Aquila in the New World (Aquiliad, No. 1) by somtow sucharitkul, S. P. Somtow

By somtow sucharitkul, S. P. Somtow

On this exchange Earth, Rome ideas all...including the recent global, recognized in different dimensions as the USA yet right here as Terra Novo.

General Titus Papinianus is governor of that untamed land, and Aquila, leader of the savage Lacoti country, is a Roman senator. yet professional titles apart, their accountability is to Caesar. So while Caesar sends them on a quest for the fabled land of China, considered someplace in Terra Novo, off they cross.

They are not often ready for bloodthirsty Aztecs, flying machines, time-traveling extraterrestrial beings, or Bigfoot—and Aquila's problem-solving innovations are unconventional to claim the least!

Before they understand it, their adventures lead them into the fingers of the Time legal, who's bent on changing all of the a number of universes to fit his personal evil whims. in some way they must cease him...before their international is destroyed!

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They refused, explaining that he would better serve them as their ambassador, guiding the Kirithons in their everyday life and ensuring that their wishes were carried out to the full. Over the years, Huldah had grown fat with power, but there was still a dark and strong handsomeness about his face, though his skin was now sallow and his beard streaked with grey. He still ruled Kirith with his own brand of fairness: everyone had all they could wish for and some, particularly if they were youngand especially attractive, had more.

The day she and eighty-four of her colleagues had left her home world on the first part of their great mission was now a distant if still treasured memory. Further back, she could remember taking the veil, renouncing all worldly pleasures and relations, and becoming a sister of the Panjistri. Four centuries later she could still smell the incense from the gold censers at the beginning of her novitiate, and hear her new brothers and sisters chanting in the Chapel of Renouncement, and the words of the Patriarch as he introduced her to the sacred mysteries.

At intervals along the walls magnificent stained glass windows, depicting mythical creatures, let in the sunlight. The bulk of the library's collection was stored in a huge circular chamber, the size of a small cathedral and built on several levels. Teachers, in their formal dress of scarlet tunic and boots, sat at long banks of desks, studying ancient manuscripts or digesting the information relayed to them by desktop computers. Hidden lighting suffused the entire room with a warm and soothing glow, and the air buzzed with the soft murmur of study.

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