Experience one of the most beloved series in fantasy—as could only be imagined by “the standard-bearer for alternate history” (USA Today).
Harry Turtledove’s many New York Times bestsellers provide an intriguing take on history’s most crucial moments, but he honed his speculative talents in a different genre: fantasy. The Videssos Cycle is the perfect fusion of the two. Collected here are the first two novels of Turtledove’s one-of-a-kind saga, in which a Roman legion is transported to a strange realm where magic rules.
THE MISPLACED LEGION
In a duel for survival, the Roman military tribune Marcus Aemilius Scaurus raises his sword, blessed by a Druid priest, against a Celtic chieftain, who brandishes a blade of his own. At the moment the weapons touch, Marcus and his legion find themselves under a strange night sky, full of unfamiliar stars, where Rome and Gaul are unknown. They are in an outpost of the embattled Empire of Videssos—a world that will test their skill and courage as no soldiers have ever been tested before.
AN EMPEROR FOR THE LEGION
In the capital of Videssos, a coward and betrayer has seized the throne. There, behind great walls that have always made the city impregnable to storm or siege, he rules with the aid of dark sorcery. Overthrowing him seems impossible and the imperial army has already fled in panic from the savage victors. But there is no panic in the legion. Now Marcus Scaurus leads his men through the chaos and enemy hordes in search of winter quarters, to regroup and do the unthinkable: take the untakeable city.
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.