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Misplaced Legion, The

Author(s): Turtledove, Harry Pages:
Publisher: Ballantine/Del Rey Date of Publication: 1987
Reading Level: Genre: alt-hist
Setting: alt China Period:
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Book 1 of Videssos Cycle, about an imaginary Roman legion lost in China. ÒA Roman legion gets transported to an alternate world that resembles Byzantium with a touch of magic.Ó (alt.rec.arts.books.hist-fiction, Kishore Krshna) --- ÒTurtledove conceived of the first four legion books as a series, not as four individual novels. They were published withing a few months of each other when they first came out and pretty much have an overarching story line.Ó--( Steven Silver) --- Òabout 1000 men from one of CaesarÕs legions are magically transported to a world of magic ... very similar to that of the Byzantine Empire in its middle period. The EmpireÕs primary enemy and allies are very parallel to those in the Byzantine period.Ó(Peter Dykhuis)
Unique Qualities:
Rating: Òan interesting study by a professor in Byzantine Studies on what classical Roman thinking and discipline would do to change the history of a Byzantine Empire. Very good read.Ó (Peter Dykhuis)

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