Rogue SwordPoul Anderson
From glittering Venice to bloody Gallipoli, from barbaric northern Europe to decadent Byzantium, plundering hordes hacked and tore at the once mighty Roman Empire. The giant of the world was faltering, bleeding from a thousand wounds as it tried to hold its snarling enemies at bay. These were the days of savagery and splendor, when wanton fury and greed fed men's souls and only the cunning and powerful survived.
This was the world of Lucas Greco, warrior rogue whose sword had become a legend to friend and foe alike. Both hating and loving the horror and cruelty of war, he was driven from battle to battle and woman to woman in a desperate effort to wrench beauty and meaning from a chaotic world. Scarred by war and love, he yearned for the promise of peach which could only be found in the arms of a beautiful pagan slave girl...
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.