Review: The Scourge of God by William Dietrich


Book Information:

The Scourge of God by William Dietrich
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 006073499X
334 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


5 out of 5

When Attila, King of the Huns, seeks to invade the Eastern Roman Empire and threaten civilization there, Jonas and other ambassadors are sent to Attila’s camp in order to keep the peace. Though, it will be hard to keep the peace when some of those ambassadors plot to get a Hun warlord to assassinate Attila. When Attila finds out about this plot, he keeps Jonas hostage while either killing or sending away the others. While being kept hostage, Jonas meets a captured Roman woman named Illana and falls in love with her – the only problem is that she is promised to the Hun warrior who saved her during the destruction of her city. So he starts coming up with a plan to escape with a sword, Illana, a fool, his wife, and himself, but this plan fails and leaves Illana in the clutches of a very angry Attila. With the stolen sword, he tries to gather allies in order win against Attila, who threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Will they succeed – and will Jonas rescue his love?

Okay, I love history-fiction, so of course, I’m going to give this book a good review. :)  There also might be spoilers in my reviews, so beware of that. :P

I admit that I don’t know much about this time in history, but even though it is fiction, I became interested through the characters, plot, and the descriptions. ;) Though, I could have gone without the description of the battle scene and what the corpses looked like. :(

There is enough description in this book to drag you into that era and get an idea of how people might have lived during the time when Attila was alive, and also it will get you thinking what would have happen if Attila had won those deciding battles/war in history. The politics in the book were boring, but the author makes it up by having some very descriptive battles — to the point where you may read over some of it — and history. I haven’t verified how much is actually true, but the general outlook of the plot — minus some of the main characters — is pretty accurate to what happened in history, for what we actually know from that time period.

Anyways, the book begins with a prologue/introduction. In the introduction, it begins with Jonas telling you a very general summary of his background. Then, after that, it goes on about the affair of Honoria and the events that Jonas was hinting about in the introduction. So, basically, it goes from the present to the past and back to the present again and then a little bit, maybe, of what will happen in the future.

I think it was very descriptive — I know I’ve said that like 200 million times, but, hey it is my review — and didn’t have that many holes in the plot or the time line of what was happening. The ending was an epilogue and made the plot a little bit more completed than if the author would have stopped with just what happened to Jonas and Illana. I suggest you don’t read if you don’t like history fiction or gory details. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet William Dietrich
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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