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Shot through with dark, exotic lyricism, Guild's majestic historical epic cuts a wide swath through ancient Assyria, Egypt, Phoenicia, Sicily, Greece. Its narrator-hero, Tiglath Ashur, seen before in The Assyrian , is banished from Nineveh by his hated half-brother, the Assyrian king, partly due to a misunderstanding that is not cleared up until long after the brothers areShot through with dark, exotic lyricism, Guild's majestic historical epic cuts a wide swath through ancient Assyria, Egypt, Phoenicia, Sicily, Greece. Its narrator-hero, Tiglath Ashur, seen before in The Assyrian , is banished from Nineveh by his hated half-brother, the Assyrian king, partly due to a misunderstanding that is not cleared up until long after the brothers are reconciled. Fleeing the king's assassins, Tiglath encounters formulaic elements of the adventure novel--sudden perils, gory battles, omens, spicy lovemaking....

Title : The Blood Star
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ISBN : 9780689118982
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 664 Pages
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The Blood Star Reviews

  • Liviu
    2019-05-17 19:39

    following The Assyrian (who is half Greek and tells the story of his life to his Greek great grandchildren at the venerable age of 97, ~610) after his exile in the first of the series (exile ~680 when he was ~25); wanderings, intrigue, exotic societies, intrigue, battles etc, the novel has all the ingredients that made the subgenre successful and this one rolls from the first page and is considerably less predictable than its predecessor, so I liked it a lot and was engrossed by it until the endfor once, a superb novel, highly, highly recommended even now, 25+ years after its publication

  • Bartulos
    2019-05-06 20:52

    Es la continuación en el tiempo de "El Asirio" del mismo autor. Sirve el mismo comentario que hice para la primera parte:Excelente novela histórica ambientada en la Asiria del S. VII a.c. Cuenta la vida de dos hermanastros y príncipes asirios, su amistad y su odio, sus peleas y envidias, sus amores y aventuras, y como telón de fondo la historia de una época poco novelada pero muy interesante en la que conocemos el esplendor y caída de un imperio, el asirio, y de muchos otros pueblos y culturas de alrededor: egipcios, acadios, babilonios, sumerios, medas, hititas, fenicios ….Las dos novelas de la serie (El Asirio y La Estrella de Sangre) comprenden aproximadamente la vida de Tiglagh Assur, hijo de reyes y príncipe heredero de la corte asiria. Aunque es una historia larga, está muy bien hilvanada y no se hace tediosa en ningún momento, manteniendo siempre cierta intriga y expectación.Muy bien definidos los personajes, sus pasiones, virtudes y defectos. Lenguaje ameno y creíble. Por poner un pero, me hubiera gustado más detalles de costumbres populares de la época, pero entiendo que tampoco se conocerá en exceso.Esta segunda parte la veo, si cabe, más compacta e interesante que la primera. De cualquier forma, son unas excelentes obras las dos, de lectura imprescindibles como novelas históricas. Aunque hay personas que comentan que se pueden leer por separado, yo las uniría en un único bloque, en el que solo con la lectura de la primera parte, nos quedaríamos con la miel en los labios de saber cómo terminan las vidas de éstos personajes que con el paso del tiempo aún seguimos pensando en ellos. Ambas obras excelentes.Puntuación: 9

  • Victor Bruneski
    2019-04-28 02:27

    Book 2 of the Tiglath Ashur saga by Nicholas Guild.In a lot of ways The Assyrian and The Blood Star could be one massive tome if they had wanted to release a 1200 page novel. The Blood Star starts right where The Assyrian ends off, Tiglath being banished from the Land of Ashur by his brother.The first half of the novel is quite different then The Assyrian as Tiglath no longer leads vast armies or has to deal with Assyrian politics. Instead he is a man on the run, along with his trusty slave Kephalos, who again tempts to steal the show with his comedic personality. But besides the comedic factor, more then once Tiglath would be lost without his trusty "slave".Mr. Guild introduces two new important characters about a third way into the book. One is Enkidu, a silent Macedonian they meet in the middle of the desert of all places, and a new love interest named Selena, just a young slave girl who is a Greek.Neither of these characters really work for me. Selena is constantly annoying that I came to hate her, although I find it funny that his two slaves Selena and Kephalos don't act like slaves at all. She is a spoiled child and the only thing she wants in life is to be Tiglath's concubine. It get's old fast, especially since she is a little girl at first. Enkidu just seems to be a plot device, just a big brute of a guy always there at the right time, who happens to be mute so you don't have to give him any lines or motivation.Thankfully Selena grows up, and when she finally gets her way she becomes a subdued wife who is left on the side lines.Those are my only problems with this great book. The story of Tiglath Ashur is epic, and a must read.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-03 21:35

    This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time, but there were times where it got too slow for me to give it five stars. I found it much more readable and exciting than the first book in the series (which acts as more of a setup to this book than a whole story in its own right). I now wish there were more books like this--books where the main characters galavant around the ancient world, going from Sidon to Sicily to the Steppes of Asia and into the deserts of Africa. The locations in this book really were like supporting characters to Tiglath and his cronies. There is so much good about this book, there's no way I could sum it all up here.If you aren't sure about this series, remember that it does improve after the first book, and that like many great epics, it can be slow at times. It's a bit like an ancient Game of Thrones, with similar levels of gore, politics, and plodding slowness. If you like ancient history (about 600 BCE), this book will be right up your alley. Seriously, give this series a shot.

  • Ireney Berezniak
    2019-05-03 02:47

    Originally published in 1989, this brilliant title -- or more accurately, the series of which The Blood Star is the second and final instalment -- appears to have disappeared from the collective consciousness of contemporary readers, if scant number of ratings and reviews it garners here and on Amazon is any indication. I have not been aware of it or its author myself until searching explicitly for historical fiction set in ancient Mesopotamia. This is a bit of a shame, because I've found both volumes to be quite excellent. The Blood Star is a direct sequel to first book in the series, The Assyrian, following immediately after the the events of its predecessor. The series is set in ancient Mesopotamia in mid-650 BC, beginning with the reign of a factual king, Sennacherib, and later Esarhaddon, one of the key characters. This particular volume is set during the reign of Esarhaddon, and ascent of his son Ashurbanipal towards the closing chapters of the novel. A number of other historical personas figure prominently, as well as various events and military campaigns. In general, one has a sense that the author has researched the historical context for his story, and presented it as accurately as possible.The primary focus of these novels is a relationship between Esarhaddon and Tiglath Ashur, the narrating character, and Tiglath's adventures that spawn Mesopotamia and its peripheries, Egypt, and in smaller part Greece and Sicily. Esarhaddon and Tiglath are brothers, sons of king Sennacherib, who grew up together and formed a very close friendship. Alas, all good things come to an end, and the relationship disintegrates estranging both brothers. Tiglath is forced to deal with the consequences of a new reality resulting in an adventurous journey through the ancient world.Whilst telling Tiglath's story, Nicholas Guild creates a compelling setting, effectively utilizing historical fact as its basis. Amidst intrigue, and social and religious traditions of the times, Tiglath must make choices that challenge his personal beliefs, desires, and loyalties. Through his tribulations, the reader must decide whether Tiglath is a slave to contemporary institutions, a prisoner of his convictions, a victim of circumstance, or simply a coward. It is a compelling, superbly narrated tale, thus easy to recommend to any fan of historical fiction.

  • Malacorda
    2019-04-25 21:34

    Tutto sommato avvincente ma comunque un gradino inferiore rispetto il primo volume. In questo secondo libro l'autore tenta di sopperire al calo di qualità con un aumento della quantità, ma non sempre raggiunge l'obiettivo desiderato. Il principe assiro Tiglath, ormai esiliato dalla propria patria, intraprende un lungo viaggio attraverso tutto il mondo allora conosciuto, ed in effetti per più della metà di questo volume si tratta di un puro racconto di viaggio: svariate ambientazioni, numerose piccole avventure che ripropongono sempre lo stesso schema, svariati personaggi solo leggermente abbozzati e la cui presenza non è mai del tutto fondamentale all'economia di una trama che c’è e non c'è, a differenza di quella che invece, nel primo volume, avvolge e coinvolge il lettore . Gli incontri con le sue numerose donne diventano un po' stereotipati, i dialoghi un po' banalizzati e qua e là anche con qualche piccola incoerenza nei dettagli del contesto storico. Al di là dell’ambientazione in epoca antica che questa volta sembra essere un qualcosa di accidentale, come thriller avventuroso è piuttosto ben congegnato e si lascia leggere volentieri, la curiosità di sapere come va a finire rimane viva anche quando ormai si capisce che lo schema delle singole avventure continua a essere ripetitivo, comunque i livelli qualitativi del primo volume non vengono più raggiunti.

  • Erica
    2019-04-23 01:32

    The Blood Star begins exactly where its predecessor, The Assyrian ends (this is probably obvious, but if you have not read the first book in the series, you must read it first!). I ordered a copy of this book the day I finished The Assyrian as I was eager to continue reading about Tiglath Ashur, our hero. I was not disappointed. With an antiquated writing style, Nicholas Guild thrusts his reader back into the ancient world - it is the Golden Age of Assyria, but we do not return to Assyria until the end of the book. We follow Tiglath from the land where the Tigris and the Euphrates meet, around the Arabian peninsula, to the rich Phoenician cities and to a crumbling Egypt (how incredible to think that at this time, Egypt was already an ancient civilization with its glory days far in the past). We are taken to Greece and to Sicily, which is rugged and undeveloped, and finally back to Assyria, where the series comes to a thundering conclusion that does not disappoint. Together, The Assyrian and The Blood Star are masterpieces of historical fiction. I will definitely be looking for more of Guild's work.

  • Francesco
    2019-05-16 23:37

    Fino a metà libro ero deciso a dare a questo libro 4.5 stelle, stesso voto che ho dato a "L' Assiro", ma l' ultima metà del libro mi ha convinto a dare 5 stelle.Non è possibile leggere "Ninive" senza "L' assiro", ma neanche "L' assiro" può esser letto senza "Ninive" in quanto "L' assiro" di fatto si interrompe a metà storia.In "Ninive" si può leggere finalmente la fine della storia.Nella parte finale di "Ninive" si spiega finalmente tutto quello che è accaduto nel corso dei due libri.Trovare questo libro è stato difficile: alla fine l' ho trovato usato online e ne è valsa la pena.Davvero non capisco perché l' editore non provveda ad una ristampa perché siamo davanti davvero a uno dei migliori romanzi storici contemporanei in circolazione.Il romanzo ha tutto: battaglie, viaggi in terre esotiche, amore, intrighi politici, la ricerca della felicità.Ricordate quando dicevo che il libro era da 4.5 stelle?Ebbene non volevo dare il massimo proprio perché mi sarebbe piaciuto leggere di più di tutte le popolazioni che il protagonista incontra nel corso dei suoi viaggi: sono raccontati talmente tanti eventi che l' autore avrebbe potuto trarre anche 2 libri da "Ninive", senza diventare noioso.Tanto meglio così: più eventi vi sono in poche pagine più il libro è page-turner.I personaggi sono ben definiti.Descrizioni mai lunghe né noiose.La conclusione del libro mi ha fatto sentire soddisfatto (della lettura e del finale in sè per sé), ma al tempo stesso nostalgico per la consapevolezza che non leggerò più di questi personaggi.Ho detto in altre recensioni che il mio romanzo storico preferito è "Le porte di fuoco" di Steven Pressfield. Dopo aver letto "Ninive", non so... mi vien da pensare che dire il "mio libro preferito" quasi non abbia senso.Posso solo dire che sono due romanzi dello stesso genere ed entrambi fantastici. Pressfield più breve, ma intenso; psicologia dei personaggi sublime, realismo straordinario. Guild è più esteso, con una trama ben congegnata e personaggi che diventano davvero tuoi amici: in entrambi i casi si è catapultati in un mondo lontano ormai scomparso.Impossibile dire chi sia il migliore e forse non ha davvero importanza...basta leggerli entrambi

  • Eleclyah
    2019-04-24 23:39

    Quanta fatica per procurarmi questo libro! Non posso credere che la Rizzoli l'abbia messo fuori catalogo!Però ne è valsa veramente la pena.Questo secondo romanzo è all'altezza del primo, anche se forse nel precedente le cose erano più movimentate. Se L'Assiro era il libro della prima giovinezza di Tiglath, spensierata per quanto potesse esserlo, il secondo è più amaro. Per fortuna c'è Kephalos!Nuovi personaggi, vecchi nemici, guerre a destra e a manca, sicari... ma la cosa più bella è che alla fine i due fratelli si siano perdonati reciprocamente, anche se, ahimè, soltanto alla fine.E se all'inizio della sua vita da principe reale Tiglath desiderava gloria, potere e ricchezze, mi compiaccio di aver letto che, quando li ha avuti, ha capito che non sarebbe stato quello a renderlo felice. Non li voleva, voleva solo fare l'agricoltore in Sicilia con la propria famiglia. E se avesse potuto tornare indietro non avrebbe cambiato nulla della propria vita, nemmeno dopo aver scoperto che...

  • Holly Lindquist
    2019-04-21 19:55

    The Blood Star is the sequel to The Assyrian, and continues the adventures of the exiled hero Tiglath Ashur as he travels through Egypt, Phoenicia, Greece, and Italy. This is grand melodrama of the first order, full of vivid battle scenes, devious plots, attempted assassinations, and surprising twists. Tiglath's complicated relationship with his brother the king is fascinating and doesn't necessarily move in expected directions. Both The Assyrian and The Blood Star have great cinematic potential, I would love to see them made into movies. Heck, I would just love to read more historical fiction novels with this much sheer bad-assery (yes, I realize that's not an actual word).PS: If you don't feel like paying an arm and a leg to obtain this book on Amazon (it is, alas, out of print), you can get a cheaper electronic version at

  • Jane
    2019-04-20 23:31

    This is one case where the sequel far outshines the original novel -- The Assyrian. This novel describes Tiglath Ashur's years of exile from Nineveh, to Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Sicily; then his reconciliation with his brother, the King of Assyria after seven years and his eventual return to Sicily. The story is written as a memoir by Tiglath Ashur, as an old man. I'm glad to say the author has toned down the graphic descriptions of sex and warfare, although punishments are still as cruel as in the first book. I could hardly put this book down while reading it. There were some historical figures, but I'm sure the story, as well as the protagonist, was by and large, fiction.

  • Javier C
    2019-05-16 21:30

    (Extracto de la reseña completa publicada en mi blog: interesante y amena novela de aventuras que además puede leerse muy bien sin necesidad de haber leído la novela previa, El Asirio (de hecho, en mi caso habían pasado años entre una y otra, y ya apenas recordaba los detalles de la anterior). Una lectura recomendable tanto para amantes de la novela histórica como del género de aventuras (mucho más si os gustan ambos…).

  • Paul
    2019-05-17 02:29

    Here's a case of a book that really sat poorly with me the first time that I read it. I'm not sure why, and it must have had to do with the circumstances under which I read it. After rereading "The Assyrian" on kindle, I reread "The Blood Star" on a whim and absolutely loved it.As reading experiences go, it was nice to revise my opinion upward on a book that had previously counted as a major letdown for me.

  • David
    2019-04-28 01:31

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a different feel from the first book in the series but was equally entertaining. While book 1 focused on Ninevah the second book reads like tour around the Mediterranean Sea. The characters remained interesting and I was sorry to final finish the novel. Overall I thought this was a great series

  • Glenn Starkey
    2019-04-19 22:27

    This is the sequel to Guild's "The Assyrian." Being one of his fans, I enjoyed this book and wish he had not stopped writing. There was supposed to be a third book to follow "The BloodStar" and quite a disappointment when I learned he stopped writing.If you love good action, deep thought, and fantastic writing, then read "The Assyrian" first then "The Bloodstar." Superb writing.

  • Vicky
    2019-04-20 22:34

    It was a nice read, may be not as good as the Assyrian but the book still managed to keep me interested to the last page.A strong character, an amazing epoch and a great adventure, the are not many historical novels to compare with the story of Tiglath Ashur.

  • Chad Tronetti
    2019-05-11 01:50

    As with the 1st book of this series, the editing was disgraceful. The spelling and grammatical errors could be somewhat distracting at times. Having said that, Guild's writing is top shelf. His ability to connect the reader to the characters is 1st rate... he just needs to find a new editor.

  • Sergio Lavagna
    2019-04-20 03:53

    muy buena novela histórica. continúa la líneas de El Asirio. Entretenida y bien escrita. Muy recomendable

  • Elio Cerrato
    2019-05-21 00:28

    Igual de cautivante que el primero

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  • Lisa Tubsterr
    2019-04-30 22:32

    The sequel to the Assyrian, another fantastic read.