By Eric Balkan
Copyright 1999, 2011 by Eric Balkan
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More than a few times, I was asked: why did I write a novel about medieval Central Asia? Who's going to buy it? My response is probably the same as that of most writers: I wanted to write the kind of novel that I'd like to read. I think I succeeded doing that. Whether it's the kind of novel you want to read, you'll have to answer for yourself. :-)
I did a lot of research for City of Tears – and a book list appears in the back for those who are intrigued by what's described here and want to learn more. But I undoubtedly made some mistakes. And subordinated some part of realism to the higher priority of telling a good story. (Another reason for including a list of non-fiction books at the end.)