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Krispos Rising (The Tale of Krispos #1)

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Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep.

Driven by crushing taxes from the farm where his family had lived -- and died -- Krispos had come to the. city seeking what fortune a good mind and a strong back could earn.
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1990)
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Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Turtledove was my favorite author throughout my high school years, before I got tired of him fairly suddenly sometime in my late teens. For some reason though, I decided to revisit the rows of books of his I have, and re-read Krispos Rising, one of my old favorites.

Looking at the book from the vantage of about a decade, both of my life and of how the field has changed, it's clear that the book hasn't aged terribly well. At the same time, it's also clear that Turtledove has genuine talent,
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Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The opening chapter of The Tale of Krispos really sucked me in. There is realism, which I'm always a fan of, and there are hardly any wasted words. At least that's how it is at first — but more on that later. Harry Turtledove does a great job of describing what is going on by working the information you need into the narrative in natural ways rather than just straight-out telling you certain facts.

The three books that make up The Tale of Krispos — Krispos Rising, Krispos of Videssos, and Krispos
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Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sad when I ran out of books in the Videssos / Roman series. But along comes the story of Krispos, set in the same "world", but well before the Romans "arrived" in Videssos.

Who can't like a rags to riches story? Certainly not me. Krispos starts out on a poor farm and ends up ... well, that would be telling, but his journey is filled with danger, opportunity, difficulties, courage, and all the things that make for a fun read.

I love Turtledove's style and this book didn't disappoint.
The first volume of Harry Turtledove's "The Tale of Krispos" Trilogy, which I found particularly entertaining for both the integrity displayed by its unlikely hero, and for Turtledove's use of fantasy-appropriate, but actual, vocabulary terms - one of the few authors who uses terms I feel compelled to look up in the dictionary or online. The other notable vocabulary connoisseurs in literature being Rex Stout's usage of language in his Nero Wolfe mysteries, and Howard Philips Lovecraft's use of b ...more
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Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have read by Turtledove yet. I am working my way up chronologically and had just finished the Abivard and Maniakes tales. I found this book must more to my liking.

Although it is a rag to riches story it has its own pizzazz to it that sets it aside from others. The characters are easily to relate to. Iakovites is a great and funny character. I think it was Iakovites' character that really made this book enjoyable as his temper tantrums and sass make for a great comic relief. Cant wait
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, nostalgia
"Krispos' Rising" is a fun, if superficial, fantasy novel that is not an essential read for anyone's list, but sufficiently achieves its aims.

I should disclose up front that this hardly qualifies as a real book review. This is more a trip through nostalgia. A retro review, if you will. When I was twelve each trip to the local library (before it moved and expanded) was met with a quick trip to the small fantasy section. I read this book multiple times. I can remember the countless creases in the
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is, in my opinion, one of Turtledove's best. One of his problems is that many of the characters in his varied series are essentially the same; this does not happen here. The story too is relatively fresh. While it is a basic rags-to-riches plot, the execution is relatively flawless and the details are wonderful. The plot itself is loosely modeled on the rise of Byzantine Emperor Basil I (book two is largely based on Basil II) but the interaction of magic and other various details makes ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who liked the Misplaced Legion series.
A really good series that I thoroughly enjoyed. Krispos rises through the ranks and the story of how he gets there is fun. I love the characters and Turtledove does a good job of keeping the world of Videssos alive. I enjoyed these books.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, but I find myself thinking back to it regularly. I plan to finally read the next one soon.
Kendra Schaefer
Meh. A passable take on the farmboy-becomes-king storyline, but nothing outstanding.
Not sure about this one, but we'll see.

...abandoned. Can't get into it.
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this series. Typical fantasy series but well written.
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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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