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The Holy Land, 1260.

Josseran Sarrazini is chosen to escort the Pope's emissary on an embassy 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 Christendom again.

Meanwhile, somewhere near the Roof of the World, a Tatar princess possessing a gift for prophecy, defies her father's attempts to marry her off to the sons of other tribal chiefs. She does not belong in her world any more than Josseran belongs in his.

Now fate will bring their paths on a collision course somewhere on the Silk Road and change the course of her life, and Josseran's, forever.

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 breathtaking scale.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Colin Falconer (P)2018 Tantor

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Could be better

It is a good story with the exception of a rushed ending that leaves you hanging. The main characters elicit strong feelings in the reader. Just as it should be. My biggest complaint with this book was the audio quality. Emily Woo Zeller has a beautiful voice when doing the narrative. However, her vocal characterizations of male characters are terrible. Some are mildly believable and others are oafish charicatures of humans. But, by far, the greatest flaw in this recording is the audio levels. The narrarive is beautifully done, but barely a whisper. If you turn it up to hear that clearly, most dialog is a relative shouting match, even when not justified by the story. As in, so loud it hurts, sending you to the volume control. This book could be made much better by remastering the original recording with much more audio level compression.

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Excellent story

Really enjoyed the story although it was difficult to follow or track where they really were as they traveled. But overall it was very compelling. However as there were so many male characters I felt that the storyteller should have been a man

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Not what I had hoped for.

Thought the story was too unbelievable and the narrator's voice for the men was irritating to listen to.

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Strong Characters

I love historical fiction. The Silk Road by Colin Falconer ia a very entertaining story. It's not only dramatic but also very well researched and quite frankly I leaned more about the Silk Roads than listening to a Non-Fiction narrative.
If you are looking for a great story while also getting a higher reality about living on the Silk Roads in the 12th century, this book is it.
After listening to this book, I added Mr. Falconer to my staple list of authors.

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Fantastic book

I couldn’t stop listening. Compelling and beautifully written! Well researched. One of the best books I’ve ever read!!

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Really good book I enjoyed it wished it was a set

this is a Really good book it sweeps you away as all good novels shoud and lets you for a time to ride with the Mongol hordes

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Who is Truly the Barbarian?

You get to the end of this novel and you don't want it to end and start searching for a follow-on to this lovely & tragic story. The richness comes in the background and cultural descriptions interweaved with historical events & figures. West meets East... who is truly the barbarian?