By Gary Jennings
From Publishers Weekly
In the hole pages of Jennings's ( Aztec ) significant, audacious historic novel concerning the Gothic conquest of the Roman Empire, Thorn, the hermaphrodite hero/heroine, is seduced first via a monk after which by means of a nun. Evicted from a monastery and a convent, Thorn is then schooled within the methods of the realm by way of the grumpy, blasphemous woodsman Wyrd. Rugged but delicate, often dressed as a guy, Thorn is to elim fragment raptorial (i.e., predatory) in his thirst for enthusiasts, female and male, and for experience. He serves as box marshal, sidekick and undercover agent for bloody Theodoric (A.D. 454-526), king of the Ostrogoths, depicted right here as a benevolent despot. For all its sexual titillation and gory battles, this majestically paced epic with its unconventional hero continuously rewards because it leads readers via unique byways of the fragmented Roman Empire, delving into pagan customs, Christian mysteries, corruption, slavery and the tolerant Arianism embraced by way of the Goths yet condemned by way of the Catholic Church as a heresy. in the course of the androgynous Thorn, attuned to the battle betwen the masculine and female aspects of his nature, Jennings subtly explores the gender-based roles imposed through society. Spiced with medieval style, the radical will captivate readers keen to dedicate themselves to a protracted, specified, occasionally ploddingly written yet finally intoxicating narrative.
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