By Alan Smale
Perfect for fanatics of action-adventure and ancient fiction—including novels through such authors as Bernard Cornwell, Steve Berry, Naomi Novik, and Harry Turtledove—this gorgeous paintings of trade background imagines an international within which the Roman Empire has now not fallen and the North American continent has simply been came across. within the yr 1218 advert, transported by way of Norse longboats, a Roman legion crosses the nice ocean, enters an never-ending barren region, and faces a cataclysmic conflict of worlds, cultures, and warriors.
Ever hungry for land and gold, the Emperor has despatched Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the thirty third Roman Legion into the newly came upon lands of North the US. Marcellinus and his males count on effortless victory over the local population, yet at the beaches of an enormous river the Legion clashes with a distinct civilization armed with guns and techniques no Roman has ever imagined.
pressured to observe his vaunted strength massacred via an incredibly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared via his captors and saved alive for his army wisdom. As he recovers and learns extra approximately those proud humans, he can’t aid yet be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. yet threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound family members, and Marcellinus will fight to maintain the peace whereas the remainder of the continent surges towards yes conflict.
Praise for Clash of Eagles
“That rarest and better of substitute histories: the only you believe, the one who is smart. Alan Smale has a storyteller’s aptitude for personality, and offers an ensemble forged with a intensity of element of which George R. R. Martin may approve. it really works as a unique, as ancient hypothesis, and as cultural extrapolation. yet its actual price is singular: It’s a ripping sturdy yarn, and person who will retain you studying long gone your bedtime.”—Myke Cole, award-winning writer of the Shadow Ops series
“Just while it sort of feels there's not anything new in [alternate] background comes this debut.”—Library magazine (starred review)
“An intriguingly unique exchange history.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Smale] breathes lifestyles into the hot global civilizations and gives up a compelling view of what may have occurred had those continents collided. . . . i discovered the recent international of 1218 advert fascinating.”—Historical Novels Review
“Authoritatively researched, compellingly informed, and with entertaining echoes of L. Sprague de Camp, Clash of Eagles is a latest masterpiece of what-if speculation.”—Stephen Baxter, Philip ok. Dick Award–winning writer of The Time Ships
“Smale has performed amazing paintings with the worldbuilding in Clash of Eagles, dropping the only Roman survivor of a bloodbath into the complicated civilization of the Cahokian local american citizens within the 13th century.”—Harry Turtledove, New York Times bestselling writer of How Few Remain
“My favourite form of exchange heritage: epic, bloody, and highly imaginative.”—John Birmingham, writer of Without Warning
“Epic in its sweep, interesting in its narrative, and eyeball-kick sharp in its details.”—Nancy Kress, Nebula and Hugo Award–winning writer of Beggars in Spain
“The first ebook of Alan Smale’s trilogy introduces the sequence with a lightning bolt. Bracketed among breathtaking and meticulously strategized battles is a delicate evocation of a misplaced tradition, an act of literary archeology like no different I’ve read.”—James Patrick Kelly, Nebula Award–winning writer of Burn
From the Hardcover edition.