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The Flame Before Us carries the story another few years onwards. Starting north along the coast at the city of Ikaret (modern Ugarit), the story follows several inter-related groups of people as they cope with the sudden destruction of the city.
Groups of invaders are sweeping southwards. Their path of destruction began in the Hittite lands, in battles described in the epic works of the Iliad and Aeneid. Troy was simply the first stage of their path of conquest; The Flame Before Us picks up the story some months later.
Conflict and commitment in the shadow of a city’s downfall
The raiding ships have come before, but this time it is different. This time the attackers are coming to stay, and defensive walls will not hold them back. Nowhere is safe. One by one, the great kings and their vassal cities collapse as the newcomers advance.
The land is already a patchwork of many different peoples, bound together in a fragile web of traditional alliances and rivalries. How will political and personal promises change with the arrival of the new clans? Is war inevitable, or can a different answer be found?
Walk with refugees, migrants, and defenders of the land alike, as they struggle to create a different way of life beside the ruins of the old. Can alliance, commitment and love survive the turmoil?
Publisher: Matteh Publications (April 16th 2015)
ISBN: 978-0993-1684-1-3 (soft cover)
ISBN: 978-0993-1684-0-6 (ebook – kindle)
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The Flame Before Us – Sample – Kindle mobi
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