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The Walls of Byzantium by James Heneage
  

The Walls of Byzantium

Part of the Rise of Empires Series
Historical Fiction   Action Adventure / Spy   Books for the Boys   

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The beginning of an absorbing trilogy starring one Luke Magoris at the end of the fourteenth century as the Byzantine Empire was on the wane. The clash of East and West and how European civilization survived the threat of the Ottomans and the Mongols is extraordinary. The novel revolves around four main characters whose interconnecting lives illustrate the fate of the Empires from all sides. It is a huge canvas that covers a period of history not greatly served by fiction. An exciting story well told.

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Synopsis

The Walls of Byzantium by James Heneage

This sweeping historical novel is shaped by the quest for a mysterious relic, guarded through generations, and by one man that might yet save the threatened Byzantine empire. In an age of clashing empires, dark forces from the east are endangering the first light of the western Renaissance. It is an age of ruthless rulers, divided churches, fractured dynasties and intrepid traders. It is an age of great cities like Venice and Constantinople; an age of conquerors like Tamerlane who will drown the world in blood; an age when only a hero of exceptional gifts can make a difference. Luke Magoris is that hero. Born the son of one of the Varangian guards who had sworn to keep the secret relic safe, he will find himself committed to a long journey to discover - and try to avoid - his destiny. He will travel from battle to trading fortune, from horse dealing to captivity, and to the love of three very different women and the unrelenting enmity of two remarkable men. The Walls of Byzantium is the first of a series that will leave you impatient and longing for the next.

Reviews

'A stirring tale of the struggle for Byzantium. Heneage brings to life both the tragedy and the heroism'
Tom Holland

'A compelling narrative of intrigue, love and war'
The Bookseller

About the Author

James Heneage created the successful bookshop chain Ottakars and co-founded the Chalke Valley History Festival. Walls of Byzantium is his first novel. He lives near Salisbury.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th June 2014

Author

James Heneage

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Author's Website

www.mistrachronicles.com/

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Publisher

Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
Books for the Boys

Historical fiction

ISBN

9781782061144

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