Emperor: Time's Tapestry #1
by Stephen Baxter
Cover Artist: Chris Shamwana
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ace Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014666
Date: 02 January, 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
A father-to-be paces helplessly while his wife struggles to give birth to their first born. His father and brother stand nearby, offering what support they can (while bickering amongst themselves, as families do). The year is 4 B.C. and what seems to be an event that has happened billions of times is about to take on a world altering twist. Struggling with the difficult birth, Brica begins stammering in a strange tongue, Latin, official language of the far off Roman Empire. Only one person understands it and, with a sense of unreality, begins to copy down a prophecy that will rule the family for the next four hundred years. From official release/information:
Book Description: Inscribed in Latin, The Prophecy has resided in the hands of a single family for generations, revealing secrets about the world that is to come, and guiding them to wealth and power...
It begins when a Celtic noble betrays his people at the behest of his mother's belief in The Prophecy and sides with the conquering Roman legions. For the next 400 years, Britannia thrives-as does the family that contributed to Rome's reign over the island with the construction of Emperor Hadrian's Wall and the protection of Emperor Constantine. And even when the sun begins to set on the Roman Empire, The Prophecy remains. For those capable of deciphering its signs and portents, the future of Earth is in their hands.
(Source: Ace Hardcover)