The Wandering King: Book 1: Summer, Harvest, War

The Wandering King: Book 1: Summer, Harvest, War

Paperback The Wandering King

By (author) Stephen Bradford Marte


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  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Format: Paperback | 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2013
  • ISBN 10: 148399256X
  • ISBN 13: 9781483992563
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

"The Wandering King" by author Stephen Marte is based on events described in "The Histories" by Herodotus. People may have heard the story about King Leonidas and the famous last stand of the 300 Spartans at the pass of Thermopylae, but Herodotus' best stories have never been told-"till now." Leonidas of '300' fame was one of four brothers who vied for the Agiad Throne of Lacedaemonia. Recent books and movies on the subject leave out the fact that Leonidas had a twin brother, Kleombrotus, that his wife Gorgo was his niece, and that he may have murdered his eldest brother, Cleomenes, to become King. Though Leonidas is a character in "The Wandering King," this is not his story. The novel is told from the perspective of Leonidas' nephew, Euryanax; a little known member of Sparta's royal family. The book begins, "I am called Euryanax. In the Dorian tongue, "eury" means 'wandering' and "anax" means 'king.' "The Wandering King." From my name, comes my story." The first book in the series, "Summer, Harvest," War," begins 25 years before the famous Battle of Marathon and the start of the Greco-Persian Wars. Euryanax's father Dorieus, a brother of Leonidas, a man described by Herodotus as 'the best in his class, ' was sorely disappointed when his father, King Anaxandridas, died and the ephors selected his elder brother Cleomenes as the next King of Sparta. Dorieus left Greece with his wife Phile, his son Eury, and a small expedition of Lacedaemonians to build a colony in Libya. It is on the shores of Tripoli that 12-year old Euryanax becomes fast friends with Battus, a member of the native Nasamone tribe; a people who shave the backs of their heads, bury their dead sitting up, and are crack shots with their zorca horn longbows. While out hunting, Eury and Battus rescue an exotic, young woman named Ariatozah; only to learn she is the daughter of Dorieus' arch foe, Mardonius, the Persian satrap of Phoenicia. Their chance meeting would change the course of Eury's life forever. Go to war with Euryanax as he takes part in the siege of the Phoenician stronghold at Oea. Adventure with him to the city of pornai and merchants, Corinth. Sail alongside this little-known prince of Sparta as he fights Illyrian pirates in the Ionian Sea, competes in the Pythian Games, and journeys to the center of earth-to the Temple of Apollo-where he learns his fate from the Delphic Oracle. Exotic locales and peoples, action and adventure, romance and revenge, land battles and sea battles, tribal rituals and Olympic-style games; "The Wandering King" has all this and more.

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Author information

Stephen Marte is a professional writer employed by an international corporation in their creative department, as well as a life-long Greek geek. He has worked as a journalist, a high school English teacher and an advertising copywriter. Stephen lives in Bucks County, PA, with his son Zachary in a house filled with books.