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In the early days of the Roman Empire, as the Romans are expanding their rule and the noble Etruscan civilization in Italy is waning, a young Etruscan noblewoman is violated by a renegade supernatural being. Accidentally impregnated, she bears a child who is partly supernatural and grows to manhood in only six years. Separated from his mother, he travels to Rome and is ado ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Ron
Sep 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fantasy, not historical fiction. Not bad and not badly done.
David Andrews
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Etruscans is what I’d call a historical fantasy novel - based in (a surprisingly great deal of) fact but told through fantasy. It centers on the life of one Horatrim, a boy born to an Etruscan mother and an otherworldly father, who goes on to become a very important figure in ancient history. Along the way we also meet Tarquinius Superbus (the last King of Rome) and Lars Porsenna (an old Roman enemy) in a world that perfectly blends the superstitions of the ancient cultures of Italy with a fair ...more
David Leemon
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to go back to ancient Italy, this is a good book to read.
Anita
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A very iffy 3 unfortunately. I had high hopes for this book too
KiplingKat
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Now don't get me wrong, the story is great. Reading at face value I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good characters, good "coming of age" story, great incorporation of the mythical elements. A very enjoyable book, a fun Saturday read. My only nit picks are a historian's pedantism.

I read Morgan Llewelyn's Red Branch (her version of the legend of Cu' Culainn) yonks ago. Back when I was a teenager, I think. It was very entertaining and made me very curious about the legend itself, which set me off on resear
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Andy
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard review considering the I generally like Morgan Llywelyn's books. However, this did not live up to the standard she has consistently delivered in other titles. The best description of this book is shallow. There is not much information on the culture of the Etruscans (besides the focus on the Dying) and little actual description for the Teutmetians or the Romans. The Ais are little more than a plot device, with only one of the Ais getting more than a brief cameo (and even this rol ...more
Marc
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Begginers, to entice teenagers to read more?
The book didn't live up to my expectations. It's a classic novel based on the myths of the Etruscans. The myths aren't really profoundly explained and the authors only brush a basic portrait of it all. As I've been told, the authors do a much better job with other cultural groups. Don't really bother reading this book if you're interested in learning more about the Etruscans, or the Romans, or any other group. This is not really a historic novel - I've even felt that this was more written for ch ...more
Jeanie
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, novels
I really enjoyed this. I found myself caught up quickly in the character's lives & had a hard time putting it down. Very good.
Dan
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little superficial but still a fun read.
Mary
Oct 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Twice I tried to read this book and just couldn't get through it. I loved her Irish books and wanted to like this one, but the story just never grabbed me.
Kristen Gurri
Too much fantasy with the fiction and a little too much dribble. Just couldn't do it. Plus, the cover art was embarrassing to explain to the kids.
Emily Finch
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
i found a beat up old copy of this book in a box in my grammas basement and thought it looked interesting... started reading and couldn't put it down. this has become one of my favorite reads.
Tara
May 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I couldn't wait for it to end.
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Morgan Llywelyn (born 1937) is an American-born Irish author best known for her historical fantasy, historical fiction, and historical non-fiction. Her fiction has received several awards and has sold more than 40 million copies, and she herself is recipient of the 1999 Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year Award from Celtic Women International.
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