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The Sebastian’s Way novels are about many things: the Christian-pagan wars of the early Middle Ages; medieval life in the village as well as the manor; the astonishing technological and consequent social changes that occurred in the so-called Dark Ages; romance and the role of women in those early times; and the mystic medieval world view and its unique accompanying unity. The early Middle Ages were a savory stew of human life and as rich and deep as the soil of the North German Plains.

The story line of the novels that runs through all these fascinating aspects of the times is about two men: one, a real-life protagonist, the great king Charlemagne, later emperor of what one day would be called “The Holy Roman Empire,” and the other a fictional protagonist, Sebastian, a simple warrior in the king’s army who learns to read and perforce to think in an unconventional way.

The king strives mightily to conquer, unify and Christianize all of Europe. His method is simply to decree and enforce, most often with the point of a sword in annual bloody campaigns against any and all who would stand against him. Sebastian strives just as mightily to convince his king that he can achieve his ends in more permanent and less sanguinary ways.

Although the king loves Sebastian for his pluck and originality, he is often exasperated by Sebastian’s stubborn, ethical ways. Sebastian narrowly avoids disaster in Book I, The Pathfinder, but in Book II, The Paladin, he makes some headway and gains the king’s trust. The result is the life of a paladin, one of the king’s twelve champions who will do his will without question, regardless of the difficulty or danger. Sebastian is sent to the East, to the fabled cities of Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Baghdad with consequent high adventure and narrow escapes.
Get ready to be obsessed as you flip through the pages of George’s Steger’s “Sebastian’s Way: The Paladin”. The book is available for purchase on his website, along with “Sebastian’s Way: The Pathfinder”, the first book of the Sebastian Chronicles.

“Sebastian’s Way: The Paladin”
Written by George Steger
Published by iUniverse
Published Date: December 15, 2016
Paperback: $20.99
About the Author
Colonel Steger had two long careers which contributed greatly to the story of Sebastian, a military one with many years abroad in Europe and Vietnam, from which much of the action and adventure emerged, and an academic one as a professor of history at the University of Saint Mary at which the compassionate, philosophical, and romantic side of Sebastian was evoked. He is now Professor Emeritus in History and International Affairs and writes from his home in rural Kansas.

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