Alaric Longward avec The Oath Breaker: A Novel of Germania and Rome (Hraban Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition)
Hraban, the Raven, is a young Germani noble, born to the Marcomanni tribe during the reign of Augustus. Having never met his father, the ill-omened Maroboodus, and raised by his war-chief grandfather Hulderic, Hraban’s dream of the return of his famous father from Roman service suddenly becomes reality. Unfortunately, the return of his father also brings death and war to their village, and the malice or Rome follows his father and his rogue men like a shadow. Drusus, the famed Roman soldier prowls on the borders of Germania’s many tribes, and will surely lead the legions against them eventually. A hunted man, Maroboodus hopes to unite the nations against the threat, and he has brewed a desperate plan in his clever mind. His son Hraban, and Hraban’s brother Gernot, must weight their honor against the demands of their powerful, deceitful father, and find a way to survive the roles Maroboodus has chosen them in his grand scheme.
That scheme is also a desperate one. Maroboodus’s Roman ways are ill-suited for the Germani, and he is seen as an outsider, who still must convince them all to heed his wisdom. Maroboodus knows triumph against Drusus comes only from discipline so lacking in Germania, and survival hinges on a change in the old ways, and perhaps on the demise of those, who would not change anyway. So, men must die. Hraban’s task is to betray his own for his father’s vision, before Rome, the ever-hungry Wolf, turns south. While Drusus is busy in the north, subjugating the Chauci, and the Sigambri, Maroboodus must not only grasp power in the Marcomanni tribe, but to form a grand alliance of former and current enemies in the south. Then, he must defeat the tribe of the Matticati, staunch Roman allies. Hraban’s role, the one he must adopt in order to prove himself to Maroboodus, demands he must make, and break many oaths. If he succeeds, the Germani might be saved under the leadership of Maroboodus, and Hraban might finally find the favor of his father, if not his honor.
And yet, Hraban finds a surprising, hidden layer in the schemes of his father, and must ultimately decide between family, and the honorable ways of his ancient people.
The Oath Breaker is a story of Rome and Germania, and based on historical accounts of a period, when the fate of Germania was decided, and the foundation of the imperial Rome was built. It is a first book in a series that will take Hraban from the mysterious depths of the Black Woods to the illustrious, terrible Rome, and far beyond, as he seeks to avenge his lost kin and honor. Drusus, Tiberius, Livia, Augustus, and many other famous men and women will have their part to play in the story of the ancient legends. War, love, betrayal, and friendship alike can be found in this massive tale of the past. The brutal story of Hraban and his friends is one of Longward’s most powerful books.
The book contains graphic violence, and is not suited for a reader seeking a fast read.