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The Dark Lord

Harlan, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0312865600 / ISBN 13: 9780312865603
Published by Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2002
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Title: The Dark Lord

Publisher: Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good-near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine-Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Tom Harlan brings his Oath of Empire series to a shattering conclusion in The Dark Lord.

In what would be the 7th Century AD in our history, the Roman Empire still stands, supported by the twin pillars of the Legions and Thaumaturges of Rome. The Emperor of the West, the Augustus Galen Atreus, came to the aid of the Emperor of the East, the Avtokrator Heraclius, in his war with the Sassanad Emperor of Persia. But despite early victories, that war has not gone well, and now Rome is hard-pressed. Constantinople has fallen before the dark sorceries of the Lord Dahak and his legions of the living and dead. Now the new Emperor of Persia marches on Egypt, and if he takes that ancient nation, Rome will be starved and defeated.

But there is a faint glimmer of hope. The Emperor Galen's brother Maxian is a great sorcerer, perhaps the equal of Dahak, lord of the seven serpents. He is now firmly allied with his Imperial brother and Rome. And though they are caught tight in the Dark Lord's net of sorcery, Queen Zoe of Palmyra and Lord Mohammed have not relinquished their souls to evil.

Powerful, complex, engrossing --Thomas Harlan’s Oath of Empire series has taken fantasy readers by storm. The first three volumes, The Shadow of Ararat, The Gate of Fire, and The Storm of Heaven have been universally praised, and the author was nominated for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1999 and 2000.

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Praise for Thomas Harlan's Oath of Empire Series

"[An] unusually fascinating epic about power and magic in the seventh century"—Kirkus Reviews on The Storm of Heaven

"In Campbell Award nominee Harlan's third, grittily realistic installation of the Oath of Empire series (Shadow of Ararat and The Gate of Fire), imperial Rome under Emperor Galen is simultaneously in the midst of war with Persia and fighting a new and God-aided battle against the forces of Mohammed the prophet. This is an epic novel, with lots of power-mongering, glorious battles and the fate of the Roman Empire squarely at the center. Harlan portrays the ancient Roman world in exquisite detail; the battle scenes in particular are so vivid you can almost taste the blood and dust."—Publishers Weekly on The Storm of Heaven

"This is undeniably a page-turner, one infused with a feel for the historical that bodes well for its successors."—Booklist on The Gate of Fire

"Set in a world in which the Roman Empire survives the barbarian invasions, Harlan's first novel features powerful and evocative prose as well as a strong cast of characters, a wealth of vivid detail, and a conclusion that leaves plenty of room for sequels. Highly recommended for fantasy collections."—Library Journal on The Shadow of Ararat

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