The Towers of Samarcand (2019)

The Towers of Samarcand James Heneage The Towers of Samarcand A select band of soldiers led by Luke Magoris are given the mission of persuading Tamerlane to defend Constantinople The great conqueror must turn his forces to the West to fight the Ottomans who oth
  • Title: The Towers of Samarcand
  • Author: James Heneage
  • ISBN: 9781782061151
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
The Towers of Samarcand James Heneage A select band of soldiers led by Luke Magoris are given the mission of persuading Tamerlane to defend Constantinople The great conqueror must turn his forces to the West to fight the Ottomans, who otherwise would destroy Constantinople and the Byzantine empire.Luke, torn away from the woman he loves and all he knows, is trained as a Mongol warrior to impress Tamerlane andA select band of soldiers led by Luke Magoris are given the mission of persuading Tamerlane to defend Constantinople The great conqueror must turn his forces to the West to fight the Ottomans, who otherwise would destroy Constantinople and the Byzantine empire.Luke, torn away from the woman he loves and all he knows, is trained as a Mongol warrior to impress Tamerlane and his army before joining his fellow Varangian guards, descendants of the men who once brought a vital treasure out of Constantinople It is this treasure, some say, that can still save the empire uniting the Christian churches of the east and west in one final triumphant crusade to smite the Ottomans.No longer an innocent patriot, Luke is caught in the crossfire and begins to question if his mission is honourable or whether those who sent him have the best interests of Byzantium at heart.The Towers of Samarcand is a powerful historical novel full of lively characters and enthralling scenes of battle, wealth, beliefs and trade in a part of the world torn by the clash of empires.
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  1. Bookdragon Sean

    Every so often I come across a book that is absolutely impossible to get into I find myself staring out the window and try to put of reading it I have to force myself through its pages and wish for an end that is a long way off I struggle and I persist, and, ultimately, regret the time I spent on the book Does this sound familiar This was a review copy, so I forced myself through it when I may have given up much earlier I hated every minute of it though Reading this was a very tiresome experienc [...]

  2. Andy

    I must at first admit to dreading having to read this book indulge me If you will as i give a little background having won this book on a giveaway I was surprised to learn it was in fact pt II of a series called the Mistra Chronicles so my quest took me first to the library so I could get upto speed so to say with The Walls of Byzantium which they obliging had, Brilliant says I settles into my 1000pg back 2 back readathon.You can guess, it was a shocker review show read allaboutit here.BUT a dea [...]

  3. Linda Humberstone

    Terrific book, can t wait for the next one to be written, hope it isn t too long I enjoyed this even better than the first one, probably because all the characters were already in place and you could start getting into it straight away Also, I like the informative notes at the end that enable you to learn what did or did not really happen I am shocked at the cruelty of Tamerlane, although his daring strategies were brilliant and his advance towards the West amazing I have learnt a lot history a [...]

  4. Miltos

    With this book the author attempts to take the reader on a journey along the late 14th cent silk road, a trade route that extends from Rome all the way to China Being a history buff myself, I gave it a 4 star rating although I had given the 1st book a 3 star rating Here s why The flaws I found in ToS are dragging from the first book, mainly, that the protagonist couple are a bit boring and lack some controversy or flaws that would make them human and their motivation a bit realistic The plot h [...]

  5. Hilary Green

    Review of The Mistra Chronicles Books 1 and 2 James Heneage.I love books that take me to exotic and unfamiliar times and places and these books do that in spades They are set during the last days of the Byzantine Empire, when Constantinople is under threat from the Turks I did not know that Mistra, on the Greek Peloponnese, was one of the last outposts of the empire but Heneage s description has made me want to visit it His hero, Luke, is descended from one of the Varangians, exiles from England [...]

  6. Cristina

    MUCH better than the previous novel in the series, and has left me looking forward to the next one whenever it comes out One word in the title of this book was the whole reason I started reading both of them Samarkand That and the mention of Timur or Tamerlane, the great warrior emperor from Central Asia that everyone kept talking to me about on my recent trip to Samarkand Historical fiction is a good entryway into the past, gives you a taste for events and historical figures so that if they int [...]

  7. Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    I received this book for free as part of First Reads giveaways This review may contain spoilers.Ideally, I d give this book 3.5 stars It was an interesting historical read, but I found it difficult to follow the different storylines at times.Although this book was the second in a series, I found it fairly easy to follow, even though I don t have a lot of knowledge about the time this book is set in Luke s character was a fairly intriguing one and I liked the relationships and friendships he had [...]

  8. Catharine Jones

    I had to make sure I had this book as soon as I finished the first one Only problem now is that I have to wait for the author to write up the third book This book takes places on the Steppes and in the lands of Uzbekistan I ve long been drawn to wanting to visit Samarkand, and I want to go there even now.A fantastic book for awakening an interest in a region and a time which I have not yet paid attention to.

  9. Augustine Kobayashi

    So historically inaccurate the author thinks Aeneas was Greek , light hearted and harmless historical adventure novel nonetheless Not as good as the first book of the series, perhaps because the novel has it that Temur was too much swayed by machinations of outsiders such as the Varangian hero i.e an English warrior in employ of Byzantium OK read if you are interested in history of Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, Central Asia etc Not for those who take historical fictions too seriously

  10. Jason Higgins

    An epic adventure that follows the journey of a varangian night into the world of the Mongols and their insane leader Can he stay alive long enough to bring the Mongol hordes to the aid of Constantinople as he battles to save the Byzantium empire.I received the book for free through First Reads.

  11. Paul

    A tad manic with a few big historical alterations but good characters and political play and always enjoyable

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