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Lord of a Shattered Land

by Howard Andrew Jones

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"The Dervan Empire has at last triumphed over Volanus, putting the great city to the torch, its treasures looted, temples defiled, and fields sown with salt. What little remains of Volanus is scattered across the empire, its treasures plundered and its survivors sold into slavery. It is an absolute victory for the Dervans in every way but one. Hanuvar, last and greatest general of Volanus, still lives. He now travels the length of the Dervan Empire which conquered his homeland, driven by a singular purpose-to find what remains of his people that were carried into slavery across the empire, and free them from subjugation by any means necessary. Against the might of a vast empire, he had only an aging sword arm, a lifetime of hard-won wisdom, and the greatest military mind in the world, set upon a single goal. No matter what the Empire musters against him, no matter what man or monster stands in his way, from the empire's festering capital to its furthest outposts, Hanuvar would find his people, every last one of them. And he would set them free"--… (more)
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The aftermath of the Punic wars retold in a fantasy world
Hanuvar is modeled on Hannibal, and this novel imagines him in the aftermath of the fall of Carthage, seeking to free his enslaved and scattered people from the Dervans. Each chapter could be read as a short story, as Hanuvar and his playwright companion Sosilos encounter black magic, demons, and evil Dervan generals. The narrative moves along with Hanuvar, as he crosses an Alpine mountain chain, to enter the Dervan empire. The Dervans are Roman legionnaires in all but the exact name, with centurions, optios, a first spear, and tribunes. This was a good escape. ( )
  neurodrew | Dec 28, 2023 |
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"The Dervan Empire has at last triumphed over Volanus, putting the great city to the torch, its treasures looted, temples defiled, and fields sown with salt. What little remains of Volanus is scattered across the empire, its treasures plundered and its survivors sold into slavery. It is an absolute victory for the Dervans in every way but one. Hanuvar, last and greatest general of Volanus, still lives. He now travels the length of the Dervan Empire which conquered his homeland, driven by a singular purpose-to find what remains of his people that were carried into slavery across the empire, and free them from subjugation by any means necessary. Against the might of a vast empire, he had only an aging sword arm, a lifetime of hard-won wisdom, and the greatest military mind in the world, set upon a single goal. No matter what the Empire musters against him, no matter what man or monster stands in his way, from the empire's festering capital to its furthest outposts, Hanuvar would find his people, every last one of them. And he would set them free"--

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