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688 pages, Paperback
First published October 5, 2004
“If there is any lesson to be learned from history,it is that all too often the fate of armies,of cities,of entire realms rests upon the actions of one person's decision,good or bad,right or wrong,big or small,can unwittingly change the world.
But history can be quite the slattern.One never knows who that person is,where he might be,or what decision he might make.
It is almost enough to make me believe in destiny.”
“Tavi looked wildly around the courtyard,and when his gaze flicked toward them,his face lit with a ferocious smile."Uncle Bernard!Uncle Bernard!" he shouted,pointing at Doroga."He followed me home!Can we keep him?”
“The course of history is determined not by battles, by sieges, or usurpation, but by the individuals.”
“No enterprise of greatness begins with treachery, with lying to the people who trust and love you”
It’s basically a series of half a dozen books set two thousand years after a lost Roman legion travelled through a rift to a world where pokemon exist, and now the legionnaires live and work with pokemon, except they’re called “furies” (I’m not even making this up, he did it as a dare after being called on one of his assertions by a crowd at a convention: He said everything in writing is about execution. They said prove it. He said give me three crazy horrible topics and he would make something out of it. They said lost Roman Legion, Pokemon, and the Zerg. A year later he released Furies of Calderon).Needless to say, I knew I had to at least give it a try. And I liked it!
-D.R. Sylvester at www.drsylvesterfiction.com (who was kind enough to clue me in with this comment on one of my posts. You should check out his blog – it’s one of my favorites).