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on Nov. 17, 2013 :
This is a historical novel set in 10th century Constantinople. It is loosely based on the life of Harald Sigurdsson, nicknamed Hardrada for his sternness, and is the author’s story of “what if” during the time Michal V came to power. There is mention of Zoe the empress, previous emperors, the patriarch and the various military groups working for and against New Rome/Constantinople at that time. I found myself revisiting history and past geographical locations and looking up words to more fully embrace all that was encompassed in this book. The writing was superb, the characters well drawn and the story line plausible. There is a sequel and I am wondering just how Harald will fare, even though I have looked him up in Wikipedia and have an idea of what might have happened later in his life. The ability to make the past come to life in the present is a gift and this author has done that very well. During the reading of this book I was taken back in time to a book I once read about the Janissaries and I am still trying to remember who the author was so I that can read it again.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)