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King and Emperor (Hammer and the Cross Book 3)

King and Emperor (Hammer and the Cross Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Harrison , Tom Shippey
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"A powerful climax to one of the most satisfying alternate histories I've read in teh last six years."--"Locus"

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Shef, the One King, is a visionary and warrior. His accomplishments have changed the history of the Dark Ages as we know it - he has defeated the English, the Pope's army and the Norse in turn. Now, he must face the reborn power of the Holy Roman Empire.
While the Gods of Asgard continue to use him as a plaything Shef must defeat Bruno, the German emperor, who wields the Holy Lance which pierced Christ's side. The terrible invention of Greek Fire threatens Shef's fearsome Viking navy, and he must turn to the East to seek new wisdom. Finally, his quest may lead him to the Holy Grail itself.
As Harry Harrison's highly-acclaimed series reaches its climax, not even the gods can predict victor and vanquished.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (26 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F50EKWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The last book in a trilogy based on an alternate 7th-8th century Britain. Where one half viking / Britain has a vast kingdom and confronts the Christian Church and Emperor in Europe. I thoroughly enjoyed the book although the ending is viewed by many as a parody of the Bible. It still begs the question why didn't these inventions get created then? Why did it take so long to change views and opinions from pagans and christians alike?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, Pity about the ending though. 27 Feb 1999
By Michael Akinde ( - Published on
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A pity that this book does not measure up to the rest of the series. Harrison gets obsessed with the "oppressiveness" of Christianity, and the story seems to end up more as a sermon, than a novel. The "Way", while an interesting read in alternate history, becomes increasingly unrealistic as the story progresses - and Shef's portrayal as a Christ figure increasingly obvious.
It's the ending that spoils the story, though. The wrap-up is short - and frankly, quite unrealistic. Harrison gets carried away by his vision of a different dark-ages world, and turns it utopian. Read it, if you read and liked the previous two novels - but don't expect it to measure up to the others.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a different Universe 25 Nov 2000
By Maximiliano F Yofre - Published on
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I've enjoyed this third volume of "Hammer & the Cross" saga greatly. First I want to point out how Harrison starts from an universe deeply rooted in early middle ages in the first volume and end in a completely different environment, created by the new facts and actions performed by Shef and his pals.

In "King and Emperor", the human dimension of each character grows and they are confronted with moral and ethical dilemmas. Shef, Svandis, Cwicca, Thorvin, Bruno, Brand and the rest (even the crooked Erkenbert) has to choose between different actions in order to proceed. Still is a novel full of action, adventure and entertainment. In my personal point of view, some aspects of Svandis cuasi Freudian dream explanations are out of context. I don't agree with other reviewers, in their appreciation of an abrupt and rash ending of the novel. The confrontation between Bruno and Shef is well paced and reach a "logical" ending.

The overall background of examining different religious beliefs is provoking, but each reader may extract it's own conclusions without being forced by the author to take sides or accept his points of view.
A great book!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start, poor finish. 7 Feb 2000
By Stephen Wortley - Published on
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The Hammer and the Cross started a potentially excellent series; the premise, the rediscovery of lost technology, together with the inclusive approach to religion, offered a more than competent and generally exciting author vast scope to demonstrate his powers. Having made the first book so intriguing that I could hardly wait for the second, I was delighted with "One king's way" - not only were the situations in the first volume moved towards a resolution {albeit by largely dropping the female interest in tH&C}, but fascinating new creatures were introduced. The third volume seemed to drop most of the original themes to concentrate on one, which proved least interesting. There was a conclusion to the story, but it seemed to me, at least, that the author had lost interest and commitment to the project. After an enthralling beginning and a strong middle movement, the orchestra went home.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Old Favorites 5 April 2002
By A. Holt - Published on
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I love this trilogy, from the start of book one to the end of book three, the historical aspects are pointed out in a way that fits as part of the story and they don't overthrow the plot, lending the books a very authoritative tone. The Characters are great, (Brand is one of my favorites) and there's plenty of action. What I like best about these books is that Harrison really makes you feel inside the story, the way he handles the characters attitudes towards each other and their surroundings really makes you feel like you're right with them weather it's Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia, The Frankish Empire, Muslum Spain or what's left of Rome. As for character development, Harrison has a great way of using the third-person point of view in a way that can convey things unknown to the characters yet at the same time the tone of the narrative is flavored with the particular character's personality, culture and view of their surroundings, helping the reader understand more fully the motives and inhibitions of the people he describes. I read these back in high school and loved them then as much I still do now.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a big let down 2 May 1999
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after reading the 1st 2 books of the trilogy I was expecting a story of similiar caliber. While the book was interesting it was not on the same level as the 1st 2 books in the trilogy. The main players acted all out of charecter compared to the previous 2 books. The last 1/3 of of the book seem to be rushed & slapped together; the final battle was dissappointing to say the least. If you're a big fan of the triology, get the book to complete the loop; otherwise don't bother.
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