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Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle #4)

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In Videssos the city, tribune Marcus Scaurus was bored. The legion that had been magically transported to this strange world was far away. But the Emperor's niece Alypia was near -- and willing.
When their secret trysts were betrayed, Emperor Thorisin Gavras was forced to condemn Marcus as a traitor -- but with a promise of freedom and Alypia, if he could reclaim a rebel pr
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 23rd 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1987)
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 29, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
If you like the "displaced person in another world" stories then this is the series for you. Now we get an entire legion of roman soldiers, oh and one crazed Celt, on another world. Throw in that magic works there and you have a fantastic story and some awesome characters. Turtledove is one of my top 5 favorite writers. My highest recommendation.
Shari
Aug 20, 2015 Shari rated it liked it
Turtledove pays attention to history while creating his 'other' histories. He uses smart political innuendoes that underlay all diplomatic jockeying and creates a plethora of cultures vying for hegemony.

Marcus Aemilianus Scaurus, tribune; Gaius Philippus, centurion, and a handful of maniples of the Roman legions under Scaurus, plus a doughty Gaul, Viridovix, are transported to another world while the Gaul and the tribune battle each other using weapons made and magicked by Druids. They become me
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Michael Bracken
Sep 30, 2015 Michael Bracken rated it really liked it
Loved this series and the idea of a lost Roman unit transported through dimensions. There was a lot of politics to go through but it was an excellent story with plenty of detail for the imagination. I hope that future books build off this series, possibly on the children of the emperor and the Romans. I was a little sad the writer did not sort out what happened to certain family members at the end but again I hope that's a possible tie in for another series to build off of this one to progress t ...more
Nathan
Dec 31, 2015 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Romans and their allies get caught up in some side quests while in pusuit of their main target, the Evil Wizard Avshar.

This one was for me not as good as the previous volumes. A few too many happy coincidences, a coule of unnecessary conplications that simply seemed to pad out the page length, and a very pat ending.

Still, it has been an enjoyable ride all up.

Rated M for violence, supernatural themes, adult themes and a couple of sex scenes. 3/5
David Hall
Nov 05, 2014 David Hall rated it really liked it
A good finish for this series. Unfortunately, in a fit of impatience I looked up a plot summary before I got to this book and so I spent most of the book wondering when and how the final climax would come... and was sort of disappointed by it as a result. Overall, this was a good book, and a nice wrapup, if a bit... typical. The good guy gets the girl and proper recognition for his efforts, but there are still plenty of potential threats and whatever to run a sequel series from, if needed. Inste ...more
Scott Gardner
Aug 14, 2014 Scott Gardner rated it it was ok
By book 4 , the story was getting a bit boring if I was being honest
Jake
Feb 21, 2015 Jake rated it it was amazing
Very interesting story with some great characters
Dan
Apr 08, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
absolutely fantastic series of books, great blend of fantasy with historical elements, still don't think Turtledove has bettered the Videssos series
Ippino
Jan 29, 2014 Ippino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ultimo libro della saga, in cui si concludono degnamente le vicende della legione romana nel mondo di Videssos.
Dopo aver subito una battuta d'arresto nel terzo volume, in questo Turtledove si riprende bene, riuscendo a portarsi nuovamente su buoni livelli di narrazione.
Un ciclo complessivamente buono, sicuramente più adulto rispetto alla media delle produzioni fantasy: personaggi ben caratterizzati, intrecci avvincenti, trama ben costruita.
Consigliato caldamente.
Brentman99
Nov 10, 2013 Brentman99 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who read the rest of the series.
Overall, I loved this series. Turtledove started well and kept it up through four books. If I can say one thing bad, it was a like a long car chase in some European movies. It is almost too much of what you like to see. But I liked the series very much as a whole.
Mark
Jul 08, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves:
The 4th book ends the serious nicely. No real surprises, but a good solid story.
Gary
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Great book. Fun, entertaining, inventive. Enjoyed the characters and the action.
Richard
May 30, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it
Shelves: turtledove
a little ponderous.
ancient battlefield tactics via Romans.
Peter
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Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable series
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Videssos Cycle (4 books)
  • The Misplaced Legion (The Videssos Cycle, #1)
  • An Emperor for the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, #2)
  • The Legion of Videssos (The Videssos Cycle, #3)

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