- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Century (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846056101
- ISBN-13: 978-1846056109
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Conflict of Empires (Eskkar Saga) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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"Reminds me a lot of Wilbur Smith at his best. Beautifully imagined and researched adventure, with terrific action!" --Diana Gabaldon, author, "Outlander on Dawn of Empire"
"After the masterful "Dawn of Empire", he dazzles again with "Empire Rising". . . . a winner from the first page to the last. Highly recommended." --John Lescroart, author, "The Oath"
"If Bernard Cornwell and Diana Gabaldon decided to collaborate on a novel, the result would be something like this." --"Arizona Republic" on "Dawn of Empire" --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.
Sweeping Historical Saga in the tradition of Conn Iggulden, Bernard Cornwell and Jean AuelSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The last third of the book, when war actually starts, moves at a fast pace and makes the book difficult to put down. If you like sword, spear, and bow warfare you will enjoy this book.
If you like Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Wilber Smith, Clive Cussler you will love these books. if you havent read any of them yet get all three at one go and prepare yourself for reading them by doing all the housework and switching off the phones, lay in a supply of food 'coz you aint gonna wanna move from the chair
If you had read the first two in the series, then this one will be the cream on the cake, buy buy buy yo will not be dissapointed
Lots of action and political intrigue as the main characters exhibit wisdom and leadership skills that would be wholly appropriate today. In fact, I'm certain we would all be better off if these folks ran our government instead of the jokers we've elected.
If you are one of those people that hates to wait 2 years for the next Wilbur Smith book, pick up one or both of these books in the mean time. I'm not saying that Barone is as famous and widely read as Smith yet, but if you liked Sunbird or any of the Taita / River God / Quest series, you'll definitely enjoy these books. They take place in roughly the same time frame and across the desert from Egypt.
This cover is different, the blurb on the back is different, but the contents are the same.
So if you have Conquest of Empire don't but this!!!
If you haven't got Conquest... brilliant book...you should buy it.
This is the third book in the series, but each of his books stands well alone. Each with a good plot, engaging characters and lifelike scenarios...you can believe you are there amongst the characters, with human heros, ordinary folk and believable villians. Set in ancient times when the first civilisations were emerging and slowly setting up the requirements for easy, safe and innovative lives. Furthering their defences from marauders or invaders and even pre-emptive strikes.
So far we have seen Eskar, Trella and the citizens of Akkad see off a horde of Barbarians and route out a bunch of Egyptian usurpers. This time it is the expansion ambitions of neigbouring Sumeria that threaten the land between the two rivers.
I sensed a bit more ambition and seriousness to Barone's writing this time. The lad's own elements of graphic violence and sex were still there but not so visceral and plentiful as the previous books. The story was also told at a much more gradual and considered pace. The benefits of this were the growing feelings of anticipation and the better portrayal of political espionage. I did feel it just had a feignt whiff of padding in parts and I was more than ready for the war once it kicked off!
This brings me to biggest plus, Barone really does warfare extremely well. He has a great gift for illustrating all the battlefield and not just the bit where the main hero is stood. I felt I had a real picture and understanding of the events as they happened which made the story all the more believable. I also like the way he switches the point of view to the villians every now and then which is very effective at demonstrating the affects of the battle field tactics.
I do have one minor gripe, Trella really is a bit bit to good to be true. The very icon of idealised womanhood! Whilst we see Eskar puffing and panting, biting off a bit more than he can chew occasionally and feel his self doubts. Trelly glides serenley on being the perfect Queen, wife, mother, spy master, counsellor and the worlds downtrodden's friend.Read more ›
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I still enjoyed the story but was very surprised to find that I already had it under the title 'Conflict of Empires', when I buy other books of what promises to turn into an good... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2014 by Alex
I enjoyed reading this novel, I only wish that his novels were in order so far Kindle is still missing one novel I hope it will be available
This is the last volume of the series and it finishes with waring between Akkadians and a great enemy. Its a great story.Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by Ricardo Faria
I bought the book set some time ago, and read the first one 18months ago. It was ok but didn't inspire me to rush and read the next two books. Read morePublished on 16 May 2013 by mrogers
The story of the rise of Akkad together with its rulers, Eskkar and Trella continues with an epic tale of intrigue and action. Great series!Published on 2 April 2013 by Amazon Customer
Started with the first book and at first i stuggled to get intoit but after a while i couldnt put it down and now read all 3 and loved them all, a great read and nowgladididnt give... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by Vickers