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Dawn of Empire (2006)

de Sam Barone

Séries: Eskkar Saga (Book 1)

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The leader of a band of marauding barbarians, Thutmose-sin is a warrior gifted by the gods with extraordinary perception and cunning. To survive, he and his people plunder and pillage, killing and enslaving the dirt-eaters who dwell in villages across the plains. But Thutmose-sin also secretly fears these enemies, for they possess a weapon far deadlier than any bow or lance: the food they coax from the ground that allows them to multiply. Someday, he worries, there might be so many of them that even his warriors will not be able to kill them all. And in a prosperous settlement near the headwaters of the Tigris, his suspicions are about to come true . . . Determined to preserve their way of life, the peaceful people of Orak refuse to flee the oncoming barbarians. Instead, they devise a bold, untested plan of defense: build a wall around the village high and strong enough to repel the invaders. Under the guidance of an outcast barbarian named Eskkar and his true love, an enchanting and wise slave girl named Trella, the villagers begin the wall's construction and await the epic battle that will pit them against the unstoppable barbarians - a battle whose outcome will change the world forever.… (mais)
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The book was okay. As pointed out by other reviewers, there are numerous historical inaccuracies, the most glaring to me were the use of coins, the use of modern measurements for time, and their understanding of relatively current treatments for injuries. Also, much of the dialogue was like listening to today's teenagers. The story lines for the two main characters, Eskkar and Trella, are highly improbable. Eskkar, after settling in Orak, is quickly promoted to one of the top security officers and then promoted again to the top spot. He hadn't done much in the story to warrant either of these promotions. Trella's story is even more improbable. She is a fourteen year old slave who virtually overnight becomes the wisest resident of the city. I just can't believe that someone this age with fairly limited experiences could be so knowledgeable about so much.

With all this said, the author did do a good job of explaining how Orak's defense was established at a time when towns were virtually undefended. Almost the entire book is devoted to building the town's defense, but I found that part interesting. He also did well with the battle scenes. There were three battles in the book, and they rivaled the ones in Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Jack Whyte. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
Defense against the siege of a town on the banks of the Tigris by its inhabitants led by a mercenary solder, Esskar, and his [almost too] wise slave, Trella. Interesting novel of Bronze Age times, how farmers defended against nomads. Not "historical" except in broad outlines. Too much sex for my taste--not offensive but I was overwhelmed by how much there was. Was this a male novelist's sexual fantasy? ( )
  janerawoof | Jun 2, 2017 |
The thing I loved about this book is that is both Epic in scale but also highly detailed.
The author paints a vivid scene of despair and hopelessness, with the 'dirt-eaters' (the early farmers of bronze age mesopotamia) who live in rudimentary settlements, accepting their role as sword-fodder for the warbands who still roam the country hunting for food and pillaging for treasure.
I felt engaged really quickly with the protagonist, Eskkar, as he struggled against his own demons and against the stubborn townsfolk who resisted his pleas to make a stand against the raiders. But Eskkar is not alone, he has a slave girl, Trella, who is as cunning and calm as Eskkar is bold and aggressive. The pair dovetail really nicely without ever coming across as infallible.
The story builds neatly, taking you on the adventure and builds towards a hectic and unforgettable ending.

A must for hist fic fans. ( )
  Gordopolis | May 31, 2011 |
A plausible historical novel, even though events and characters are a little too apt to have everything they attempt turn out perfectly. A small town needs help to prevent the nomadic, warrior tribe from burning the city down again. They ask an exiled warrior to take charge and soon Eskkar has developed leadership skills he didn’t know he had and is getting a wall built and training the citizens to defend their town. Lots of action, killings, and some torture. The citizens win but the nomads vow to return—in the next book. ( )
  EssFair | Jul 28, 2008 |
Dawn of Empire presents one possible story explaining the development of walled cities. There is lots of actions, lots of fighting and political scheming, some brutal torture. Eskkar—a barbarian driven from his tribe—is asked by the Noble Families of Orak to figure out a way to defend their village, They were burned out 10 years before and do not want this disaster repeated. To sweeten the deal they give Eskkar the slave, Trella—a very bright 14 year old girl. Eskkar and Trella—soon to become husband and wife—make a great team. In six months they design and implement a way to defend the city. Change is always hard and leads to splinter groups who weaken the defense effort. The author provides lots of action, killing, political scheming, and some brutal torture. In the end the city folk hold off the invading barbarians. But—the barbarians promise to return. Trella and Eskkar will have more to do especially since they want to provide for their son—Sargon. Look for a sequel. The only weakness—Trella and Eskkar win too success almost too easily. ( )
  EssFair | Jun 12, 2008 |
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The leader of a band of marauding barbarians, Thutmose-sin is a warrior gifted by the gods with extraordinary perception and cunning. To survive, he and his people plunder and pillage, killing and enslaving the dirt-eaters who dwell in villages across the plains. But Thutmose-sin also secretly fears these enemies, for they possess a weapon far deadlier than any bow or lance: the food they coax from the ground that allows them to multiply. Someday, he worries, there might be so many of them that even his warriors will not be able to kill them all. And in a prosperous settlement near the headwaters of the Tigris, his suspicions are about to come true . . . Determined to preserve their way of life, the peaceful people of Orak refuse to flee the oncoming barbarians. Instead, they devise a bold, untested plan of defense: build a wall around the village high and strong enough to repel the invaders. Under the guidance of an outcast barbarian named Eskkar and his true love, an enchanting and wise slave girl named Trella, the villagers begin the wall's construction and await the epic battle that will pit them against the unstoppable barbarians - a battle whose outcome will change the world forever.

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