Conqueror: Time's Tapestry Book Two
by Stephen Baxter
Cover Artist: Chris Shamwana
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ace Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441014965
Date: 07 August 2007 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Conqueror is the second of Stephen Baxter's Time's Tapestry series of alternative histories. The unknown Weaver is at it again with a new prophecy which hints at things to come centered around the showings of Halley's comet every 76 years or so. Like the previous novel in the series, Conqueror jumps through time periodically, so just as you get use to a set of characters, they're suddenly dead and replaced by their distant descendants. But they all have one thing in common. The need to correctly interpret what the prophecy says about the turning point they live in, and how it will all lead to a great empire, a new Rome, built in the north and spanning the known world and beyond. An empire, which does not exist in our history, but seems to hinge on the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. From official release/information:
Book Description: The second novel in a thrilling alternate-history series-from national bestselling author Stephen Baxter. Three centuries have passed since Rome fell, as The Prophecy foretold. Now The Prophecy's scroll is in the hands of a young girl, the last surviving member of the family who received The Prophecy. She lives in tranquility, disguised as a boy among the monks on the isle of Lindisfarne-until the Vikings come, deliberately destroying the final copies of the scroll. But it remains in her memory, and when William of Normandy, who history will call the Conqueror, rises to power, once more the fate of the land rests on actions inspired by those age-old words.
But as time passes, memory of The Prophecy dims--and the veiled girl struggles to understand her heritage before all knowledge of the future will be lost to the past.