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A select band of soldiers led by Luke Magoris are given the mission of persuading Tamerlane to defend Constantinople. The great conqueror must turn his forces to the West to fight the Ottomans, who otherwise would destroy Constantinople and the Byzantine empire. Luke, torn away from the woman he loves and all he knows, is trained as a Mongol warrior to impress Tamerlane and his army before joining his fellow Varangian guards, descendants of the men who once brought a vital treasure out of Constantinople. It is this treasure, some say, that can still save the empire - uniting the Christian churches of the east and west in one final triumphant crusade to smite the Ottomans. No longer an innocent patriot, Luke is caught in the crossfire and begins to question if his mission is honourable - or whether those who sent him have the best interests of Byzantium at heart. The Towers of Samarcand is a powerful historical novel full of lively characters and enthralling scenes of battle, wealth, beliefs and trade in a part of the world torn by the clash of empires.
A sequel to The Walls of Byzantium, Heneage’s latest novel transports us to the year 1396 and the vast, unforgiving Anatolian plains where Chris-tianity and Islam meet head-on. The protagonist, Luke Magoris, sets out to reach the legendary city of Samarcand where resides Tamerlane, hero of the Mongols. As in Heneage’s earlier book, treasure is involved, but Magoris is forced to confront his conscience and decide whether his mission is an honourable one. The sense of time and place is perfectly captured and, though the book is a sequel, it can equally be read as a stand-alone story.
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||9th April 2015|
|Publisher:||Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
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.More About James Heneage