Zurga’s Fire (The Orfeo Saga Book 3) by Murray Lee Eiland Jr.

Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by ellen

Another cold day is another good day for a book! You may remember that I reviewed The Orfeo Saga Book 2 a few days ago for you. I was very excited when I was Zurga's Fire (The Orfeo Saga Book 3) by Murray Lee Eiland Jr.offered Zurga’s Fire (The Orfeo Saga Book 3) to review as well. 

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Zurga’s Fire (The Orfeo Saga Book 3)

The Getae inhabited the region on either side of the Lower Danube River, in what is today northern Bulgaria and southern Romania. They were in contact with ancient Greeks from an early date. Herodotus – writing in the 5th century BC – extols their martial spirit: “…when it lightens and thunders, they aim their arrows at the sky, uttering threats against the god; and they do not believe that there is any god but their own.”

They ruthlessly incorporate conquered people into their society through enslavement, and are prepared to kill those who are not useful to their plans. They have no need for the luxuries of city life. Fighting in troops of mounted archers, they mock individual heroes. Getae have a long history of reducing enemies in deadly hails of arrows while not getting close enough to lose warriors in single combat. Here Orfeo and his warriors must deal with an expanding Getae empire during the heroic age of Greece. Vastly outnumbered, can they stop an invasion that threatens not only their lives, but also their entire culture?

My thoughts:

I’ve always been fascinated by the ancient nomadic cultures so I was very excited to learn that Zurga’s fire included a lot of information about them. The story has so much information and detail that it was easy for me to really picture myself in the story rather than just reading it. Orfeo and Clarice (from the last book) work with Zurga, King Telemon, and Daryush to fight off a tyrant. Again, in this story, Clarice is shown as a strong female character rather than your stereotypical female of the times which makes the story all the more enjoyable.

Zurga’s Fire really is filled with action and adventure. There are loads of battles in the story with a lot of detail as to what’s going on. I shared a bit of this story with my husband who is a huge fan of historical fiction and he really enjoyed the story as well. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, I definitely think you’ll enjoy this series and especially book 3.

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