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An Emperor for the Legion (The Videssos Cycle #2)

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Foul sorcery had slain the Emperor. Now the army of Videssos, betrayed by one man’s craven folly, fled in panic from the savage victors. But there was no panic in the Legion, mysteriously displaced from Gaul and Rome into this strange world of magic.

Wearily, Tribune Marcus Scaurus led his men through the chaos and enemy hordes in search of winter quarters, to regroup and s
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Paperback, 322 pages
Published April 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1987)
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John
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My first Turtledove novel and his best series yet! Yes, even better than Worldwar or Great War. I wish there was a market for Turtledove to write more Videssos novels. This series furthered flamed my love of Roman and Byzantine history. One of the few series I intend to re-read someday.
Brentman99
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
If you like fantasy, you will love this series. The characters are well developed and the plot extends over the four books. I love how Turtledove uses his PH D in Byzantine history to weave the best plots you can imagine in his various series. I loved it.
Al "Tank"
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tremendous follow-on the the Misplaced Legion. Picks up where that book left off.

The Emperor has been slain by foul sorcery and army betrayed when self-centered, cowardly Ortaias Sphrantzes flees the field leaving the left wing in chaos. With panicked soldiers flee in terror, the Romans maintain discipline and are able to find winter quarters and find Thorisin Gravras, now the rightful ruler of Vedessos.

In the meantime the cowardly Ortaias has fled to Vedessos and assumed the throne and rules
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Nathan
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The Romans lost in Videssos regroup after the defeat against the Yezda. The Empire licks its wounds as a Civil War erupts. The Romans must choose where to tie their future.

This smacked of being a bit of a filler, time-passing book inthe series. While there was stuff going on, there was no tension to amy of it and a lot of it seemed to be there for the sake of having "plot" to hang the prose on. But then, it looks like this whole series was one book carver more or less arbitrarily into four chun
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Ippino
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Cominciare a leggere questo romanzo per me è stato come andare al cinema, uscire cinque minuti per l'intervallo dopo il primo tempo ("La legione perduta"), e poi tornare in sala per gustarsi il secondo tempo del film: un gran bel film, chiaramente.
Tutto riparte esattamente da dove finiva il primo romanzo, proseguendo le gesta della legione nel mondo di Videssos.
Nuovi personaggi entrano in scena, altri escono, e la trama continua a dipanarsi nel migliore dei modi.
Degni di nota, come al solito, i
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Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 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 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Book two and it would be unfair to tell you what transpires here as it slides smoothly into Book three. Just another wonderful otherworld out of Turtledove's mind.

His history of Roman military might and tradition is a good part of this.

On to Book Three.
Mark
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Turtledove at his best...Continues from the first, if you liked the first book in the series you'll like this one....
Dan
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great second book of the Videssos series, if you liked the first one you'll want to read this book and won't be disappointed
Matt
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romans, magic, fantasy
Great follow up to a great first book. Just as fun and interesting as the previous book.
Scott Gardner
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
good follow up to the book 1
Gail
Book 2 of Turtledove's misplaced Roman Legion with Marcus Scaurus. In this one the civil war is dealt with.
Jake
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read
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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)
  • The Legion of Videssos (The Videssos Cycle, #3)
  • Swords of the Legion (The Videssos Cycle, #4)

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