Bronze Summer

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Bronze Summer

Northland series

Bronze Summer is, for me, a good read because it has characters that you might meet next door (if you lived in that time frame). They are real in the sense that they have their faults, their good points, and their reasons for what they do. There is treachery, war, growth, and trying to do the best you can with what you have (and what you know). First, there is Milaqa - a young woman who is tasked by her uncle to find out who killed her mother, his sister. She does, but at a cost. While she is, in some ways, innocent and a bit stubborn, she is strong and becomes comfortable with who she is, if not with all of what she knows. Then there is Kilusheppa - a Hatti queen who is not necessarily likable, but knows what she wants, knows how to get it, and is not afraid to do so. Qirum is another memorable character. He is a half-Trojan, half-Greek mercenary who helps Kilusheppa, although things do not necessarily work out the way he expected. The storyline also makes the book come alive. Bronze Summer is a story of change, war, how the people closest to you may not be the most trustworthy and how those who you may want to push away, are those who help the most.

Change is coming to Milaqa's village - and it starts with the death of her mother. It isn't necessarily a change anyone wants, but it comes nonetheless. On the mainland, there is drought and new venues for trade must be found, although not necessarily peacefully. Kilusheppa is brought low, but finds a way to at least try to regain some of her position and she uses a half-Trojan, half-Greek to do so. In the end, none of the people involved are the same, although not necessarily in a bad way.


Book Blurb for Bronze Summer

Stephen Baxter’s “imaginative [and] bold”* novel Stone Spring drew readers into an alternate prehistoric scenario that now continues with Bronze Summer. Thousands of years have passed. And a wall that was built to hold back the sea, must now hold back the advancing armies of a reviving Troy…

What would have been the bed of the North Sea is now Northland, a society of prosperous, literate and self-sufficient people. They live off the bounty of the land, an area created by the building of the Wall. It began as a simple dam, thousands of years ago. Now, inhabited from end to end, the Wall is a linear city stretching for hundreds of miles, and a wonder of the world.

For millennia, the Wall has also kept the growing empires of the Bronze Age at bay. But decades of drought have destabilized those eastern civilizations. Men—and women—filled with greed and ambition have now turned their eyes toward the fertile West. A new and turbulent age is dawning. For any wall, no matter how strong, can be breached—particularly from within…

*Daily Mail (UK)


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.00