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3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The city of Thessalonica was a Christian light in a sea of pagan darkness, filled with hostile Germanic tribes and their powerful demons who threatened George, his family and his city.
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Baen Books (first published 1996)
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Sep 17, 2015 Georgene rated it really liked it
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
A good book from Harry Turtledove! It takes place in and around the city of Thessalonica in after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

The city is besieged by two groups of barbarians from the north. George, a sandal maker by trade, stumbled upon a satyr while out hunting before the siege. Because George, a Christian, is not hostile to this creature of the old gods, they form a bond that becomes very important as the siege continues.
Gavin Greig
Aug 13, 2007 Gavin Greig rated it it was ok
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Another alternative history from Turtledove, drawing from his academic interest in the early Christian eastern Mediterranean.

The book itself is readable but far from must-have - a bit of a pot-boiler.
Had a promising start but, in true Turtledove fashion, it got real old, real fast. There are a few neat touches here and there (it was pretty cool when an avatar of St. Demetrius showed up to do battle with the manifestations of the pagan gods), but overall its a disappointment.
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Apr 01, 2015 William Tracy rated it liked it
Like most of Turtledove's stuff, this was interesting, but not great. This was derived from the siege of Thessalonica, as told in "The Miracles of St. Demetrius."
Dec 08, 2013 Brentman99 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like Turtledove's work.
While I like most of what Turtledove writes, this one wasn't up to the same standard as other works. It wasnn't bad, just not as good as other works.
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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