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Slave of the Huns

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  463 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Gárdonyi egyik legnépszerűbb történelmi regénye, színes, ősi világot elevenít meg: a népvándorlás korának izgalmas, sorsdöntő fejezetét, Attila - hun királynak - mindent elsöprő uralmát és hirtelen halálát. Egy fiatal görög rabszolga, Zéta, Attila közelébe sodródik és krónikási hűséggel meséli el élményeit, tapasztalatait a hunok táborában. Ő maga művelt, nagytudású ifjú, ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Corvina Books Limited (first published 1901)
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Virag
Mar 14, 2011 Virag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Slave of the Huns was one of the first historical fiction/adventure novels I read. Maybe that is why I love historical fiction now - this was a very good book to start with, and it got me hooked on the genre.

Slave of the Huns is about Zeta, a Greek slave during the time of Theodosis, who travels to the land of Attila and falls in love with a Hunnish noble. The plot really drew me in, and I thought the translation from the original version was done quite well. I remember reading this over and ov
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David Koblos
Dec 18, 2012 David Koblos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Wanna be proud of Hungarian culture, traditions, and a heroic ancestry? This book is perfect for that. Not exactly an accurate ethnography, but much more so a lively, action-packed, historical fiction about the Huns, taken from a sympathetic point of view.
Sean N Noonan
Dec 22, 2011 Sean N Noonan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book to truly inspire me. I read it many times over the years and it can still work its magic, though as a teenaqer it meant the most. Full of history, this is essentially a love story replete with angst and shows the depths to which people will go for the sake of their love, set against the backdrop of Attila the Hun and his fight with the corrupt later Roman Empire. Simply, its brilliant and well worth a read.
Janez Hočevar
Definately worth reading, although I was quite tempted to put it down and stop reading it at some passages. Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced because I first read Gardonyi's Eclipse of the crescent moon???? However, there is something in Gardonyi's narrative that keeps the reader glued to the book. Whether it is the historical context, the love story or the philosophical traits of the plot, remains to be decided by the reader/individual itself!
Arsenovic Nikola
Ovo je bila prva knjiga sa istorijskom tematikom koju sam procitao kao dete 5 razred mozda sam i zbog nje zavolio da citam romansiranu istoriju. U svakom slucaju roman je fantastican i vrlo zivo opisuje tadasnji svet i dogadjaje vezane za Atilu hunskog vladara iz ociju roba koji je u njihovom zarobljenistvu
Zsebenci Klopédia
Érdekes, hogy milyen sokan nem értik ezt a könyvet. Olvassák, de minek...? Várólistacsökkentés? Ezzel a módszerrel igazán butuskának lehet maradni rengeteg olvasmánnyal a hátunk mögött is.
Paula
Mar 16, 2017 Paula rated it it was amazing
I just came across this book that I read as a YA on a foreign friends page and its shocking to me to realize this isn't a popular YA book- its AMAZING! it wasn't published in English the first time which I guess is why no one has ever hear of it, but its so exciting and moving... I'm going to find it on my bookshelf right now and read it again. There are very few books on my "keeper shelf" from childhood- Watership down, The good earth, The black pearl, Lion/Witch/Wardrobe, Lord of the Flies- an ...more
Enci
Apr 25, 2016 Enci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Actual rating is 3.5/5 stars.

Here's the thing about this book: I really don't know how I feel about it.

The first half of the book was slow and boring and it was so hard for me to power through it. At one point I actually considered DNF-ing it, which would have been a huge mistake, because then I wouldn't have been able to read the second part of the book, which was fucking amazing. The build up paid off, incredibly paid off.

The story is simple and oh so complicated at the same time: Zéta, our ma
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Kerry Hennigan
Apr 26, 2013 Kerry Hennigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the very first time I read it, many, many years ago. I loved it for Victor C. Ambrus' wonderful illustrations, and I loved it because it was a story that transports the reader totally to its historical setting.

Zeta was sold into slavery by his father out of necessity, but when his kind master frees him, he chooses new bonds of servitude. Zeta falls in love with a beautiful young girl named Emmo, a daughter of a high-born Hun in the army of the feared Attila.

Europe is on th
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Gabi
Jun 16, 2015 Gabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gabi by: Ildi Csücsök
Általános iskolás korom óta nem olvastam Gárdonyit, és fogalmam sem volt, hogy ennyire tetszeni fog. Az elején megijedtem az E/1-es elbeszélő miatt, mert több E/1-es regényt olvastam az utóbbi időben, és nem mind szolgált örömömre, itt azonban kellemes csalódás ért: Gárdonyi zseniálisan használja ki az elbeszélésmódban rejlő lehetőségeket.
A történet is nagyon lekötött, mert szerettem az Attilás filmet, és érdekes volt nagyjából ugyanazt az érát egy gyökeresen más nézőpontból megtapasztalni.
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Veerle
May 24, 2009 Veerle rated it really liked it
This is a good old book, but still readable today.
It is the story of a Greek slave, who was freed by his Roman master. He went to the city of Attila, and fell desperatly in love with a Hunnic princess. For her he learned to live as a Hun, to fight as a Hun, but her mind was on another man. And only after she died, he realised she was not quite the woman he thought she was, and perhaps he was not really the man he thought he was.
Attila
Jun 18, 2015 Attila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, historical, romance
The Invisible Man (English title apparently Slave of the Huns) tells the conquest of Attila through the eyes of a Thracian slave, Zeta. There is a quite overwhelming romantic thread, but the major theme of the book is the Hun conquest.
Kathy Dobronyi
Apr 01, 2016 Kathy Dobronyi rated it really liked it
A fascinating read with pen and ink sketches. Good introduction to an important period of Hungarian history.
Letti
Aug 13, 2016 Letti rated it it was amazing
A certain depth exists only in classics.
Beáta
Sep 30, 2007 Beáta rated it liked it
It is a historical novel about the Huns.
Gokce
Feb 10, 2013 Gokce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Attila zamanındaki Hun İmparatorluğunu anlatan son derece sürükleyici bir tarihi roman. Hun kültürü ve savaş sahneleri oldukça güçlü tasvirlerle anlatılmış.
Krisz
Sep 25, 2015 Krisz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magyarul
Tegnap nem tudtam lefeküdni, amíg ki nem olvastam, annyira izgalmas, pedig tudom, mi a vége. Gárdonyi fantasztikus író.
Morgiana
this is another childhood favorite - and it was so excellent now.
If you want to know something about the 4th century in the Carpathian basin written in excellent manner, this is a book for you.
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Géza Gárdonyi, born Géza Ziegler (August 3, 1863 – October 30, 1922) was a Hungarian writer and journalist. Although he wrote a range of works, he had his greatest success as a historical novelist, particularly with Eclipse of the Crescent Moon and Slave of the Huns.

Gárdonyi was born in Agárdpuszta, Kingdom of Hungary, the son of a machinist on the estate of an aristocrat in Western Hungary. He gr
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