Crowns of Amara, written by author A. H. Septimius, is an unflinching account of power, love and dynastic rivalry set in the ancient world. The opulent and treacherous world of the Shazarian court is brought elegantly to life by talented young writer A. H. Septimius. An emotive page-turner, gripping political drama, and sweeping fantasy; Crowns of Amara is the sword-and-sorcery tale of the year.
A gripping tale set in a mythological Africa, which masterfully challenges the Eurocentric paradigm in contemporary literature and announces itself as a modern masterpiece. Critics acclaim it as an ‘Eastern’ answer to modern fictional scholarship, for the first time capturing the essence of ancient Africa with a captivating writing style. In the era of Black Lives matter, ‘oscarssowhite’ and heightened racial tension across the globe Crowns of Amara provides critics with the broad perspective required in such times.
A groundbreaking tale of despotic empires, political chicanery and passionate love set for the first time in a mythological land representing Africa. Not since Lord of the Rings has so comprehensive and convincing a world been created by an author. Beneath political manoeuvring, dynastic rivalry, marauding hordes, divine oracles, and swashbuckling soldiers is a subtle story of love and family in the midst of a land approaching its death throes.
Elegantly written, by a writer steeped in historical knowledge, Crowns of Amara is an exceptionally written political thriller, which is the first of its kind.
‘Crowns of Amara is an emotive tale which attempts to bring to life the grandeur that was ancient Africa. In an age when the splendour of Africa is but a distant memory, this historical fiction intends to remind the world, particularly Africa itself, that the land was once the seat of reason, justice and glory.’ A. H. Septimius
The epic tale of the Negus Dynasty, the ‘Imperial Crime Family’. ‘Crowns of Amara’ is a tale of power, love and betrayal between the great powers of the mythical continent ancient Amara. This epic saga chronicles the rivalries of rulers of kingdoms, in lands where civilisation first stirred, charting the rise and fall of the nations within its bounds. The city of Shazaria has expanded its borders to dominate large parts of the land, through ruthless military conquest and duplicitous political manoeuvring. Peace finally reigns in the Empire after Sixto’s War, granting the Negus family five years of tranquillity to govern their vast dominions. However, ageing Shazarian Emperor Mansu, who has ruled for five decades, unexpectedly falls ill on the night the city imperial palace is visited by an oracle. As he lies on his deathbed; the battle for succession begins, threatening a return to the days of civil war. The Emperor’s son, the ‘Golden Prince’ Theo, his nephew, ruthless chancellor, Lord Ratilla and his wife Thema the foreign Empress all have claims to the ‘Lions Throne’. A war, which engulfs the Negus family, breaks out between the factions, initiating a sequence of events which pulls every kingdom in the entire continent into its destructive sway.
The scope of transatlantic period drama released in Europe needs to be widened, as minorities in within its bounds become increasing diversified. Crowns of Amara is intended to begin to redress the literary dearth, at a stroke. Yet, this tale of Romanesque empires, Tudor style dynastic rivalries, Persian sized armies, Egyptian scale grandeur, and imperial competition evocative of the nineteenth century is for all who enjoy literature. This modern masterpiece, the first in an extensive series, will have an immediate and lasting impact upon the literary world.
About the author:
Born in London, A. H. Septimius attended Birkbeck College where he read History whilst working in the city. The eldest of four siblings, A. H. Septimius was reared by those whose parents made England their home in the Windrush era. He is author of the Crowns of Amara series the first of which, The Return Of The Oracle, is now in circulation. A. H. Septimius continues to reside in London and to read History at institutes of higher education. Please use the contact details provided to get in touch with the author to arrange interviews, leave reviews, send review copies, and request meetings.
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