THE SHAVA SAGA

 coming soon:
A THREE-BOOK EPIC of monumental struggles
for courage and endurance, for love and loyalty…

2C--black wash of Horatii Brothers--J-L David (3)--Paint1

Book 1
One Day a Warrior

Book 2
The Sound of Seven Thunders

Book 3
A Thousand May Fall

 

Stories on the grandest scale…
with characters and themes to match 

THE TIME is nineteen centuries ago…in an age of clashing empires and clashing gods.

The archenemy powers of Rome and Parthia revel at their apex of might
and mutual hatred—while the fates of both are astonishingly and intricately linked
to three people caught in their own complex interplay of closeness and separation:

  • a free-spirited young Parthian noblewoman captured and enslaved
    by the Romans (after the battle-death of her husband, Parthia’s greatest military hero)…
  • her captor, Rome’s most illustrious general, a man of extraordinary
    insight whose deepest love is for the genuine honor in Rome’s legacy
    (the steady erosion of which he fiercely fights)…
  • and the Parthian woman’s only son, a youth of beautiful bearing
    and prodigious skill—born into Roman slavery, yet growing up
    captivated by the pride and pomp and glory of Rome’s legions,
    much to his mother’s grief. Tragic and traumatic circumstances
    will thrust him as a young man into a raging civil war in Parthia
    where all sides stake a life-or-death claim on his future,
    as he follows a sacrificial path for the sake of the woman he loves—
    and the friend who betrays him.

Pressing uncomfortably upon their lives—and upon the vast colorful host of supporting characters—are competing religious forces in that strongly religious age:
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ the tired old gallery of ancient Roman gods;
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ a thriving and enticing mystery cult of Mithra the Bull-Slayer;
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ the alluringly powerful Magi of the East;
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ and an upstart rabble movement worshiping a crucified and resurrected teacher from Palestine.

A spirited and intricately woven portrayal
of strong-willed characters striving for freedom,
for father-love, for fulfillment of their powerful dreams,
and for a viable faith that measures up
to life’s raging realities

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“Take new courage, allow no fear;
one day we may find it pleasant to look back
and remember this affliction.
Through untold dangers, countless twists,
our path still leads onward.”

—Virgil, Aeneid, I


* illustrations above by French painter Jacques-Louis David—
TOP: a pencil study 
for a section of David’s masterpiece “The Oath of the Horatii”;
BOTTOM: detail from David’s “The Oath of the Horatii”

 

 

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