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A book by Nicholas Guild

Set in ancient Ashur (called Assyria by Greeks), this absorbing epic novel dramatically portrays two royal half-brothers whose childhood camaraderie later gives way to acrimony and violence. Tiglath and Esarhaddon, sons of aging King Sennacherib, grow … see full wiki

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Author: Nicholas Guild
Publisher: Dell
1 review about Assyrian

Only of Middling Quality

  • Dec 10, 1999
Although this book is nicely written and quite readable (especially for those whose bent is toward historical fiction set in ancient days), it is, I fear, written with a very Hollywood sensibility. One can almost see the spectacle of armies on the field of battle beneath the walls of Babylon, the smoke and the fire and all the decadence of the Assyrian court up on the Big Screen. Perhaps that is no indictment but an end to be sought. But the tale did not rise above that particular vision I'm afraid and was of a rather stock sort. It was also replete with all the harshly sadistic sexual overtones we've come to expect from such Hollywood-type epics (as well as from the biblical portrayal of these times and cultures). Well, perhaps that was really how it was, who knows? But I was rather disappointed by the lifelessness of many of the characters. On the other hand the tale was nicely told and kept me reading. But the end was clearly a set-up for a sequel, one I declined to purchase and read. I'd had enough of the wronged Assyrian prince, Tiglath, victim of the machinations of the harem, rightful king but for the passion of one petulant woman-child and the coldly calculating schemings of his half-brother/best friend's mother. What a world. If this was how it was, then leave it to Hollywood. Hope Mr. Guild gets a film out of it. Ought to be a hit.

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