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.