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The Light Bearer

Gillespie, Donna

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ISBN 10: 0425143686 / ISBN 13: 9780425143681
Published by Berkley Books, New York, 1994
Condition: Very good(+) Soft cover
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Octavo in bluish pictorial wrappers with clouds; (the Coloseum is not on the cover of this edition); 788 p.: map ; 23 cm. Very good(+) to near fine copy. Lightly edge and corner worn with a very small bump to first few leaves of pages; very light scratches to wrappers from handling; else tight copy; wrappers are clean; pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks, creases and foxing; edges are very lightly soiled from handling but are mostly clean; binding is tight and square. In English. || Inscribed and signed by author on title page; Abstract: "A romance between a barbarian woman-warrior and a Roman army officer. She is Auriane, chief of a Germanic tribe fighting Rome, he is Marcus Julianus, a philosophical type who is in opposition to Emperor Domitian. The two meet when Auriane is captured and is made to be a gladiator for the pleasure of spectators in the newly built Roman Colosseum. Together they plan a coup d'etat." **Extra shipping may apply for larger, heavier books and international orders.** First edition, first printing (full number line). Bookseller Inventory # 84744

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Title: The Light Bearer

Publisher: Berkley Books, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very good(+)

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Auriane, daughter of a Rhine River area chieftain in 50 A.D., must face her difficult destiny and lead her people against the invading legions of the Roman Empire. A first novel. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Quo Vadis for our times! Well, not exactly. It's been awhile since anyone tackled the Roman Empire as entertainingly as Gillespie has done in this book, a nearly-straight historical novel which should please readers of fantasy, too. Germanic Auriane is a combination of the noble, natural savage, and the heroine marked from birth for great deeds. Roman Marcus Julianus is the personification of the highest civilized, republican Roman values. Both are typical and atypical of their societies, fighting for what each believes to be just. Their individual struggles with the clashing Roman and Teutonic cultures are carried out in the Northern forests and in the salons and arena of Rome. Strongly- drawn characters, a setting both familiar and exotic (we all know something of imperial Rome, but very few of us are well-informed about it), a whiff of New-Age ancient mysticism, and a subdued but important romance subplot drive the sweeping novel of Auriane's growth and maturity and Rome's decadence.

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