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Stephen Baxter
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8 Feb 2007 GOLLANCZ S.F.

A woman gives birth to her child in a village in Northern England, the cold northern edge of the Roman Empire. As she struggles through a painful labour she begins to scream out a series of words in Latin. A language she has never heard before, much less spoken. One of the family recognises the words for what they are.

Only later does it become clear that the women has spoken a prophecy. A prophecy that relates to the death of the Emperor Constantine/ A prophecy that if enacted will change the fate of the Roman Empire and all of the future beyond it.

Stephen Baxter's new series takes ordinary individuals living at history's tipping points and presents them with a prophecy that challenges everything they believe about their world and prompts them to take action that could change it forever.

The fourth volume reveals the nature of the prophecies and reveals a battle that has been fought through the ages.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (8 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575079223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079229
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

Here are the Destiny's Children novels in series order:

Coalescent
Exultant
Transcendent
Resplendent

Time's Tapestry novels in series order:

Emperor
Conqueror
Navigator Weaver

Flood novels:

Flood
Ark

Time Odyssey series (with Arthur C Clarke):

Time's Eye
Sunstorm
Firstborn

Manifold series:

Time
Space
Origin
Phase Space

Mammoth series:

Mammoth (aka Silverhair)
Long Tusk
Ice Bones
Behemoth

NASA trilogy:

Voyage
Titan
Moonseed

Xeelee sequence:

Raft
Timelike Infinity
Flux
Ring
Vacuum Diagrams (linked short stories)
The Xeelee Omnibus (Raft, Timelike Infinity, Flux, Ring)

The Web series for Young Adults:

Gulliverzone
Webcrash

Coming in 2010:

Stone Spring - book one of the Northland series

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Review

A vividly convincing picture of a past world... the prophecy link gives the narrative a forward momentum remarkable in a book that spans four centuries. This is a character based novel that leaves you wanting to spend more time with its major players. Epic historical fiction laced with a science fiction premise. (Jonathan Wright SFX)

"This is Baxter at his best, writing his historical fiction with an SF sensibility, and proving that the genres are closer in style and creative demands than many readers realise." (Jon Courtenay Grimwood THE GUARDIAN)

"A hugely entertaining and exquisitely researched new departure." (BBC FOCUS)

"It's an effective series of Roman vignettes, with a portrait of Claudius that's far enough from the 'I Claudius' archetype to be interesting. " (STARBURST)

"A meticulously researched and often compelling historical saga." (Gary K Wolfe LOCUS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

A thrilling new series of counter-factual historical thrillers from an SF master. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner 28 April 2007
By bd_1971
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I couldn't put this book down from the very first page - Stephen Baxter has combined his usual powerful imagination and vivid writing with some fascinating historical research to create a really memorable and thought-provoking novel.

If you're interested in British history, the Roman empire, or the roots of modern religion then you'll love this. Actually that makes this sound a bit dry and it isn't - it's full of superb characters, action and adventure and an epic mystery spanning centuries. It also makes you think again about the nature of civilisation, empire, and nationhood.

I couldn't wait to read the next book after I finished this - Baxter has held back from revealing too much at this stage but this just makes me want more! I sense and hope that that there is one of Baxter's trademark mind-expanding conclusions coming up a few books down the line. I can't wait!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome's Changing Fortunes 17 Mar 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a book about the trials and tribulations of the Roman Empire. It tells the story of the Empire and it's ever expanding borders as each subsequent Emperor vows to bring even more land and conquered people under the yoke of Rome. Who can stand against the mightiest fighting force that the world has ever seen, the legions of Rome.

One of the far outpost of the Empire is Britain, a cold, damp island, where there is continual unrest and the legions have to be on there guard at all times. In one of the smoky, dark buildings the British call home, a woman is in the throes of childbirth. As the pain becomes worse she screams out some Latin words. The words are in a language the woman has never heard before, never mind spoken.

The words are scribbled down and it is only later it becomes clear that the woman has spoken a prophecy, a prophecy that foretells the death of an Emperor. A death that could change the fate of the Roman Empire and all of the future up until the present day . . .

The author has woven a wonderful tale of war and hate and the fortunes of Rome as they wax and then begin to wane. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, give me anything with Rome and the legions and I am in my element.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome's Changing Fortunes 15 Sep 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a book about the trials and tribulations of the Roman Empire. It tells the story of the Empire and it's ever expanding borders as each subsequent Emperor vows to bring even more land and conquered people under the yoke of Rome. Who can stand against the mightiest fighting force that the world has ever seen, the legions of Rome.

One of the far outpost of the Empire is Britain, a cold, damp island, where there is continual unrest and the legions have to be on there guard at all times. In one of the smoky, dark buildings the British call home, a woman is in the throes of childbirth. As the pain becomes worse she screams out some Latin words. The words are in a language the woman has never heard before, never mind spoken.

The words are scribbled down and it is only later it becomes clear that the woman has spoken a prophecy, a prophecy that foretells the death of an Emperor. A death that could change the fate of the Roman Empire and all of the future up until the present day . . .

The author has woven a wonderful tale of war and hate and the fortunes of Rome as they wax and then begin to wane. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, give me anything with Rome and the legions and I am in my element.
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This is a gripping tale like every one of Baxter's work I've read so far. This book will probably appeal more to the British as it covers that bit of history that seems to get glossed over, the decline of the Roman Empire. The thread of a temporal anomaly keeps the SF purist happy and the author's lovely English makes a for a few well-spent hours in this publication.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light Bedtime Reading 9 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
This story is little more than light bedtime reading that you can pick up and put down at a moments notice. It never really gets going and is more a chronicle of events set against the declining Roman Empire and emerging Christianity than a gripping novel that grabs your imagination and leads you to a climactic ending.

By the time I eventually reached the end I was still at a loss to understand the message that the author was trying to convey - because there is a message embedded in the story. Perhaps one has to be a believer to understand it though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing historical yarn 8 Mar 2011
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I've only read the first book in the Weaver saga, but it's really well written and conceived. I'm a sucker for historical fiction, especially those set within British history, and this one did not disappoint. It's an intriguing concept and I am keen to find out how it plays out across history in the rest of the books. I found the large cast of characters hard to follow in terms of who is related to who etc at times, but all in all a highly recommended historical fiction thriller.
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