Silk Road

The Holy Land, 1260

Templar knight, Josseran Sarrazini is chosen to escort the Pope’s emissary, a Dominican friar, on a diplomatic mission to the all-conquering Mongol horde in an effort to broker a peace deal. To do it, they must undertake one of the most extraordinary journeys ever made.

Although he serves as a Templar warrior, Josseran is not all that he appears to be – and he despises the Pope’s man on sight.

Now they have to spend nine months in each other’s company on the most dangerous and most inhospitable journey on the earth – across the legendary deserts of Persia, through the horrific black hurricanes of the Taklimakan, along the entire spider’s web of the Silk Road to Khubilai Khan’s legendary capital at Xanadu.

From the Storehouse of Winds to the Palace of Myriad Tranquillities, from the Pamirs and Hindu Kush to the legendary Xanadu and the dazzling court of Khubilai Khan, this is adventure on a breath-taking scale.


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What readers are saying:

“A magisterial tale.” UK Daily Mail

“The plot is rich and sure to keep the reader focused on turning the page to learn what happens next – and always to some shocking circumstance or pleasant surprise… plenty of the odd and unusual to keep me fascinated throughout. It is the richness of the prose itself that truly made this historical era come alive.” Historical Novel Review

“It’s wonderfully written, the characters gripping and with an epic story to unfurl within, it’s one that keeps you going from the start to the end.” Falcatta Times.

“A rich tale covering an iconic route within a tumultuous historical period, told in a lively and engaging voice. Thoroughly recommended.’ Bookbag

“Silk Road then is a highly recommended read. Falconer demonstrates exceptional characterization.” Bookgeeks

“The level of research that has been undertaken is clearly evident, but without ever becoming intrusive on the story …I enjoyed it from cover to cover. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans.” Des Greene, Novel Suggestions

“This epic adventure story is full of daring, suspense, adventure and failure… an intimate view of the way Tatars, Muslims and Crusaders lived. It is living history at its best, fictionalized yet immensely believable.” Alan Gold, Good Reading.

“With several twists to keep the reader engaged until the very last, Silk Road is sure to find its way onto the bookshelves of lovers of a thrilling tale.” Liverpool Daily Post (UK)


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Thanks to reader Alan Dawes for this brilliant map!

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