Book Reviews of Raptor

Author: Gary Jennings
ISBN-13: 9780553562828
ISBN-10: 0553562827
Publication Date: 6/1/1993
Pages: 915
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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In the opening pages of Jennings's ( Aztec ) massive, audacious historical novel about the Gothic conquest of the Roman Empire, Thorn, the hermaphrodite hero/heroine, is seduced first by a monk and then by a nun. Evicted from a monastery and a convent, Thorn is then schooled in the ways of the world by the grumpy, blasphemous woodsman Wyrd. Rugged yet sensitive, usually dressed as a man, Thorn is to elim fragment raptorial (i.e., predatory) in his thirst for lovers, male and female, and for adventure. He serves as field marshal, sidekick and spy for bloody Theodoric (A.D. 454-526), king of the Ostrogoths, depicted here as a benevolent despot. For all its sexual titillation and gory battles, this majestically paced epic with its unconventional hero consistently rewards as it leads readers through exotic byways of the fragmented Roman Empire, delving into pagan customs, Christian mysteries, corruption, slavery and the tolerant Arianism embraced by the Goths but condemned by the Catholic Church as a heresy.
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WOW, what a weird journey this book takes you on. One of the strangest trips that I have taken in my world of reading. Interesting lands in another time with an unimaginable character.
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The author of the New York Times bestseller Aztec has come up with a story that Publishers Weekly calls an "intoxicating narrative." It's the fantastic tale of an abandoned waif, his unorthodox sexual awakening, and his exciting journey across the Roman Empire in search of his people.