Krispos the Emperor

Krispos had seized the throne of Videssos as scarcely more than a peasant youth.

Krispos the Emperor

Krispos had seized the throne of Videssos as scarcely more than a peasant youth. With wit, luck, and magic, he had held it through a generation of turmoil. But now came his greatest challenge, as he struggled to save his empire from tearing itself asunder. For a strange heresy had taken root in the land, spreading secretly among peasants and zealots, among the poor and among the traitors. And all too soon, hidden dissent flared into open revolt. When Krispos led his legions against the rebels, his three sons rode at his side. Phostis, eldest of the princes, was expected to follow Krispos to the throne. But it was Phostis who had given the heretics a hearing, and now it was Phostis who disappeared into the rebel ranks. As the renegades seized their day, Krispos waged ever more desperate war against and implacable foe that would not scruple to set brother against brother, father against son...

The Tale of Krispos

The dazzling story of a boy who rises from poverty and hardship to become the greatest leader his world has ever known KRISPOS RISING Born a ragged peasant, Krispos lives on the family farm until crushing taxes drove him from the land he ...

The Tale of Krispos

The dazzling story of a boy who rises from poverty and hardship to become the greatest leader his world has ever known KRISPOS RISING Born a ragged peasant, Krispos lives on the family farm until crushing taxes drove him from the land he calls home. With only a single gold piece to his name–a gift from a nomad chieftain who claimed it carried magic–Krispos heads for the imperial capital, Videssos, and into a world of peril and possibility. KRISPOS OF VIDESSOS Krispos’ reign as emperor of Videssos shows every sign of being brief and very bloody–for trouble is brewing. Civil war has erupted, and as rebel troops take the field against the untried emperor, outland raiders are sweeping down from the northlands in a tide of carnage. How long can Krispos hope to keep head and crown together? KRISPOS THE EMPEROR A strange heresy has taken root in the land and soon dissent flares into open revolt as Krispos faces his greatest challenge: To save his empire from tearing itself apart, he wages an evermore desperate war against an implacable foe, setting brother against brother and father against son.

Krispos of Videssos

Against all expectations, Krispos has won the crown of Videssos.

Krispos of Videssos

Against all expectations, Krispos has won the crown of Videssos. But how long could he hope to keep head and crown together? For trouble was brewing in every quarter. Civil war erupted under Petronas, the late Emperor's uncle. A brilliant general and a canny politician, Petronas had a very personal score to settle against the upstart Krispos. And even as rebel troops took the field against the untried Emperor, outland raiders swept down from the northlands in a tide of carnage. The power stemmed from foulest sorcery, and Videssos' wizards could not counter its evil curse. Krispos' reign showed every sign of being brief - and very bloody...

An Emperor for the Legion

Swords of the Legion (1987) Krispos 1. Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4.

An Emperor for the Legion

Tribune Marcus Scaurus, leader of a Roman legion that was mysteriously transported to a strange world of magic, decides to challenge Ortaias Sphrantzes, who has assumed the throne of Videssos, after using sorcery to murder the Emperor.

Krispos Rising

Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep.

Krispos Rising

Videssos was beset by enemies abroad and had fallen into decadence at home. But on his first night in the imperial capital, The Empires health mattered less to Krispos than finding a dry place to sleep.

Videssos Cycle Volume One

... Balance Homeward Bound THE VIDESSOS CYCLE Volume One: The Misplaced Legion An Emperor for the Legion Volume Two: The Legion of Videssos Swords of the Legion THE TALE OF KRISPOS Krispos Rising Krispos of Videssos Krispos the Emperor ...

Videssos Cycle  Volume One

Experience one of the most beloved series in fantasy—as could only be imagined by “the standard-bearer for alternate history” (USA Today). Harry Turtledove’s many New York Times bestsellers provide an intriguing take on history’s most crucial moments, but he honed his speculative talents in a different genre: fantasy. The Videssos Cycle is the perfect fusion of the two. Collected here are the first two novels of Turtledove’s one-of-a-kind saga, in which a Roman legion is transported to a strange realm where magic rules. THE MISPLACED LEGION In a duel for survival, the Roman military tribune Marcus Aemilius Scaurus raises his sword, blessed by a Druid priest, against a Celtic chieftain, who brandishes a blade of his own. At the moment the weapons touch, Marcus and his legion find themselves under a strange night sky, full of unfamiliar stars, where Rome and Gaul are unknown. They are in an outpost of the embattled Empire of Videssos—a world that will test their skill and courage as no soldiers have ever been tested before. AN EMPEROR FOR THE LEGION In the capital of Videssos, a coward and betrayer has seized the throne. There, behind great walls that have always made the city impregnable to storm or siege, he rules with the aid of dark sorcery. Overthrowing him seems impossible and the imperial army has already fled in panic from the savage victors. But there is no panic in the legion. Now Marcus Scaurus leads his men through the chaos and enemy hordes in search of winter quarters, to regroup and do the unthinkable: take the untakeable city.

Alpha and Omega

... Homeward Bound THE VIDESSOS CYCLE Volume One: The Misplaced Legion An Emperor for the Legion Volume Two: The Legion of Videssos Swords of the Legion THE TALE OF KRISPOS Krispos Rising Krispos of Videssos Krispos the Emperor THE TIME ...

Alpha and Omega

New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove reveals a new side of his potent imagination in a gripping speculative novel about the End of Days—and a discovery in the Middle East that turns the world upside down. What would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true? It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz, a secular archaeologist from Los Angeles, expects during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem. But perhaps higher forces have something else in mind when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America, a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv, and events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount. There, Eric is witness to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same again. Harry Turtledove is the master at portraying ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events, and what is more extraordinary than the incontrovertible proof that there truly is a higher force controlling human destiny? But as to what that force desires . . . well, that is the question.

Sentry Peak

Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4. Videssos Besieged (1998) Darkness 1.

Sentry Peak

When Avram became King of Detina, he intended to liberate the blonde serfs from their ties to the land. The northern provinces, who would not accept his lordship, seceded from Detina, choosing Avram's cousin, Grand Duke Geoffrey, as their king in his place. Avram refused to let Geoffrey rule the north and sent armies clad in grey against them. Geoffrey raised his own army, and arrayed his men in blue. Avram held the larger part of the kingdom, and the wealthier part, too. But Geoffrey's men were bolder soldiers. And the north, taken all in all, had better wizards than the southrons did. The war raged for almost three years, until Avram's General Guildenstern moved against the northern army under Count Thraxton the Braggart and his commander of unicorn-riders, Ned of the Forest, which held the town of Rising Rock, close by Sentry Peak. Both sides knew this was a crucial battle in the desperate war, but neither guessed just how crucial it would be...

Lee at the Alamo

... North Fox and Empire VIDESSOS The Misplaced Legion An Emperor for the Legion The Legion of Videssos Swords of the Legion Videssos Cycle (omnibus) Bridge of the Separator KRISPOS Krispos Rising Krispos of Videssos Krispos the Emperor ...

Lee at the Alamo

In the history we know, General Robert E. Lee felt compelled to fight on the Confederate side, because honor (as he saw it) forbade him to take up arms against Virginia, his native state. But what if the demands of honor had led him in the other direction altogether? Harry Turtledove, author of perhaps the most famous alternate-history novel about Robert E. Lee (The Guns of the South, 1992), here returns with Lee at the Alamo, a look at what the great military leader might have done under only slightly different circumstances. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Curious Notions

Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4. Videssos Besieged (1998) Darkness 1.

Curious Notions

In a parallel-world 21st-century San Francisco where the Kaiser's Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land. They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology - record players, radios, cassette decks - all of which is better than anything in this world, but only by a bit. Their real job is to obtain raw materials for our timeline. Just as importantly, they must guard the secret of Crosstime Traffic - for of the millions of parallel timelines, this is one of the few advanced enough to use that secret against us. Now, however, the German occupation police are harassing them. They want to know where the Gomeses are getting their mysterious goods. Under pressure, Paul and Lawrence hint that their supplies come from San Francisco's Chinese...setting in motion a chain of intrigues that will put the entire enterprise of Crosstime Traffic at deadly risk.

Videssos Besieged

Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4. Videssos Besieged (1998) Darkness 1.

Videssos Besieged

With the arrival of spring, the Emperor Maniakes vows to unleash his battle-hardened troops against the enemy capital, where a hated despot sits arrogantly upon the throne. But from the moment Maniakes reaches the land of the Thousand Cities, he is plagued by a question no one can answer. Where is his nemesis, the ruthless commander whose cavalry no opposing force can withstand? The answer is cataclysmic. In a bold tactical stroke, the enemy general has thrown his bloodthirsty army against the very gates of Videssos itself. Now besieger becomes besieged, as Maniakes struggles to avert total catastrophe...

Out of the Darkness

Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4. Videssos Besieged (1998) Darkness 1.

Out of the Darkness

As the Derlavaian War rages into its last and greatest battles, allied nations manoeuvre for positions against each other in a postwar world. But before that time can come, the forces of Algarve, Unkerlant and their allies must clash a final time, countering army with army and battle magic with ever-more-powerful battle magic. In the midst of it all, the people the war has battered and reshaped must struggle to face their greatest individual challenges, as loves are shattered and found, terrible crimes avenged...and some journeys end forever. And the end of the war may not bring peace...

The Breath of God

An Emperor for the Legion (1987) 3. The Legion of Videssos (1987) 4. Swords of the Legion (1987) Krispos 1. Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2 ...

The Breath of God

Once the great Glacier enclosed the Raumsdalian Empire. Now it's broken open, and Count Hamnet Thyssen faces a new world. With the wisecracking Ulric Skakki, the neighboring clan leader Trasamund (politely addressed as Your Ferocity), and his lover, the shaman Liv, Hamnet leads an exploration of the new territory in hopes of finding the legendary Golden Shrine. But dangers abound. A violent and implacable group known as the Rulers has already killed many, and now they attack again. Riding deer and woolly mammoths and using powerful magic, the Rulers triumph and force the Raumsdalians to flee. In the spring another battle ends even more badly for Hamnet's side, but the Glacier is also retreating, so they are able to escape. Meeting a tribe whose desperate living conditions have led them to overcome the Raumsdalian taboo against eating fallen foes, they find unexpected allies. Now, returning to the capital city and its intrigues, Hamnet prepares to lead an army against the merciless Rulers. The world, once so bounded and comprehensible, will never be the same...

Down in the Bottomlands And Other Places

An Emperor for the Legion (1987) 3. The Legion of Videssos (1987) 4. Swords of the Legion (1987) Krispos 1. Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2 ...

Down in the Bottomlands  And Other Places

In the real world, the Mediterranean basin dried up several times, only to refill again. If it hadn't, what's really sea bottom would have become the most savage desert in the world. Mild-mannered Radnal vez Krobir likes it that way. When his kingdom's enemies try to shake down the Barrier Mountains and let the Atlantic in, he has to stop them - or else drown along with everything he holds dear.

Return Engagement

... Colonization: Aftershocks THE VIDESSOS CYCLE The Misplaced Legion An Emperor for the Legion The Legion of Videssos Swords of the Legion THE TALE OF KRISPOS Krispos Rising Krispos of Videssos Krispos the Emperor THE TIME OF TROUBLES ...

Return Engagement

“[Harry Turtledove] handles his huge cast with admirable skill. The insights into racial politics elevate this novel to a status above mere entertainment, although it provides that aplenty.”—Publishers Weekly It’s 1941, and an alliance of peace holds in check the most powerful nations of the world—but it is an uneasy peace. Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory. Behind this façade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to explode. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse. Opposite him is Al Smith, a Socialist U.S. president in the Philadelphia White House. Smith is a living symbol of hope for a nation that has been through the hell of war and depression. Featherston and his Freedom Party are determined to conquer their Northern neighbor at any cost. After crushing a Negro rebellion in his own nation, Featherston sends Confederate army planes to attack Philadelphia. In the aftermath of the CSA blitzkrieg, the war machine spins a vortex of destruction, betrayal, and fury that no one—not even Jake Featherston himself—can control. “Turtledove plays heady games with actual history, scattering object lessons and bitter ironies along the way. [Return Engagement features] strong, complex characters against a sweeping alt-historical background.”—Kirkus Reviews “Another absorbing installment of [Turtledove’s] character-centered alternate-history saga.”—Booklist

The Legion of Videssos

An Emperor for the Legion (1987) 3. The Legion of Videssos (1987) 4. Swords of the Legion (1987) Krispos 1. Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2 ...

The Legion of Videssos

Since the Roman legion had been mysteriously transported to a world of magic, tribune Marcus Scaurus had served the rulers of war-torn Videssos well. He had ousted the Pretender and put Thorisin Gavras on the throne. That made him a hero. But in Rome or Videssos, Fortune was a fickle goddess. Now he and the legion were returning in triumph to the city of Videssos after defeating a powerful army of rebel mercenaries. But Marcus, betrayed by the one closest to him, was seized, dragged before the Emperor and questioned under the truth drug like a traitor. In court, only Alypia Gavra stuck by him - but consorting with the Emperor's niece was dangerous. It could lead to exile - or death! Yet Alypia was beautiful. And Marcus was lonely...

Werenight

Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2. Hammer and Anvil (1996) 3. The Thousand Cities (1997) 4. Videssos Besieged (1998) Darkness 1.

Werenight

From out of the savage North, ruled by Gerin the Fox, a tribe possessed by a wizard - who is himself possessed by the Book of Shabeth-Shiri - descends on the Southern Empire.

Bombs Away

... Aftershocks THE VIDESSOS CYCLE Volume One: The Misplaced Legion An Emperor for the Legion Volume Two: The Legion of Videssos Swords of the Legion THE TALE OF KRISPOS Krispos Rising Krispos of Videssos Krispos the Emperor THE TIME OF ...

Bombs Away

In his acclaimed novels of alternate history, Harry Turtledove has scrutinized the twisted soul of the twentieth century, from the forces that set World War I in motion to the rise of fascism in the decades that followed. Now, this masterly storyteller turns his eyes to the aftermath of World War II and asks: In an era of nuclear posturing, what if the Cold War had suddenly turned hot? Bombs Away begins with President Harry Truman in desperate consultation with General Douglas MacArthur, whose control of the ground war in Korea has slipped disastrously away. MacArthur recognizes a stark reality: The U.S. military has been cut to the bone after victory over the Nazis—while China and the USSR have built up their forces. The only way to stop the Communist surge into the Korean Peninsula and save thousands of American lives is through a nuclear attack. MacArthur advocates a strike on Chinese targets in Manchuria. In actual history, Truman rejected his general’s advice; here, he does not. The miscalculation turns into a disaster when Truman fails to foresee Russia’s reaction. Almost instantly, Stalin strikes U.S. allies in Europe and Great Britain. As the shock waves settle, the two superpowers are caught in a horrifying face-off. Will they attack each other directly with nuclear weapons? What countries will be caught in between? The fateful global drama plays out through the experiences of ordinary people—from a British barmaid to a Ukrainian war veteran to a desperate American soldier alone behind enemy lines in Korea. For them, as well as Truman, Mao, and Stalin, the whole world has become a battleground. Strategic strikes lead to massive movements of ground troops. Cities are destroyed, economies ravaged. And on a planet under siege, the sounds and sights of nuclear bombs become a grim harbinger of a new reality: the struggle to survive man’s greatest madness. Praise for Bombs Away “A fascinating and compelling story of real people caught in forces beyond their control . . . [Harry Turtledove is] the unrivaled monarch of alternate history.”—Analog “Turtledove is an undisputed centerpiece of the alternate-history genre, and now, to his already grand display, he’s adding the ambitious tale of a WWIII that could have happened.”—Booklist “This is Turtledove at his best.”—SFRevu “Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict.”—Kirkus Reviews

After the Downfall

An Emperor for the Legion (1987) 3. The Legion of Videssos (1987) 4. Swords of the Legion (1987) Krispos 1. Krispos Rising (1991) 2. Krispos of Videssos (1991) 3. Krispos the Emperor (1994) Time of Troubles 1. The Stolen Throne (1995) 2 ...

After the Downfall

1945: Russian troops have entered Berlin, and are engaged in a violent orgy of robbery, rape, and revenge... Wehrmacht officer Hasso Pemsel, a career soldier on the losing end of the greatest war in history, flees from a sniper's bullet, finding himself hurled into a mysterious, fantastic world of wizards, dragons, and unicorns. There he allies himself with the blond-haired, blue-eyed Lenelli, and Velona, their goddess in human form, offering them his knowledge of warfare and weaponry in their genocidal struggle against a race of diminutive, swarthy barbarians known as Grenye. But soon, the savagery of the Lenelli begins to eat at Hasso Pemsel's soul, causing him to question everything he has long believed about race and Reich, right and wrong, Übermenschen and Untermenschen. Hasso Pemsel will learn the difference between following orders... and following his conscience.

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

This series includes Krispos Rising (1991), Krispos of Videssos (1991), and Krispos the Emperor (1994). Early in his career as a novelist, Turtledove sometimes veered into fairly conventional science fiction territory, ...

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature

This dictionary covers the history of Science Fiction in literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries including significant people; themes; critical issues; and the most significant genres that have formed science fiction literature.