Imagine a world in which the Roman Empire has not fallen and the North American continent has just been discovered.
In the year 1218 AD, the Emperor has sent Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and the 33rd Roman Legion into the newly discovered lands of North America. Marcellinus and his men expect easy victory over the native inhabitants, but on the shores of a vast river the Legion clashes with a unique civilization armed with weapons and strategies no Roman has ever imagined.
Forced to watch his vaunted force massacred by a surprisingly tenacious enemy, Marcellinus is spared by his captors and kept alive for his military knowledge. As he recovers and learns more about these proud people, he can’t help but be drawn into their society, forming an uneasy friendship with the denizens of the city-state of Cahokia. But threats—both Roman and Native—promise to assail his newfound kin, and Marcellinus will struggle to keep the peace while the rest of the continent surges toward certain conflict.
Alan Smale’s Clash of Eagles blends the ferocity of Roman culture with the ingenuity of Native American life into a thrilling alternate history. To celebrate the book’s release this month, we partnered with Del Rey for a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a hardcover copy of Clash of Eagles, the first book in an ongoing trilogy.
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