Vercingetorix, the great Gallic warrior, was both a man of history and a man of myth. Druid King of Gaul, King of One Hundred Battles, he was among Julius Caesarís greatest opponents; his eventual defeat at Caesarís hands was said to prove Caesarís unstoppable power. Yet Vercingetorix has remained, to this day, a French national hero. And now he is the heart and soul of this enthralling and evocative historical novel.|
Witness to his fatherís harrowing death, Vercingetorix spends years deep in the forest living with the druids. Although they raise him as one of their own, his fatherís honor and the looming shadow of Rome force him to become a warrior. After an ill-fated alliance with Caesar, he gathers the tribes of Gaul against law and custom into a single army, ragtag but determined to face down the might of the Romans.
This dramatic and momentous life, played against a brilliantly created background of the disparate worlds of Gallic and Roman soldiers, is riveting. The final battle that pits Vercingetorixís will against Caesarís own rounds out a novel that richly traces the arc of a heroís life and the origin of a legend.
Norman Spinrad is the author of Bug Jack Barron, The Iron Dream, Child of Fortune, The Void Captainís Tale, and numerous other novels. He has also written literary criticism, political commentary, and the screenplays for two feature films.