An immortalized cavalry commander joins forces with the high-priest of the god of war.... Where myth meets legend, two men kiss and Tempus' world changes forever. Meet and mourn the Slaughter Priest in "A Man and His God." In this canonical short novel, the Sacred Band begins when Abarsis, Slaughter Priest, brings his Sacred Band to Tempus and dies in his arms.
In this pivotal story, the Sacred Band is formed from love and death....
"Tempus put an arm under Abarsis' head and gathered him up, pulling the wounded priest across his lap. “Hush, now.”
“Soon, soon,” said the paling lips. “I did well for you. Tell me so...that you are content. O Riddler, so well do I love you, I go to my god singing your praises. When I meet my father, I will tell him...I...fought beside you.”
“Go with more than that, Stepson,” whispered Tempus, who leaned forward and kissed him gently on the mouth; and Abarsis breathed out his soul while their lips yet touched."
This landmark short novel contains what may be the first male/male kiss in modern fantasy, and was widely reprinted, after appearing in somewhat different form in Thieves' World(r), in the Science Fiction Book Club, two Issac Asimov collections, and the Baen Book "Tempus" by Janet Morris.
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A Man and His God is the tale of a man who has walked away from his god and the steps to bring him back. Along the way we see eunuchs, witches, wizards and a band of the brotherhood. This is a short story that really packs it all in. I enjoyed it very much. I was especially pleased that I had the audio version read by David Kudler. I thought he narrated the story very well and I would like to listen to more audio performances by him.
so vivid and moving
A short novella focusing on Tempus (sometimes referred to as “Death”) and Abrasis (Slaughter from the North) both are mercenaries of the god of war; they are faced with decisions that make them tragic, heroic and complex. The most moving scene of the book comes when Tempus comforts Abrasis as he dies in his arms; Tempus seals Abrasis’ death with a tender kiss.
The scene of Tempus comforting Abrasis as he breathes his last breath before he succumbs to death and then sealing his death with a kiss is so vivid and moving that I was reduced to blinking the tears from my eyes.
Janet Morris has researched her subject very well and brings this ancient world of mythology to life through her words and vivid descriptions. I enjoy stories with a mythological base to them but I found this one to more moving emotionally than any other I have heard or read. Morris wrote this book in such a manner that anyone could pick it up and immediately become engrossed in it. However, this is not a book you can only pay half attention to and get it. This is one that requires steady listening to in order to pick up all the nuances and plots.
David Kudler approached his narration of this book professionally, making the passion of the characters come alive. His voice for Tempus was hypnotic.
A very short listen but one packed with action, violence and moments that will move you.
There were no production issues.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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