Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop on the Blog Tour for White Panther By Janez Jansa and I would like to share an excerpt with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love Books Group Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Endeavour Media Ltd
Release date: 04 01 2018
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £N/A (GBP)
Kindle $3.97 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 489
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Description of the book: 203BC For the Karnian people, in the idyllic mountain passes of the Eastern Alps, the Roman Empire is no longer a distant menace: the legions are massing on their borders. It is a time for leaders to step forward – to try through diplomacy to save their independence, and to ready the weapons of war should they fail. Lan is the son of one of those leaders – eager to ride in battle to defend his country. But he must also learn from his father and from the elders of his tribe that courage must be tempered with judgement, and that power alone is not enough. In doing so, he witnesses the forging of a new nation – the Kingdom of Noric. A powerful yet lyrical tale that combines the sweep of history with the human impact of empire and war.
The springtime delivered new life in abundance, so that Lan overflowed with the blossom, buzz and commotion, just as the Soca filled and overflowed her deep riverbed below the town walls. Expectations of days to follow made it difficult for him to fall asleep in the evenings, even if he was exhausted from his training and sword fighting. Osso taught them more than just how to handle their swords and shields in one-on-one combat. After the initial few days, he distributed chest armour, protection for shoulders, groins, and shins, as well as helmets to the boys and girls, who wanted to join them.
Osso and a couple of his assistants practiced attack and defense with the pupils; they taught them how to form a shield wall, and how to shield themselves from archers. They drilled deep formations, changing from offensive to defensive postures, and how to form offensive or defensive positions from columns on a march. For a whole moon and a half, they practiced from early morning to evening. In ten days, heavy and awkward shields had become lighter and agile, while the pupils took less notice of the cumbersome helmets on their heads. Dusk saw the young novices gathered around a large wooden trough in the courtyard. Sweat covered their bodies, full of scratches and bruises. As they washed the dust off, all they could think of were their bunks.
However, Lan still looked around for the blue cape of the girl who, at times, came to the school edifice at dusk, as if by chance, to fetch something or to deliver Talsa’s instruction for the following day to Osso. Whenever possible, Lan and Velsonia exchanged a few words. Lan lived for those moments. Velsonia had not taken part in their practice, as Talsa assigned more tasks to her in the temple. Lan saw less and less of her, and the semester was coming to its conclusion, the time to say goodbye.
Lan’s parents and Karish arrived to visit Lan for the Belin’s holiday of light at the spring equinox. It was the time for the Karns and the Norics to celebrate the passing of the old year and the birth of the new. Lan was glad to see them, however, he had hoped to spend the better part of that festive day, which reminded him of the Great skal because of the stands and the cheerful atmosphere, with Velsonia.
‘Kleos will take you to Rome,’ said Itus all of a sudden.
They all strolled from the temple towards the southern square. The family wanted to find lodging in one of the many inns there. Itus and Lan had walked side-by-side, while Gallina and Tanna made stops by stands with clothes and footwear, and Karish chatted with a cute girl who sold pottery, and pretended that he bargained for a set of ale mugs.
From the moment his family appeared, Lan sensed that their unexpected visit carried some other intentions. However, he did not expect the journey to Rome. He remembered that, at home, Itus and Gallina had talked about the city, which increasingly appeared as a topic of conversation everywhere. All the merchants and travelers he had met mentioned the magic word, Rome, at least once in their discourses.
About the author: Ivan Janša, baptized and best known as Janez Janša, is a Slovenian politician who was Prime Minister of Slovenia from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2012 to 2013. He has led the Slovenian Democratic Party since 1993.
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