This remarkable, sweeping historical novel, rich in story and character, is shaped by the quest for a hidden treasure, rumoured to bequeath riches beyond belief and guarded by successive generations of famed warriors.
15th-century Europe: a time of warring states and ruthless growing empires, divided churches and dynamic traders. In the midst of growing unrest, rivals battle for this treasure, each desperate to secure its power for their own nations. But no-one can discover its whereabouts; nor even knows if it is still in the possession of those born to guard it....
Four remarkable characters from four leading families provide the story as their crossed allegiances, plots and passions are played out on this epic scale. Yet the private lives are there too, and in castle and church, in siege and on battlefield, the love, fear, violence and reluctant loyalty to creed or destiny propel the characters to their fates. Walls of Byzantium is the first of a series and will leave you impatient and longing for the next.
"A stirring tale of the struggle for Byzantium. Heneage brings to life both the tragedy and the heroism." (Tom Holland)
"A compelling narrative of intrigue, love, and war" (The Bookseller)
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Great book and narrator
Believable, fast paced
The village labyrinth. I can really picture it :)
Well paced, good narration
History in the making
More fiction than historical fiction.
No. I can't believe I wasted so many hours of my life on this book.
I understand that the main characters needed to be in certain places at certain times to fulfil the historical part of the genre but I began to despise tha characters for being so one dimensional and prone to mishap.
If Suleiman truly spent so much time romancing a ninny then how did he have the time to do anything? It was a bit too Mills & Boon for me, light on fact or detail. It was not believable, coherent or consistent.
Seeing that there is a sequel I wonder if this book is just the set up, which would explain the disjointed narrative and loose ends. I just cannot be bothered to listen to anymore.
Performance was okay.
Boredom and self disgust because I actually persevered to the end.