Written by Gordon Doherty

420 pages



When the falcon has flown, the mountain lion will charge from the east, and all Byzantium will quake. Only one man can save the empire . . . the Haga!

1046 AD. The Byzantine Empire teeters on full-blown war with the Seljuk Sultanate. In the borderlands of Eastern Anatolia, a land riven with bloodshed and doubt, young Apion’s life is shattered in one swift and brutal Seljuk night raid. Only the benevolence of Mansur, a Seljuk farmer, offers him a second chance of happiness.

Yet a hunger for revenge burns in Apion’s soul, and he is drawn down a dark path that leads him right into the heart of a conflict that will echo through the ages.


I’ve been reading a lot about the Roman Empire lately since I’m writing my own historical novel about Caesar’s Rome. Both writers and readers seem to have a renewed interest in that fascinating era. I know I have. One of the things I most appreciated about Strategos is its focus on the Eastern Roman Empire when most books I’ve been reading focus on the west. Though they were both part of the Roman Empire, the two halves had very different personalities. Doherty has a knack for writing realistic, exciting battle scenes, and the well-woven plot kept me turning pages. I can’t think of anything more I could want from an historical novel. I’ve since discovered that Doherty has written other books, which I’ll be looking for. I would recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the Byzantine Empire, well-written battle scenes, and engrossing historical fiction.


Tracey Skeine is graduating with her degree in English Literature in June 2012. She is currently working on her first novel set in Caesar’s Rome.


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