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Title:
The falcon of Sparta
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9781643130569
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First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
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New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.

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432 pages : map ; 24 cm
Summary:
In an ancient Persian empire torn by civil war, the young soldier Xenophon leads his decimated Spartan army in a confrontation against the legendary warriors of Artaxerxes II.
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Conn Iggulden, the New York Times bestselling author of the Emperor, Conqueror, and Wars of the Roses series, returns to the ancient world with a ferociously violent epic.401 BC. In the ancient world, one army was feared above all others. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. Though the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones . . .Yet battles can be won--or lost--with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spar- tans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food, and without water.Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes's legendary Persian warriors.


Author Notes

Conn Iggulden is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the most popular historical novelists working today. He is the author of The Abbot's Tale and has written three bestselling historical series, including his "Wars of the Roses" saga. Conn lives in London.


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Booklist Review

It's not easy being the king's brother, especially when he earmarks you for execution. Fearing a potential rival for the throne of Persia, King Artaxerxes follows his late father's advice and orders his younger brother, Cyrus, be put to death. Backed into a corner, the heretofore loyal Cyrus raises an army of Greek mercenaries and rebels, challenging the mighty Persian army. In true Iggulden fashion, swords clash and blood flows as extreme sibling rivalry plays out and reaches a brutal climax. Facing seemingly insurmountable odds on the battlefield, the hardscrabble followers of Cyrus also struggle to survive the elements and ever-dwindling food and other supplies. After Cyrus dies a hero's death, legendary soldier, philosopher, and historian Xenophon assumes the mantle of leadership, defying the odds by strategically evading the superior forces of the omnipresent Persians to guide the legendary Ten Thousand home. The remarkably prolific and popular Iggulden returns to the ancient world after his War of Roses novels and does his usual outstanding job of fictionalizing historically significant military events.--Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2019 Booklist


Library Journal Review

A fraternal bloodletting in ancient Persia draws into its swirl a number of mercenaries from the Greek city-states, as the prelude to a historic battle and escape. Set at the end of the fifth century BCE, as King Darius dies, Iggulden's story mainly follows the king's second son, Cyrus, as he schemes to take the throne from his elder brother. As governor of the western provinces, Cyrus pays for a number of Spartan and other Greek troops to join his loyal Persian forces in a royal face-off. The soldiers, with their families and others, march the length of Asia Minor to confront Artaxerxes. The attempt fails; Cyrus and the chief Greek generals are killed. It falls to the philosopher-politician Xenophon to save the remaining men, women, and children, and write the history of the March of the Ten Thousand. ­VERDICT A rousing retelling of a singular event, as seen through the eyes of three leaders on a momentous trek, this latest historical novel by Iggulden (The Abbot's Tale; "Wars of the Roses" series) will be of interest to both young and old readers of military and ancient history.-W. Keith ­McCoy, Somerset Cty. Lib. Syst., Bridgewater, NJ © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.