Oath of Empire is a series of four books (Shadow of Ararat, Gate of Fire, Storm of Heaven, Dark Lord) that follow the adventures of a handsome prince (Maxian), an Irish lad (Dwyrin MacDonald), a young Roman woman (Thyatis Clodia) and an Egyptian priest (Ahmet) through triumph, trouble and epic conflict between the Roman and Persian Empires in the 7th century AD. Love, romance, slaughter, intrigue, sorcery and sacrifice... a Cinerama / De Mille movie on paper!

Thomas Harlan

News 08-01-2001

  • New pictures of ZoŽ, Odenathus and Nicholas of Roskilde by Billy Payne added to the Characters page.
  • The STORM OF HEAVEN (Oath of Empire, book #3) is in stores now. Buy a copy today!
  • Just to tide you over until next year, deleted scenes from STORM and the first four chapters of THE DARK LORD are available on-line. Enjoy!

Convention Appearances

Thomas will be at WorldCon Philadelphia in August 30 - September 3rd, 2001.

He will not be at World Fantasy Con (in Montreal) this year, sadly.

Bookstores Where You Can Buy These Books

Other Items of Interest

Need to find a reference to something obscure? Use the Glossarium!

During the editing of STORM OF HEAVEN (#3), some entire chapters were removed. These missing scenes can be found on the Storm Deletions page.

What about all this magical foolery? Barzai the Wise answers your thaumaturgic questions on the Arcana Mundi page.

Who are all these people? A listing of all the major characters and (in time) their pictures is on the Characters page.

Need to know where something is? Confused by the descriptions of battles? You need to enter the Geographica!

The first (pretty long) chapter from The Storm of Heaven can be found here. Read and enjoy!

Portions of the background notes for Oath of Empire can be found here.

All the critical reviews (good and bad!) for Shadow of Ararat, Gate of Fire and Storm of Heaven can be found on their respective Press pages. 

The Sassanid Persian empire plays a large role in Oath of Empire, so if you're interested in reading some more about the Sassanid military, here's an article by Chris Cornuelle from the military fanzine Slingshot.

There's some art associated with Oath, and it can be viewed in the Gallery. (Warning! There are some fat ol' graphics on this page)

And you can't possibly have a big epic book series without nattering about who would play what in The Movie...