- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books (1 Jan. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671877615
- ISBN-13: 978-0671877613
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,253,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thessalonica (Baen Fantasy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1997
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Artisan shoemaker and thinking man George becomes increasingly worried when the pagan forces of the Germanic tribes continue to threaten life in the Roman Empire, and he decides to risk everything for the sake of his people.
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Set in a period and place not usually covered by fantasy or alt-history writers, George, his friend Father Luke and the other citizens in their ancient hometown struggle for faith and direction in a Roman Empire still intact, deal with the waning power and influence of the indigenous pagan immortal creatures and confront the downright nasty demonic conjuring unleashed by Slavic invaders. I would have liked to see more detail of the Roman Empire alt-history timeline and point-of-departure events, but that wasn't the emphasis of this plot.
I would recommend the book to almost any sci-fi/fantasy reader. Despite the blatantly adult descriptions of certain situations, this story could be a great CG movie. It was also nice to see a plot involving spiritual power where Christians weren't portrayed as weak or indifferent to impending evil.
Now I'm not saying the book isn't enjoyable because it is but there is nothing that you read here that can't be read in any other(much better) Harry Turtledove book
However there was one part I just loved and that is why this book gets 4 stars instead of 3. I am refering to the very funny conflict resolution at the end of the story. Great way to handle that little problem!