In the Shadow of the Sword

With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time, Holland ties the exciting story of Islam's ascent to the crises and controversies of the present.

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Abacus Software

ISBN: 9780349122359

Category: Islam

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In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world. But the changes that marked the period were more than merely political or even cultural: there was also a transformation of human society with incalculable consequences for the future. Today, over half the world's population subscribes to one of the various religions that took on something like their final form during the last centuries of antiquity. Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god to think or behave in a certain way, they bear witness to the abiding impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age - though as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe about the origins of their religion is open to debate. In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen.

Das Lied des Blutes

Vaelin Al Sorna, der berühmteste Gefangene des Reichs und sein größter Kämpfer, erzählt die atemberaubende Geschichte seines Lebens.

Author: Anthony Ryan





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In the Shadow of the Sword

A panoramic chronicle of the rise of Islam traces the rapid evolution of Arabic culture over a period of decades during which it triumphed against formidable odds and the period's most powerful empire.

Author: Tom Holland

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN: 9780385531351

Category: History

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A panoramic chronicle of the rise of Islam traces the rapid evolution of Arabic culture over a period of decades during which it triumphed against formidable odds and the period's most powerful empire.

In the Shadow of a Sword

A bold and heartfelt memoir by the head of the women's wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Author: Thamizhini

Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Limited

ISBN: 9789353886837


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A bold and heartfelt memoir by the head of the women's wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Child of the Sword

He lay there for a moment in the flickering shadows cast by the brazier. The sword had gone silent and its light had vanished. In his hand it seemed now to be a steel sword and nothing more. He heard Nicki gasp, saw her rising up from ...

Author: J. L. Doty

Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC

ISBN: 1938135881

Category: Fiction

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Praise for Child of the Sword: "...a magical world of witches, wizards and war in this high-energy first installment of an epic-fantasy series...A fine fantasy novel that will provide readers with a good weekend escape from reality" — Kirkus Reviews Kindle Book Review Editor's Pick "This book grabbed from the start. I finished it and had to pick up the 2nd one right away."—A. C. Rat is no ordinary Thief A small feral child, he steals what he can to feed the gnawing hunger in his gut, though nothing can satisfy the hunger in his soul. But he has a special talent that the wizards and witches of the clans covet, so Clan Elhiyne abducts him and gives him the name Morgin. Can he escape the scheming of the clan's calculating and manipulative leader, the matriarchal old witch Olivia? And as he grows into manhood, can he survive the inter-clan rivalries, and the hatred that smolders between Olivia and her arch-enemy Valso, leader of Clan Decouix? A can't-put-it-down read. Pick it up today!

Last Sword of Power


Author: David Gemmell

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 0307797449

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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"David Gemmell tells a tale of very real adventure, the stuff of true epic fantasy." --R. A. Salvatore, New York Times Bestselling author The Goths followed a bloodthirsty new leader, one who sought to open the Gates of Hell: Wotan. His immortal power stemmed from human sacrifice and dark sorcery, and no sword could touch him. He rode the winds on a leather-winged steed, while his armies cut a deadly swath across the northern kingdoms. Even death's icy hand could not stop them. Only Uther Pendragon could save Britannia. To do so he must wield his birthright--Cunobelin's blade, the legendary Sword of Power. But Uther was chained in Hell, the sword lost in swirling Chaos. All hope lay with the warrior known as Revelation, with the magic of the Sipstrassi Stones, and with Anduine, a blind girl possessed of arcane powers. Only if these unlikely allies united could they hope to stop the invincible foe before the world plunged into darkness.

Ascension of the Chosen epic fantasy sword and sorcery

But then a massive, four-armed being stepped out of the shadows. It was Ragao, the HalfGoddess of Darkness, still wearing that tusked baba raga mask on her face while carrying her four slim swords. She towered over even Raya, ...

Author: Timothy L. Cerepaka

Publisher: Annulus Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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When an attempt to restore his magical powers goes wrong, Braim Kotogs must win the Tournament of the Gods in order to ascend to godhood and avoid certain death. But with time running out, and a sudden attack on the Tournament by an enemy that wishes to consume the whole world, Braim might not live long enough to win the Tournament. Raya Mana also wishes to win the Tournament of the Gods, but to do so, she must not only complete the final challenge in her bracket, but also survive a sudden interruption in the Tournament from an enemy who desires to kill her. If she fails to win the final challenge in her bracket, then she will not only lose her one and only chance at godhood, but her life as well. With the golems rampaging across Ruwa, Carmaz Korva must work with a human-eating god to save his people and the world from the golems' invasion. But when it turns out that the golems have the support of an enemy even stronger than the gods, Carmaz might not be able to save his homeland from the enemy within. In the final Tournament of the Gods book, Braim, Raya, and Carmaz face their most difficult challenge yet, because not only must they win the Tournament of the Gods, but they also must save the world from an enemy whose power dwarfs that of the gods. KEYWORDS: sword and sorcery magic series, epic fantasy gods, sword and sorcery gods, epic fantasy series magic action adventure, sword and sorcery mage, sword and sorcery mystery mage, epic fantasy series sword sorcery, free fantasy, free epic fantasy, free sword and sorcery

Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God 3 Anthology

Shi Feng smiled in reply to Shadow Sword's words. However, he did not take them to heart as he continued advancing, walking step by step towards Drunken Maniac, the male Assassin from Dark Star. “What's wrong with this person?

Author: Lucky Old Cat


ISBN: 7999091626

Category: Fiction


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Starting over once more, he has entered this ¡°living game¡± again in order to control his own fate. This time, he will not be controlled by others. Previously the Level 200 Sword King, he will rise to a higher peak in this life. Methods to earn money! Dungeon conquering strategies! Legendary Quests! Equipment drop locations! Undiscovered battle techniques! Even the secrets Beta Testers were unknowledgeable of, he knows of them all. Massive wars, life advancement, entering Godhood, sword reaching to the peak; a legend of a man becoming a Sword God has begun.


A shadow is the sword of a great tree , and with this weapon it slays a thousand . ... are the best of their race ; those that are stricken with the shadow sword fall because they have less of plant excellence than their de- stroyer .





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