➽ [Reading] ➿ The Risen By David Anthony Durham ➲ – 91videos.co

From The Author Of The Widely Praised Pride Of Carthage, The Superb Fictional Rendering Of Hannibal S Epic Military Campaigns Against Carthage S Archenemy Rome, Comes The Perfect Follow Up An Equally Superb Novel Of The Legendary Gladiator Spartacus And The Vast Slave Revolt He Led That Came Ever So Close To Bringing Rome, With Its Supposedly Invincible Legions, To Its Knees In This Thrilling And Panoramic Historical Novel We See One Of The Most Storied Uprisings Of Classical Times From Multiple Points Of View Spartacus, The Visionary Captive And Gladiator Whose Toughness And Charisma Turn A Prison Break Into A Multi Cultural Revolt That Threatens An Empire His Consort, The Oracular Astera, Whose Connection To The Spirit World And Its Omens Guides The Uprising S Progress Nonus, A Roman Soldier Working Both Sides Of The Conflict In A Half Adroit, Half Desperate Attempt To Save His Life Laelia And Hustus, Two Shepherd Children Drawn Into The Ranks Of The Slave Rebellion Kaleb, The Slave Secretary To Crassus, The Roman Senator And Commander Saddled With The Unenviable Task Of Quashing An Insurrection Of Mere Slaves And Other Players In A Vast Spectacle Of Bloodshed, Heroism, And Treachery In The Pages Of The Risen The Term The Slaves In Revolt Have Adopted For Themselves An Entire, Teeming World Comes Into View With Great Clarity And Titanic Drama, With Nothing Less Than The Future Of The Ancient World At Stake No One Brings Verve, Intelligence, And Freshness To The Novel Of The Classical Age Than David Anthony Durham


10 thoughts on “The Risen

  1. says:

    This is the kind of epic, violent, military focused historical fiction that I wouldn t normally pick up, so even if you feel like this is pretty out of your interest zone, I would encourage you to think about it Because I ended up totally in love with it It has a large and rich cast of characters, and despite how many there were, I didn t struggle keeping them straight in my head The world of the Roman Empire felt genuine and the history rang true And so much happens over the course of the story the army of the Risen felt like they were chosen and guided by the gods, and the way the story was written gives it that sense of inevitability The Risen are on a runaway train that they can t really control, and the reader is right there with them There are high highs, and the dread of the lows I think most people are at least passingly familiar with the story of Spartacus, probably mainly through the Kirk Douglas movie, so the ending won t really be a surprise I wasn t familiar with the history of Spartacus, but I still knew enough to know where we would end Like most things, though, it doesn t really matter how it ends Because this book was a journey I loved these characters, messed up as they were And I love that Durham chose the final chapter s narrator as he did It had weight and resonance, and I don t think I ll soon forget this book I might even read The Pride of Carthage. That s how much I enjoyed The Risen.One fairly important note this book is violent Game of Thrones violent It s hardly a surprise, given that the characters are rebellious gladiators and Roman soldiers, but make no mistake about the violence levels Things get disturbing and explicit, and it s throughout I m relatively chill about violence in my books, but I read some pages in the break room at my work, incidentally about a crucifixion, and I spent the whole scene with a face that couldn t decide if it was shocked or horrified I was covering my open mouth with my clenched fist I was stunned It s brutal and intense, but I don t think it s gratuitous If anything in life is going to horrify you, it should be a description of a torturous death by crucifixion And it s historically accurate But sensitive readers beware Don t make me say I told you so as you frantically try to bleach your brain.


  2. says:

    I chose to read this book because I loved the Starz version of Spartacus and I also appreciated the fact that is history I have never read David Anthony Durham but his storytelling was engaging and riveting I imagined myself in the story at times because the writing was so visceral The only thing missing was the Spartacus Speak Move to Purpose, Apology, Gratitude, etc I had grown to love on the show In this account, Spartacus was humanized much than the show We were shown pain suffering, resistance, strength, vulnerability, shrewdness, anguish, hope and ultimately defeat There were so many different emotions and components to the man legend as well as his compatriots What I loved most about his story is that this is the first time that I have experienced Romans who were conflicted or even sympathetic to The Risen or the rebels In addition, in the cable television show, Spartacus Blood and Sands through War of the Damned was motivated by the loss of his wife, but in this book, Spartacus was mostly moved by the injustice of the captivity What a study in leadership comparing Crassus to Spartacus I was moved by the struggle for liberty and Spartacus inner turmoil with his own fears but needed to exhibit courageous strength for his followers I still hated Crassus because of his ruthlessness and ambition I loved Spartacus and his generals, Castus, Crixus, Gannicus, Ullio etc It was so sad but I found myself hoping WHAT IF I knew The Risen wouldn t be triumphant but I couldn t help wanting the impossible Whatever fate awaits you it s mine as well as yours I am free to choose, and I choose to fight with you I want the best life, or death, for us all I swear it Everything felt so authentic from the planning to the escape, individual plights within the rebellion I felt their elation with each battle won as it was a sign to them that they were favored by the gods I felt their despair with their defeats as it was one step closer to the unavoidable end There was horrific violence in this book, but it didn t bother me because it was disturbingly factual This was an entertaining read for those who love historical fiction I highly recommend this book to those who love Spartacus and also accounts of the Roman Empire Special Thanks to Double Day books via Netgalley for this book received in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    Author s exciting take on the rise and fall of Spartacus, who instigated a slave rebellion and was finally overcome through treachery and the forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus Spartacus slave band called themselves The Risen Recommended.


  4. says:

    I just finished beta reading this, so I cannot attest to the final published form, but trust me, people This will be among the best historical fiction novels you ll have read Very well researched, with characters delicious and diverse And no spoilers from me.


  5. says:

    After a shout out on George RR Martin s blog I decide to give David Anthony Durham a go I am glad I did I did not think the world needed another Spartacus retelling but I was wrong The narration of the novel is told through multiple POVs young twins, a scribe and a priestess to mention a few besides Spartacus I will definitely read his other books as I like his writing style a lot Durham handles battle scenes deftly by using a wide variety of techniques to describe a battle without doing it in a blow by blow fashion.


  6. says:

    This book was absolutely amazing It s one of the best books I have ever read I have to give a huge thanks to my sister for getting this for me Knowing my love of Spartacus and the slave revolt he led against Rome, she researched many books and got me this one because she believed it to be the best choice for the story She was definitely right The way the historical tale was laid out was so unique and powerful Such a good story, made even better by David Anthony Durham If all of his books are like this, I m in for a real treat


  7. says:

    Some of the characters were interesting The ending of the book was a major disappointment.


  8. says:

    It s hard to read a book knowing that the main characters are all going to lose in the end especially when you grow to care about the characters through the book I think the author did a good job in introducing a cast of characters that participated or did not participate from the disaffected Romans Rufius Baebia and Nonus , to the soldiers Castus and Drenis , to those who choose not to participate Kaleb , to the women who provide a link to the gods Laelia, Astera, and Vectia There s a huge cast of characters whose voices are heard.The betrayals that took place were a nice touch each person looking out for their perceived self interest It s emphasises the honourable i.e Spartacus as someone that they look up to It also emphasised that Spartacus rebellion could have succeeded if everyone participated or dared to participate I guess there are also easy parallels in our modern world if everyone joined someone whose cause was just, then the ruling power would easily fall It s only because we prefer the safety of the known that such efforts to make a better world fail.It s a well written novel, though I did finish it feeling a little meh.


  9. says:

    Andrew, Central circulation staff, July 2016, 3 stars An interesting novelization of the slaver rebellion against Rome, led by Spartacus The story begins with his escape from the gladiator pens, which mean certain death and leads to his epic conclusion.While the history and story are interesting, I feel like the book drags on It jumps around from character to character and doesn t have great continuity or flow It s an enjoyable read, but falls short of being the epic tale Spartacus deserves.


  10. says:

    This was the third book I received from the Brilliant Book of the Month Club, and it was by far the best The Risen is a retelling of the story of Spartacus, historical fiction done in the style of Game of Thrones I base the GOT comparisons on the rotating cast of perspective characters that Durham utilizes to tell this story Unlike GOT however, The Risen avoids a lot of the tedium and pacing issues that have dogged George R.R Martin s recent works.One third of the way through, I was keeping a list of the characters and assigning an actor to each one just so I could keep them straight Thankfully, between 300, Troy, Game of Thrones, and a host of other swords and sandals epics I had plenty of cool actors to populate the cast The book is broken up into three sections, with as best as I can tell one chapter per each section devoted to each of the perspective characters Unlike GOT, the characters are almost all on the side of Spartacus, with two exceptions Nonus a cowardly Roman who reminded me of Theon Greyjoy and Kaleb a slave to Spartacus s main rival Crassus The rest of the perspective characters include obvious choices like Spartacus and Castus, as well as diverse individuals like Vectia an elderly woman who serves as a guide , Sura a priestess to Kotis and Philon a greek medic slave.Whereas my initial interactions with some of the characters made them difficult to differentiate Castus and Dolmos seemed particularly bland in the early going , Durham does a fantastic job of giving each character a distinct viewpoint, history and motivation for their actions going forward Durham also does a great job of pacing his reveals within his chapters, generally by beginning each new chapter by jumping ahead in the action and then filling in the blanks in intervals throughout When characters begin to betray each other, or fall during battle, the reader is often made to wait several pages to find out who is involved in the action I d find this to be a problem in a different book, but here the plot moves so quickly that it never felt like a trick.I was also reminded of Brandon Sanderson while reading this book, as by the end of it I had a clear idea of the plotting that went into it by the author Each character introduced was necessary to the plot and contributed to the narrative in an essential way My favorite chapters ended up involving Kaleb who served as a stand in for any of the millions of people who could have led to a different outcome for the Risen and Dolmos who reminded me of Ned Stark by the end of it I d recommend this book to any fans of historical fiction or fans of the Roman era in history.