I normally would devour a book with all the elements contained in The Light Bearer but I found it long winded at 800 pages despite the description above. The characters were cardboard cut outs. It became ponderous and boring. I put it aside and held onto to it for years but was never tempted pick it up again. I know it's a popular book and I'm in the minority in canning it but I like depth of character and this book just doesn't have it for me.
I read this book quite a few years ago. I remember enjoying it. I think it would qualify as historic fiction and is based in the times of ancient Rome. The main character is a female warrior trying to avenge the destruction of her family and tribe.
Her name was Auriane. She was a warrior, a priestess--and a threat to the powers of ancient Rome. This breathtaking saga from acclaimed newcomer Donna Gillespie unveils a fascinating world of pagans and slaves, warriors and nobles--and the extraordinary life of a legendary woman they called The Light Bearer.
It's been a long time since I read this but it was very good. I was completely engrossed. Would like to read it again some day!
She was a warrior, a priestess - and a threat to the powers of ancient Rome. On the day of her birth, Auriane received a mysterious amulet from a priestess-and a double-edged prophecy of doom and glory. The daughter of a Germanic tribal chieftain, Auriane witnessed unspeakable horrors committed against her people by ruthless invaders. And when tragedy tore her family apart, she took the oath of a warrior-and vowed revenge. Tales of her brilliant swath of conquest carried as far as Rome, to the renowned statesman Marcus Julianus-who felt his destiny intertwined with Auriane's...and wore about his neck an identical amulet...