|Publication Date||September 5, 2011|
An international bestseller, The Assyrian is an epic of love and war set during the Seventh Century B.C. Two men, born of different mothers but both sons of the king, grow up as close friends and rivals for the lordship of the world.
Guild (The Berlin Warning) masterfully describes court intrigues and the feverish panorama of the battlefield, but the book’s abundant merit lies in its timelessness and universality. This story of a passionately moral man torn among amorous longings, the seductiveness of power, fraternal emotion and cognizance of his nation’s welfare holds many contemporary implications.
Guild, previously a crafter of sturdy political thrillers (Chain Reaction, the Berlin Warning, The Linz Tattoo) here switches genres to surpass himself in a stunning historical epic—the life and loves of a young Assyrian prince—that teems with violence, sex, and period detail. . . Tiglath makes a splendid centerpiece for Guild’s rich rendering of Assyrian life. All in all: an exciting, full-blooded epic peopled with dozens of memorable characters.