“Callous executions, one-eyed camel drivers, corruption, sin, a heart-wrenching love story, dark secrets, and life and death circumstances are revealed at a fast pace in each brief chapter. 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. That’s what I loved most about this book – 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
The Holy Land, 1260
Josseran Sarrazini is chosen to escort the Pope’s emissary on a diplomatic mission to the all-conquering Mongol horde in an effort to save all Christendom from destruction. But 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.
When he sets out, Josseran cannot know then that he will never see his home again. Because somewhere out there, there’s a Tatar princess who feels just as much an exile among her own kind as he does.
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 romance and adventure on a breath-taking scale.
“A magisterial tale.” UK Daily Mail