The second novel in Stephen Baxter’s Time’s Tapestry series.
Inscribed in Latin, the ancient scroll known as The Prophecy has remained in the hands of a single family for generations, revealing secrets about the world to come, and guiding them to wealth and power…
Three centuries have passed since Rome fell, as foretold by The Prophecy—which is now in the hands of a young girl who lives disguised as a boy among the monks on the isle of Lindisfarne. When the Vikings come, deliberately destroying the final copies of the scroll, it will still live on—in the memory of one family. And when William of Normandy, whom history will call the Conqueror, rises to power, once more the fate of the land rests on actions inspired by the ancient words.
But as time passes, memories dim—and the surviving member of the family struggles to understand his heritage before all knowledge of the future will be lost to the past…
Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge and Southampton Universities. Baxter is the winner of both the British Science Fiction Association Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award,… More about Stephen Baxter
“Fascinating…These books serve as a refreshing overview of history and give the interesting flavor of how some events and small groups of people can change the course of the world.”—SF Revu
“[A] series…full of page-turning action, intriguing mystery and awe-inspiring scientific speculation. Full of evocative historical detail and characters who jump off the page, this is history lived by people whose future is not yet locked as our past.”—The Eternal Night
“This is fast-moving populist fiction written with a scholar’s interest in the past as Baxter brings to life Norse raiders, merchants, monks, and those who serve in the retinue of kings. It’s masterful, a mix of widescreen spectacle and telling details. Mighty impressive.”—SFX
“Well written and certainly engaging, dealing with an interesting period of history in an interesting manner.”—Strange Horizons
“If you like action, look no further. Conqueror is like a ringside seat at the History Channel as it brings alive with all vividness the Dark Ages and the blood, stench, and brutality of that era’s wars and migrations…Baxter is consistently readable, heir apparent to Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s mantle as senior British SF writer…Time’s Tapestry makes for compulsive reading. Conqueror moves its story well down the field. With its rich historical backdrop, memorable characters and fast-paced action, this is a novel that’s certain to please.”—Sci Fi Dimensions