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Tempus

(Thieves' World Novels)

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Tempus: Avatar of the war-god Vashanka, he carves his anti-magical philosophy in the bodies of the detestable mages and demons of a world he never made but is cursed to inhabit.

Niko: No godling he, just a warrior who has found the secret of his soul in the mysterious Western Isles--and so wields a pure and faithful power that makes him all too attractive to the gods and el
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Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Baen Books
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A.L. Butcher

When Nikodemos returns to Bandara, trying to regain his balance, he does not expect his ghosts to join him. Such ghosts they are too, as he is forced to remember his darkest hours. This book is a collection of stories, cleverly woven to run as one and reveal what makes the titular character, Tempus and his right-side companion Niko tick. It is not a read for the faint of heart, there is a goodly portion of warring, of violence and of heartbreak, but there is also so much more. These characters a
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T.W. Brown
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my younger days, I was a huge fan of the fantasy genre. It became so grossly overpopulated that I eventually left it behind. Recently, with the likes of Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and George R.R. Martin, I have returned. The epic fantasy is alive and well in authors NOT named Tolkien.

The beauty of social media is that almost EVERYBODY uses it. To have encountered the author of some of my favorite stories from my youth is a highlight. That happened when I stumbled across Janet Morris, one
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Larry Jr.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains the original stories written about the Sacred Band of Stepsons, as well as some new sections that expand on their adventures and Niko's quest to regain his spiritual and mystical balance, or Maat.
Relive the moment when Tempus, "The Riddler" takes command of The Sacred Band, from the Slaughter Priest Abarsis, whose war name, Stepson, became the official name for The Sacred Banders. Fight alongside Tempus, Abarsis, Niko, Critias, Straton, Janni, hazard-class mage Randal "Witchy
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Joe Bonadonna
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Janet Morris has always written some of the best and most literate stories in all heroic fantasy. She writes my kind of tale, too: lean, mean, character-driven, creative, and intelligent. I first encountered Tempus and his Stepsons during the heyday of the Thieves World series, and Morris' tales and characters soon became my favorites. I am happy and pleased that she has continued to write of the further adventures of Tempus and his Sacred band of Stepsons. It was a pleasure to revisit such clas ...more
Charles
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this one, although I had read quite a few of these stories earlier in the Thieves' World series. New stuff about the characters is here too, though, and it's pretty good.
Janet E.
Aug 05, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I just read the new, revised edition of Tempus, now called "Tempus with his right-side companion Niko" (9780615465548), and I really enjoyed it. The cover is beautifully evocative. Five original Tempus stories are interspersed with eight original stories told from the perspective of Nikodemos, the warrior-monk who eventually becomes Tempus' partner. Niko reflects on his time with the Stepsons while home on the misty isles of Bandara recuperating. For Niko fans, these glimpses into the training o ...more
Janet E.
Apr 26, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I just read the new, revised edition of Tempus, now called "Tempus with his right-side companion Niko" (9780615465548), and I really enjoyed it. The cover is beautifully evocative. Five original Tempus stories are interspersed with eight original stories told from the perspective of Nikodemos, the warrior-monk who eventually becomes Tempus' partner. Niko reflects on his time with the Stepsons while home on the misty isles of Bandara recuperating. For Niko fans, these glimpses into the training o ...more
Zoe Saadia
Even though reading these series in a reverse order, I had enjoyed each book enormously as stand-alone volumes, as much as the entire series.
The Sacred Band of Stepsons is the most thrilling adventure, the most fascinating journey the reader would wish to undertake. We follow Tempus and,Niko, along with Critias, Abarsis, Straton and others in their struggle against evil forces, Hawkmasks, Roxan and her cronies, and more. Along with them we experience first hand sorcery and betrayal, triumphs and
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Bianca Sy
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this book yet. So the 5 stars that I've rated for this book is just actually for its synopsis.



Well, I've found it very interesting and it made me wonder where I could buy a copy of this book as soon as possible! ^__^

William O'Brien
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that can only be classed as epic.

The historical detail of this book is of true quality and mixed with mythical power. Tempus journeys through an exciting and dynamic world and these adventures need to be read and enjoyed by all. After reading other works in the series, I have found only to be in awe of such a prolific writer. The tales are powerful, spectacular and incredibly well-written.

Powerful and dynamic adventures.
Sean Poage
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite character from my favorite author from the Thieves' World series. This book compiles several of the stories from the series into a story building towards the other stories.
Carlton
I enjoyed this collection of connected short stories, the five longest of which had been published in Thieves World "shared universe" anthologies in the early 1980's, set in Sanctuary (a seedier companion to Lankhmar or Ankh-Morpork).
To give its full title "Tempus and his right-side companion Niko" is more about Niko and his impressions than about Tempus. The stories generally alternate between those set in Sanctuary and Niko reflecting on those stories and what "lessons" they might have for him
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Angelika Rust
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm in two minds about this book.
On the one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed parts of the story, as well as the author's skill at weaving words. Janet Morris really knows how to coin a phrase, and there are loads of memorable, quotable lines in this book.
I read quite a few books from the Thieves' World series around ten years ago, so it was nice to see some of the characters again. But it also made me remember why I abandoned the series. A high percentage of those books consists of world-building and
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William O'Brien
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A book that can only be classed as epic.

The historical detail of this book is of true quality and mixed with mythical power. Tempus journeys through an exciting and dynamic world and these adventures need to be read and enjoyed by all. After reading other works in the series, I have found only to be in awe of such a prolific writer. The tales are powerful, spectacular and incredibly well-written.

Powerful and dynamic adventures.
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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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