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In a dark age of unending war and violence, one young warrior opposes a mighty king to forge a new path to peace…

During the savage Frankish-Saxon wars, the moving force of his age, Karl der Grosse, King Charlemagne, fights and rules like the pagan enemies he seeks to conquer. But in the long shadow of war and genocide, a spark of enlightenment grows, and the king turns to
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Published November 2013 by iUniverse (first published October 3rd 2013)
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"Quamvis enim melius sit benefacere quam nosse, prius tamen est nosse quam facere."

When translated, it means right action is better than knowledge; but in order to do what is right, we must know what is right. A comment on strength and how it is both balanced and justified by wisdom, this intriguingly provocative idea is attributed to the legendary Charlemagne and, rather appropriately, serves as the central theme of George
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a dark age of unending war and violence, one young warrior opposes a mighty king to forge a new path to peace…

During the Frankish-Saxon wars King Charlemagne find himself in the midst of a turbulent historical time. Christians are battling Pagans and a new age of enlightenment is beginning. The days of rule by brute force and savage war are being threatened as intellect and education become more prized. As this spark of enlightenment grows Charlemagne turns to learned men, including the young
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Source: Free copy from George Steger and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the purpose of review.

Last year I began reading books on the Middle Ages and Anglo-Saxon history, pertaining to its affect in England, Scotland, Wales. I wanted to read Sebastian's Way to learn about the Germanic Franks. Charlemagne has been a historical figure I've wanted to read about for a long time. Even though Sebastian's Way is historical fiction, this book helped give me an in-depth look at the time period
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but ultimately I gave up. I just didn't care about all the details of battles and while I was initially curious about how Sebastian's story would develop, I wasn't curious enough to keep going. The writing just didn't engage me. ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was eager to read Sebastian’s Way, by George Steger when it was offered, since the late 8th century during the reign of Charlemagne is a fascinating era. Told in third person, it’s a largely external read, without much internalization on the part of the characters; we get to know them primarily through their actions and dialogue, rather than what is going on inside them.

In simple, uncomplicated prose we follow the life of the hero, Sebastian, from childhood through his formative years. He is
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Middle Ages and Anglo-Saxon history has always amazed me and therefore I enjoy picking up any historical novel that surrounds the ravishing dramatic era of history. Previously, I didn't locate as many Charlemagne era books as I'd have liked, but they seem to be trickling to the shelves.

Sebastian's Way, by George Steger, was far from just a military account of conquests and battles of the medieval era of Charlemagne. It's a novel of dramatic perplexities of characters and of politics, even of
Joseph Ferguson
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Part history, part quest, part love story, this historical novel set in the eighth century traces the fortunes of Sebastian, an unconventional warrior for King Charlemagne during the fierce Frankish-Saxon wars.
Steger, Professor Emeritus of History, brings the past to life in his first novel. After an introduction that reads like an excerpt from a well-written history text, Steger throws us right into the action. In a prologue that postdates the book’s events, Sebastian defies Charlemagne by ur
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I’ve been incredibly lucky to read so many excellent books lately and “Sebastian’s Way” by George Steger was no exception. I loved many different elements of this book. One, I thought the author wrote beautifully. I usually don’t comment on the writing style or technique of an author because I am not a writer. I always look at a book from a reader’s perspective and give my viewpoint from that perspective. However, t
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An epoch which has some importance for me in both my reading life and my genealogical pursuits, apparently called the "Saxon March" at that time. I loved the period descriptions of life in this hard and distant time on the borders of what would be France.George Steger has crafted a fine piece of work as a first novel, and he enjoys as well as develops his characters.

Sebastian is clearly a reluctant hero,but he does have elements of heroism as well as blund
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sebastian’s Way is an inspiring story of a young man’s journey during a time of great violence and ignorance. The story takes place during the early reign of Charlemagne. Life was so hard during that time. War defined a man; not his desire to learn. Sebastian thrived to rise about expectations and live a life he can be proud of.

Mr. Steger has written a very rich and engaging piece of historical fiction. He was able to give the readers a vivid picture of life during the 700s. It was dark and dirt
Eileen Iciek
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine novel taking what's known of the military and political events of Charlemagne's reign and imagining how and why they occurred. The lead character, Sebastian, is a favorite of Charlemagne's because he is both a soldier as well as an aspiring scholar. This well-written story is full of complications on the road to peace - both at a personal level as well as the national level.

If you are interested in learning a little more about Charlemagne and his era, you would do well to pick up this tr
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Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that SABASTIAN'S WAY: THE PATHFINDER by George Steger is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

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Colonel Steger had two long careers which contributed greatly to Sebastian's story, a military one with many years abroad in Europe and Vietnam, from which much of the action and adventure emerged, and an academic one as a professor of history at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in which the compassionate, philosophical, and romantic side of Sebastian was evoked. He is now Prof ...more

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