, his bright and talented slave girl, he harnesses the skills of the citizens to create something never before seen, a great wall to defend
the city.

Thutmose-sin, the proud leader of
the barbarian tribe Alur Meriki, vows to crush these people who dare to oppose him. Even worse, Eskkar, the leader of the weak farmers and merchants who seeks to resist him, was once Alur Meriki himself. Thutmose-sin will see him utterly destroyed. (MORROW, Sep., 496 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Jennifer R. Wells-Marani

Publisher: Morrow

Published: September 2006

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