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The Gate of Fire (Oath of Empire #2)

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Against this alternative history and military strategy novel, Thomas Harlan delves into events involving sorcery in Persia, Rome and Arabia, as the sorcerer Dahak plots to regain the Peacock Throne. This is the sequel to The Shadow of Ararat.
Paperback, 721 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by Tor Classics (first published 2000)
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Bryan
Oct 24, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: Those who hunger for events following The Shadow of Ararat

If someone were to ask what this reader's thoughts are on Thomas Harlan's second book in the Oath of Empire series, off the top of my head I would say that it is mighty descriptive. Not a slight detail is overlooked on anything written about the beard on Mohammed's face, the hair on Maxian's head, the legionary ensemble that Thyatis wore, or the makeup applied on Anastasia's face, to mention just a few examples. Add in the manner in which Harlan elucidates the dankness of narrow corridors, the t

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Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book in the Oath of Empire series, set in an alternate Roman Empire circa A.D. 623. Prince Maxian, younger brother to Galen, Emperor of the Western Empire (Rome), and Heraclius, Emperor of the Eastern Empire (Constantinople), has returned to Rome to disrupt the magical power of the centuries-old oath of allegiance to the Emperor that all legionnaires take. Maxian believes the oath constrains citizens to a narrow path, stifling creativity as well as any thoug

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Just couldn't get into this book. Finally gave up & gave it away.
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Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Rome and Byzantium against Persia with magic second round: even more impressive with Mahommed really shining in this volume
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Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting continuation of the story.
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