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The Sacred Band (The Sacred Band of Stepsons Expanded "Author's Cut" editions)

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The Sacred Band of Thebes lives on, a world away, in this mythic novel of love in war in ancient times. In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his Stepson cavalry rescue twenty-three pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days. These forty-six Theba ...more
Paperback, 570 pages
Published by Createspace (first published April 5th 2010)
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Crystal
This is the first Sacred Band story I have ever read and I'm left wondering how in the heck I overlooked this amazing world created by Janet Morris and Chris Morris in the 1980s. (Whoops, did I just carbon date myself there?) One of the things I found so great about this book is that it doesn't matter that I missed all that cool stuff in the '80s because I picked this one up and dove right. Sure there were a very few allusions to prior stories, but not enough to make you feel like you've really ...more
J.P. Wilder
The author(s) of The Sacred Band create a vibrant, real world that sweeps you into its grasp and drags you along, kicking and screaming into a dark world where the only wrong action is inaction—and that just gets you killed (or worse)—and dishonor is measured by the severing of bonds formed between warriors, destined to die.

Whether it is the numerous combat sequences, or the on-going, heartrending conflict between the various characters, their Gods and their world, this book is filled with such
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Joe Bonadonna
THE SACRED BAND, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris. Published by Perseid Press. Copyright 2010 by Janet Morris and Chris Morris. 547 pages. Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in trade paperback, Kindle and Nook editions.
Reviewed by Joe Bonadonna. (Sanctuary and Thieves’ World are both registered trademarks owned by Lynn Abbey are mentioned here only for purposes of this review.)

“All three hundred of the Sacred Band of Thebes fought at Chaeronea in August of 338 BCE, and two-hundred fif
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Jessica
In a world of books that try to capture the vintage literacy of times past but fail, it is refreshing and exhilarating to finally find a book in this day and age that one can honestly say is an instant classic.
The story is already complex, but then you throw in an impressive collection of characters, each getting their turn in the the spotlight. It's simply mind-blowing, none fade away and there aren't any loose ends, simply a remarkable feat. The numerous characters (The Sacred Band and the The
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Larry Atchley Jr.
The Sacred Band starts with the Sacred Band of Stepsons, led by thier immortal leader, Tempus Thales, avatar of the ancient storm god Enlil, saving 46 warriors of the Sacred Band of Thebes, an ancient Greek warrior fighting unit, from thier fated death. The consequences of cheating destiny and death and altering history reverberate throughout the novel. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, as favorite characters and locales from the earlier novels and stories are present in the book. The ...more
Lori Myers
Feb 03, 2014 Lori Myers rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy geeks, history buffs
Hands down my favorite so far. The addition of the Sacred Band of Thebes and their goddess made this book just superb! We meet back up with one of my favorite characters (other than Niko), Ischade the necromant. What can I say about Ischade and Strat other than WOW... Even without the authors going into any detail, the love those two have for each other! It almost stole the book away from Niko (who, once again goes through Hell and back, but emerges stronger, better, more complete). To me, this ...more
A.L. Butcher
The Sacred Band – Fantasy /Heroic/Mythological Adventure.
5 stars.

One of the signs of a great book, for me at least, is the urge to continue reading it despite the fact it is very late or there is something else I really should be doing. This was one such book.
Spawned from the Thieves’ World series and interwoven with historical research and ancient sources the story covers the rescue of the missing members of the Sacred Band of Thebes, who fought at the Battle of Chaeronea and whose whereabouts
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Pdmac
Finally - a skillfully wrought story without dragons or trolls or elves... no magic rings, and no quest for a talisman to save the universe. Instead, what Janet and Chris Morris have accomplished is a compelling and suspenseful story that incorporates superbly researched history woven into a mythic tale of human drama. Deftly balancing the complexities of human emotion as 4th century BC Greeks and Thebans deal with war, traitors, and jealous gods, the authors have imprinted The Sacred Band as a ...more
Andrew Weston
Tempus Thales, long-time leader of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, intervenes at the heroic and historical battle of Chaeronea to ensure the survival of 23 pairs of fighters from the Scared band of Thebes. His intention, to incorporate them into his own unique force of fighting men. Little does he realize the repercussions to come...
But how to explain it without giving anything vital away?
Let me just say - Jealous God's intercede. Shades and Fates are added to the mix. Even Askelon, prime entelechy
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William O'Brien
Highly Recommended - An Epic 5*****

The Sacred Band by Janet Morris & Chris Morris

Without doubt, a magnificent read of epic proportion filling the pages of this stunning work presented by these two authors. The Sacred Band is full-to-the-brim of myth, adventure, ghosts and gods entangled with love and war in this gripping tale.

The writers certainly know how to captivate their readers with strong characters, battle scenes, heroic gestures and torment. The book has a very 'real' essence and you
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Elias Zapple
This is a meaty book and my slugs and I love meaty things... We could really get our teeth into this and devour the rich content as it contained all things that we love most - war, heroism, mythology and love. Written with care and woven together beautifully, it tells the story of a challenge to the gods and a mighty rescue - it reminds me of 300 meets Saving Private Ryan meets Zulu. With great, in-depth characters and vividly drawn imagery, this is a book that cannot be put down. If you're inte ...more
Barbara Underwood
At 600 pages, this epic story is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who venture into the fantastic world of ancient gods, wars and battles, “The Sacred Band” is immensely rewarding. The writing style is meant to pace the reader, but by doing so, I found that the images of people and events were deeply impressed on my mind, particularly the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, which is the central theme of this story. For those familiar with classic history, this Fantasy version would be particu ...more
Uvi Poznansky
The Sacred Band is an epic story, based on Plato's Sacred Squadron, which consisted of pairs of male lovers that formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC. The authors open it without wasting any time to hint that some of the characters, like Tempus (AKA the Riddler) have multiple names. You are invited right into their midst. It is by association, and by living next to them as if you were part of the band, that these names start to connect for you—even without the benefit ...more
Zoe Saadia
The Sacred Band offers it all, history and legend wrapped in a beautiful story. This is one of the novels that proves very difficult to put down. Epic conflicts between mortals and immortals, Gods and humans, history and philosophy, love and honor, along with breathtaking battles of epic proportions. I loved the way the reality intertwined with the legend, how realistic the characters were, so easy to relate to, their battles and dilemmas, their way of life. I found myself reading through all 60 ...more
Stevie Turner
Epic, powerful, and well-researched historical tale of over 500 pages. I didn't want to put the book down! I'll be looking for more books from this author.
Kyra Halland
Apr 28, 2014 Kyra Halland rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery
Recommended to Kyra by: the author
(I was gifted with a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review.)

I really didn't know what to expect with The Sacred Band when the author requested a read-and-review. I was not familiar with the Thieves World shared fantasy world and the book looks like it's based on Greek history and mythology, perhaps even set in ancient Greece, which isn't really my thing, but it looked intriguing so I decided to give it a go, and I'm glad I did.

The Sacred Band is an exciting a
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Walter Rhein
Sword and Sandal Fantasy, Robert E. Howard Style

"The Sacred Band" is a classic work of heroic fantasy. This novel takes place deep within the established rules of Janet Morris's Thieves World, and I like that it doesn't waste any time on throwaway passages designed to "catch up" those readers who are new to the realm. This is a sink or swim type novel, and the reader as well as the characters involved are not the least bit coddled. The result is that you start to acquire a sense of achievement a
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Elisha
Awe-inspiring. Lyrical form and eloquence meet together in a heady tale that takes place
inside of the Thieve's World Universe, this revisited by the author with a love that is normally
given by a mother to a beloved child. Janet Morris once again sets a standard for what
a writer can only hope to achieve, that of creating beauty upon a blank page with such artistry
that the words themselves take on a life that is eternal.
If you have not previously read a Thieve's world novel, it is not impossi
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Absynthe
4.5 Stars

It's been such a long time since the last book that I'd forgotten how much I liked these characters. This is better than any other book I've read by these authors, and I'm pretty sure I've read almost everything they've written.

If you haven't read the Thieve's World books and know the background of these characters, who they are, why they're important, how they related to each other and how they became who they are in this book, then this book won't be nearly as satisfying, possibly eve
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Janet E.
Oct 12, 2014 Janet E. added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book is a theomachy: a battle between mortals and gods. Tempus, favorite of the storm-god, and the Stepsons rescue twenty-three pairs from the doomed Sacred Band of Thebes during the Battle of Chaeronea and take them first to Lemuria and then to Sanctuary. The angry Greek Fates and the Theban fighters' patron goddess, Harmonia, follow.

The clash of cultures between the 338 BCE Greeks and the multicultural fantasy characters of Sanctuary becomes deadly. The Sacred Band must demonstrate Unflin
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Sarah Hulcy
As a long-time fan of the Sacred Band of Stepsons created in the Thieves' World(r) series I was thrilled to discover a new Sacred Band novel! This novel continues the story of Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons after the last book in the Thieves' World(r) series and takes them from the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC back to Sanctuary, with more characters, the remnants of The Sacred Band of Thebes, and some wonderful women! You will NOT regret this purchase!
Sarah Hulcy
As a long-time fan of the Sacred Band of Stepsons created in the Thieves' World(r) series I was thrilled to discover a new Sacred Band novel! This novel continues the story of Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons after the last book in the Thieves' World(r) series and takes them from the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC back to Sanctuary, with more characters, the remnants of The Sacred Band of Thebes, and some wonderful women! You will NOT regret this purchase!
Tamara!
Took a bit to get into it, what with all the action and the many names and characters, who have many names. But after about 30 pages in, I finally was able to start comprehending this incredible 'Band'. The writing is rather stilted, making you pay close attention, feels like it's being translated from an ancient tome to modern English, which added to the appeal for me. Lines like "Some daylight remained, even if the light had that pearly quality of supernal tantrums abating." Graphic, violent y ...more
Mandus
Having had my eyes on this book for a while, I was so happy when I was finally given the opportunity to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let's just say that I wasn't disappointed! This is a book of 500+ page magnitude, that's for sure. I love the way the author so beautifully weaved the intricate stories and lives of the characters together with the epic mix of gods, demigods and mortals. Also, I really appreciate the fact that the author managed to steer away f
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Jennifer Theriot
Another interesting book by this author, combining mythology, history and civilization. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
Elodie Parkes
Excellent read.
Deborah McClatchey
I really liked this book enough to give it 5 stars. I was transported into another world. It really has it all: history, conflicts between mortals and immortals, legends, gods, the fight for love and honor. And epic descriptive battles! The characters were well developed and realistic. It's a long story but well worth the read. Enjoyed it very much.
David Cook
Brilliant piece of historical fiction - loved this!
Anna Othitis
A lovely mythic epic of love in war set in ancient times. This is a beautiful story, mixing history and myth. I thoroughly enjoyed the book that was gifted to me for an honest review.
Darrin Mason
565 pages of epic awesomeness. A fantastic tale told well of a time gone by. Great writing that holds you from page one and holding the reader for 565 pages is no easy task. Unless you are Janet Morris. I do highly recommend this book.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free digital copy in return for an honest review.
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Janet Ellen Morris (born May 25, 1946) is a United States author. She began writing in 1976 and has since published more than 20 novels, many co-authored with David Drake or her husband Chris Morris. She has contributed short fiction to the shared universe fantasy series Thieves World, and edited the Bangsian fantasy series Heroes in Hell. Most of her work has been in the fantasy and science ficti ...more
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