The pair make it to the city and are turned away, despite bringing news of Jesse, because of Snake's mention of cloning. They attempt to head back toward the healers, but must shelter in a cave to wait out the desert storms. Once they are over and they start back, they are again attacked by the crazy, who Snake ends up capturing. He is after her dreamsnake, having become addicted to its venom after being bitten many times by many snakes.
Snake can think of no place that the man would be able to be bitten by so many snakes and is intrigued. She makes him bring them to North and the broken dome where the crazy said it all happened. At the dome, Snake and Melissa are captured by North, who recognizes her as a healer against whom he bears a grudge as a result of his gigantism; they could have prevented this if he had had treatment as a child.
He puts them both in a large, cold pit filled with dreamsnakes. Snake keeps Melissa held above the snakes to prevent her from continuously being bitten, herself protected by her many years of being bitten.
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After, North takes Melissa away and forces many dreamsnakes to bite Snake until she is drugged and passes out. Snake comes to and observes the dreamsnakes, finally understanding how they breed. She manages to escape the pit, finding all North's henchmen asleep in dreamsnake dreams. North himself is awake, but shrinks back when threatened by a dreamsnake, having never been bitten himself, then relents. Snake finds Melissa and escapes back to the horses, where they are met by Arevin and safety.
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Hugo Award for Best Novel. The Sword in the Stone by T. White Slan by A. Heinlein Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury How would Grumper view such a step? What had he to offer her? Just a penniless orphan. Apart from Grumper's generosity he owned a single five-pound note in money. Snake and Sword Author s: A Novel Author s: Historically The Greeks in Rome help spread Christianity in this wonderful introduction to fiction by Taylor Marshall. Historically accurate using many Latin word to help readers learn the Latin used in the church.
Explore the world of Jurian, the future St.
George as he journeys to Rome to become a Legionnaire like his father, later to become a slayer of Dragons and the spreader of Christianity. Great work Taylor hope it doesn't take 8 years for you to come out with further adventures of our great saints. Nov 25, 1timothy3: I was initially sceptical about this book, not because of the author who has written many fine books, only because I haven't read fiction in years.
I'm now glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book brings alive the sounds, smells, and food of the Roman Empire, and the characters are all very believable. Set in the early days of Christianity, it focuses on the life of the young St. George, and his family struggling with the persecution of the emperor Diocletian against the Christians. If yo I was initially sceptical about this book, not because of the author who has written many fine books, only because I haven't read fiction in years.
If you are looking for a good book for Christmas I would definitely recommend this book. Nov 25, Ce rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is the first saint fiction book I read and I was truly pleased. Marshall has a good writing style that to picture the whole lecture as a movie in my head was very easy. Forget about regular super heroes! Despite being a fiction book about Saint George, this is the type of tale you want to read to little children or gift a friend.
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I'm counting that this won't be the last of St. George and hopefully we get to read other tales from other saints. More books like this are needed for younger gene It is the first saint fiction book I read and I was truly pleased. More books like this are needed for younger generations! Nov 25, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I was hesitant about accepting an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review because I was afraid it would not be very good, but it was! This was a thoroughly enjoyable read with well-developed characters who I am looking forward to reading more about as this series unfolds.
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Nov 25, Lisa J. This exciting retelling of the life of St. George captured my attention throughout the novel. While concerned with Christians, the book avoids the error of trying to preach, instead letting the characters' own struggles with life and belief inform the novel with believable, not saccharine, faith. For students of classical times, the book is also filled with little gems that warrant only a scarce mention, but which awaken so much more for those who know the events being described.
In addition, La This exciting retelling of the life of St. In addition, Latin students will enjoy the Latin terms sprinkled throughout the book, and there is a glossary for those unfamiliar words. In other words, the usage of Latin is light, so definitely not necessary to know to enjoy this book. The novel manages to be realistic, covering the persecution of Emperor Diocletian's time, without being needlessly graphic about the suffering and death that occurs in the book. Sensitive youth would not enjoy this book, but mature teens will probably find this book gripping and exciting.
But I don't want to give the wrong impression. This is not just a "page turner" to be put down with a satisfied sigh and then forgotten. The book covers themes like the meaning of suffering, the purpose of life, and the value of the things we serve.
Is it possible to die well? Without giving anything away, I'll mention that the book follows the lives of Jurian the future St. George , his sister Mari, and Sabra a priestess of Moloch. While Jurian and Mari begin the story miles away from Sabra, incidents somehow bring them together and join their lives. This cutting back and forth between the two stories increases the interest, and I found myself waiting to see how the two stories would eventually intertwine. I found this book a satisfying read and can heartily recommend it. Nov 24, Therese Dougherty rated it it was amazing.
Sword and the Serpent is a re-imagining of the story of St. George and the dragon.
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It is set in the time of the late Roman Empire, not long before the empire falls apart. Sword and the Serpent is a page turner! Not only a fast-paced and well developed story with good values, but with people you care about. The descriptions are well written and historically accurate. It feels like you're really there. Using the Roman naming conventions, a number of other characters also were called by several names.
A few saints Christopher, Blaise, and Nicholas from early Christianity are part of the action. At one point I was a little uncomfortable with the violence with Sabra and later with her slave, but the violence was not gratuitous, but an integral part of the story. The fourth century AD was a violent time, especially if you were a Christian. The author crafted his story well enough to let us recognize what he wanted us to understand without hitting us over the head with it.
Marshall is a Catholic writer, this story is not specifically religious. I will be buying at least two copies for Christmas giving. Nov 25, Valerie Giggie rated it it was amazing. A retelling of the story of St. George and the dragon, this is not a stale re-hashing but a historical novel filled with intrig Dr. George and the dragon, this is not a stale re-hashing but a historical novel filled with intrigue, suspense, dialogue, action, friendship, and even some romantic tension.
Delightfully, some other saints not declared as such and Excalibur appear whose stories are masterfully woven into the plot, creating a magnificent tapestry of saints and heroes, soldiers and slaves, villains and comrades, history and prophecy. The novel climaxes with an intense battle with the dragon during which Jurian realizes that he is completely outmatched but that he need not rely on himself alone.
In it, the reader meets selfish cowards, selfless defenders, and honest questioners. The one thing lacking in the book was a map detailing the adventurous travels of the protagonist and his companions. However, a map is included in the special limited-edition version of the first 3, printed copies.
The only other disappointment with this book is that it came to a conclusion. Nov 26, Ryan Ashley rated it it was amazing. As a devotee of historical fiction, I think this book is an excellent addition to the Roman Empire fiction genre of the likes of Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden. While many other historical fiction novels of this period tend to focus on well known wars and Roman political characters of antiquity like Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, or Hannibal of Carthage, this novel takes a decidedly different track in the story that it weaves with historical characters that are often not on the radar of historical fi As a devotee of historical fiction, I think this book is an excellent addition to the Roman Empire fiction genre of the likes of Ben Kane and Conn Iggulden.
While many other historical fiction novels of this period tend to focus on well known wars and Roman political characters of antiquity like Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, or Hannibal of Carthage, this novel takes a decidedly different track in the story that it weaves with historical characters that are often not on the radar of historical fiction authors or historians of antiquity in general. A novel delving into the religious facets of Ancient Rome, particularly the early Christian, is an angle that Roman historical fiction as a genre has not really delved into much or mined particularly well.
Other than occasional references to libations to the gods or perhaps a sacrifice to the local deity of choice, most of the fiction written on the Rome of Antiquity is largely ignored or glossed over by authors of the genre. I have always found this a particularly glaring omission as religion was a very powerful force in Ancient Rome both with the rise of Christianity but also the various and often secret cults to the gods, both Greco-Roman and Ancient Egyptian that sprung up in popular culture of the waning years of the Roman Empire.
Religion was filling a spiritual hole in the populace that the waning Roman Empire was no longer able to satiate. This novel delves into that topic in a very interesting way. Despite the title, all the major characters are not, in fact, Christian when they are introduced.
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The major female character is actually a priestess in a non-Christian secret religious cult. All these religious threads weave a page turning tale of intrigue that really does justice to the religious elements of the Roman Empire that most fiction of the genre does not do justice. Nov 25, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this first work of fiction by Dr Taylor Marshall! He has definitely hit a home run in his very first at bat! The character development was excellent and the story progresses at a rate that you want to keep the pages turning.
We were given seven days to read this manuscript and I would be surprised if anyone utilized that timeframe. I'm going to keep my review vague and generic on purpose as I want you to have the same experience I had reading the Sword and the S I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this first work of fiction by Dr Taylor Marshall! I'm going to keep my review vague and generic on purpose as I want you to have the same experience I had reading the Sword and the Serpent for the first time.
The story starts as two separate stories running parallel with each other. This makes it very very interesting as both stories are page turners in and of themselves. I was hanging in suspense for when and if they were going to intersect. It is heavy on the Latin in the opening pages but there is a glossary to help with that; it lightens up later in the novel. I absolutely loved how Dr. Marshall inserted new characters and having "ah hah" moments when I realized "hey that's Saint so and so"!!
I liked how when the two storylines did come together it was seamless and unpredictable. This is a work of fiction but there is a lot of factual information throughout the story. The individual lives of each Saint is conflated with the other so nicely that it makes it very believable. I enjoyed all the little touches, there was even some bilocation to keep things interesting! Even though the ending screams sequel it didn't leave the present story hanging. I actually really loved the ending with the nice bow to wrap it up and the subtle "stay tuned"! I very much look forward to further adventures with Saint George!!
Nov 25, Chris rated it it was amazing. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Marshall does what few authors these days do: Set in the ancient world, "Sword and Serpent" traces the adventures of Jurian as he attempts to overcome his family's shame and join the Roman Legionnaires. What happens, ultimately, is that he ends up in Cyrene armed with I can't recommend this book highly enough. What happens, ultimately, is that he ends up in Cyrene armed with the sword Excalibur and a spear which contains a relic of great power to do battle with an evil spirit in the form of a dragon.
Along the way he meets several friends such as Menas, Blaisios, and Nickolaos. Modern readers would recognize Jurian as St. George while the other characters mentioned are St. Marshall does an admirable job combining action, intrigue, an examination of the self sacrificial nature of love, etc. While there are plenty of things in this book that would make a reader of fantasy intrigued the book is firmly grounded in history and the presentation of the ancient world is such that the modern reader gets a feeling of actually being there.
His characters are human, with human motivations and reactions. Marshall avoids the twin problems of many authors when dealing with religious figures: The end of the book is open for a sequel and it will be one that is warmly welcomed by the reader. Nov 25, Robert Zimmerman rated it it was amazing. This historical fiction was truly a joy to read! A Christian adventure for children and adults alike. Reading through it was like being there myself, not from being loaded with extensive environmental descriptions but a well written storyline. Almost like it is my story to live.
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For much of the book, there were 2 parallel plots taking place. And every time it switched to the other, my thoughts were "Nooo!! They come together in a gentle, fluidic fashion, to eve This historical fiction was truly a joy to read! They come together in a gentle, fluidic fashion, to eventually face a dragon. The leading character on both sides of the story are encountering life-changing events. Confusion, loss, uncertainty, what does the future hold?
All throughout the characters seem trapped within their particular situation, but they are not alone and Providence has something else in mind. There are many examples to provide self-reflection, the burden of sin, to learn virtue in action, and how God can guide us if only we trust Him by faith and not by sight. I highly recommend reading this, especially with your children.