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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wednesday Challenge 040120

This week is my favorite series and why.


Casca: The Eternal Mercenary series. Casca Rufius Longinus, the soldier who stabbed Jesus in the side and becomes immortal. It was started by Barry Sadler who wrote the first four or five books then turned it over to ghost writers. Each book is set in a different time. They range from 1st century to the present with every time period and continent covered, except Antarctica.
This was the series of books that I got middle school boys to want to read.
When Sadler died there were a few books by different authors until Tony Roberts took over the series. He's now written around 25 of them. Warfare and battles are well written. The society and economy of the time period is also well done.


Kastania Chronicles series, by Tony Roberts: Empire of Avarice, Throne of Envy, Prince of Wrath, House of Lust, Patch of Pride and God's of Gluttony with more on the way. 
This series in the real deal when it comes to Byzantine politics and warfare. The family soap opera and talk about really nasty religious leaders, inept governors, traitorous nobles. This series delivers the goods. The kicker it that everything that's happening in these books is also happening today.


Dark Blade Series by Tony Roberts: Faerowen is half human and half dark elf. She lived in a small fishing village with her mother until the mother dies. Cast out of the village she sets out on a quest to find her father and follows clues he leaves her. She gets training in a school on how to fight and cast spells. Leaving the school after killing one of her instructors she adds her skills of fighting to different kingdoms and becomes a Queen of one of them. She is still finding artifacts her father's left her in order to unite the dark elves and retake the elven kingdom. The plot is simple, but the tale is complex and compelling and the writing is first rate.

My dual books in one now.

22 comments:

Lydia said...

Dark Blade does sound interesting!

My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favourite-book-series-and-why/

P M Prescott said...

For the elvish fantasy type of books it is by far the best out there., Lydia

Aymee said...

The Casca series sounds interesting!

My post

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Good choices!! Here's my post: https://wendizwaduk.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/favorite-book-series-with-meganslayer-books-reading/

Judy said...

Thanks for coming by earlier... these sound wonderful. Adding to my TBR list!

P M Prescott said...

If you love history, Aynee, they are really good.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for coming by, Megan.

P M Prescott said...

If you get to them, Judy, I think you'll like them.

Tena said...

Well, not one of the series you listed have I read. That's unusual. Guess, I'll be checking a few that struck my fancy out. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-4-1-20-favorite-books-series-why/

P M Prescott said...

Tena, hope you enjoy.

Michael Mock said...

I like your selection - particularly the Dark Blade series, as that sounds like very much my sort of thing. Thanks for dropping by earlier!

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for you dropping by, Michael.

Dixie Jackson said...

I have to pass some of these on to my hubby. They sound right up his alley and he's not been doing much pleasure reading since he's been in Paramedic school. Thanks for the ideas!

Kel James said...

I had the Dark Blade Series by Tony Roberts suggested to me once. I may have to add it to my long list of TBR.

Fiona McGier said...

My husband's favorite author is Christopher Moore, who writes funny and totally bizarre stories in at least a couple of different series'. I don't care for history tales, being more of a sci-fi fan myself. But it's always interesting to see what everyone else likes to read.

P M Prescott said...

Happy to oblige, Dixie.

P M Prescott said...

Kel, I think you'll enjoy it. I certainly have and am waiting for the next one.

P M Prescott said...

Not familiar with Christopher Moore, have to look him up, Fiona. I like Sci-fi too.

Cathryn Hein said...

Oooh, I like the sound of the Byzantine era books. Thanks Patrick.
Which reminds me, have you read Colleen McCulloughs Masters of Rome series? I think it might be right up your alley. Marvellous books.

P M Prescott said...

Cathryn, I have the whole set and have read all of them twice. Some more than that.

Tanith Davenport said...

A few here I haven't heard of - thanks!

P M Prescott said...

Thanks for coming by, Tanith.