Praise for THE BLOOD STAR:
Shot through with dark, exotic lyricism, Guild’s majestic historical epic cuts a wide swath through ancient Assyria, Egypt, Phoenicia, Sicily, Greece. . .This saga serves up a rich, intoxicating feast, interweaving a cultural anthropology of unfamiliar lands and a stoic meditation on mortality, fate, revenge and justice, the ties of love and blood.
August 20, 1989
Guild has surpassed himself with this long historical novel, which is entertaining from start to finish and leaves one with the feeling that there could yet be another to follow . . .dare we hope!
Upfront: Advance Reviews
May 5, 1989
With the same èlan he demonstrated in The Assyrian, Guild returns to the ancient New Eastern land featured in that tale. Lord Tiglath Ashur has been banished from Assyria by his brother the king; in disguise, he must wander the known world, fleeing those who would have him not merely exiled but dead. This picaresque novel follows Tiglath Ashur’s adventures as he ultimately recovers his fortunes and even heals the split with his brother. In Guild’s hands, historical fiction is not a breathless, stilted recitation of facts gleaned from books in the library. Instead, it is a dynamic visitation to times past, based not only on historical knowledge but also on an instinctive feel for timeless human behavior and for narrative fluency. Due to the popularity of Guild’s first Assyrian novel, this one is sure to be in demand.
August 13, 1989
The Blood Star is the kind of novel they invented summers, vacations and beaches for. It is a big, grand spectacle, an epic read that takes you back 2,700 year to ancient Assyria. It so vividly re-creates the period that you’d swear author Nicholas Guild researched the book in a previous life. . . The Blood Star is more than 660 pages long, and The Assyrian is almost as weighty, but no matter how many hours you spend with these tales, you’ll be sorry when the last page is turned.