The Sword and the Shield of the Realm

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Florian Stone Wells, ١٥‏/٠١‏/٢٠٠٨ - 352 من الصفحات
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THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD OF THE REALM By FLORIAN STONE WELLS Part mystery and part alternative history, this novel debuts a magnificent historical saga, which takes the reader on a grand adventure during the religious, political, and economic maelstrom that is Eastern Europe in the middle of the 15th Century.The year is 1448 and the epic struggle between the Islamic Empire of the Ottomans and Christendom is at its height. Transylvania and Wallachia, the "sword and the shield" of the Kingdom of Hungary, are about to be invaded by an immense army under the banner of Sultan Murad II, the man who calls himself the Shadow of Allah upon the World.Lorian Comosicus, the heir to a legacy represented by a mysterious Draconic ring, and his twelve-year-old brother, Silvan, are sent across the border mountains to the fortress of Roter Turm with a secret message from the conspirators who killed Voievod Vlad Dracul of Valahia for pledging allegiance to the Ottoman Empire. After narrowly escaping capture by the Sultan's forces, the boys lose their way in the vast forests of Transylvania where they meet Sir Gregor Dahr Altair, an imperial knight who narrowly escaped from Roter Turm before it was destroyed by the Ottomans. Gregor is a powerful force within the Excubitors, a secretive fraternity of royal advisors, financiers, and merchants who could change the outcome of the war through their influential positions within the Ottoman Empire and Christendom. Learning Lorian's identity and mission, he leads the brothers ahead of the tempest, rushing to reach the great trading city of Hermannstadt before it is surrounded and destroyed by the Sultan's army.The period embraced in this saga generated one of the most dramatic turning points within the ever-changing geo-political divisions and intrigues of the time which can only be called, appropriately to the novel, Byzantine. Using scenes that are carefully and artfully presented lessons in history, the author takes us to a long-forgotten past which, in the intricate tapestry of human history, helped shape the world of today.This exceptional first novel, which will not only interest you in its own right but which will definitely leave you eager for the next installment, is enhanced with a comprehensive glossary that contains terms contemporary to the story and to relevant historical references and characters. The lexicon adds to the interest of the story line by allowing the reader to accurately relate to the people and events in the book.About the Author Florian Stone Wells' origins lie in Transylvania, not far from where the story begins. His early ancestors lived there as far back as the mid-14th century, and he was fortunate to spend a good part of his childhood in the same mountains where the ruins of Dracula's Castle remain today, and where the tale begins. At a very young age, he developed an avid interest in the Middle Ages and became a lifelong student of history, expanding his already vast knowledge with many years of study and research.After a ten-year hard-fought battle to escape Communist Romania and the repressive regime of Ceausescu, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1977 as a political refugee. In 1984, he became a United States citizen. His struggle as a political dissident and as a survivor of the Cold War Era is an extraordinary story in itself and, someday, he has plans to put it down on paper.
  

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A TWIST OF FORTUNE
1
THE RISING STORM
21
PREMONITION
35
TREADING THE PATH
45
REVENGE
49
BLOOD BROTHERS
63
THE LAND BEYOND THE FOREST
70
THE LONE RIDER
88
THE BANQUET
195
RING OF FIRE
214
TRIBULATION
223
THE ALLEY OF JOY
236
WELLTODO
254
THE BREACH
273
THE DIE IS CAST
285
LIBERATIO BESTIAAB BARATHRUM REGNUM
298

CHANCE ENCOUNTER
94
THE GIFT OF A HORSE
120
HERMANNSTADT
141
THE SECRET CONCLAVE
164
THE WILL OF ALLAH
307
GLOSSARY
315
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حول المؤلف (2008)

About the Author Florian Stone Wells' origins lie in Transylvania, not far from where the story begins. His early ancestors lived there as far back as the mid-14th century, and he was fortunate to spend a good part of his childhood in the same mountains where the ruins of Dracula's Castle remain today, and where the tale begins. At a very young age, he developed an avid interest in the Middle Ages and became a lifelong student of history, expanding his already vast knowledge with many years of study and research.After a ten-year hard-fought battle to escape Communist Romania and the repressive regime of Ceausescu, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1977 as a political refugee. In 1984, he became a United States citizen. His struggle as a political dissident and as a survivor of the Cold War Era is an extraordinary story in itself and, someday, he has plans to put it down on paper.

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