Their revolution would ignite a continent...An epic novel set during one of the most savage and dramatic moments in European history.
Their revolution would ignite a continent...
An epic novel set during one of the most savage and dramatic moments in European history.
In the wild south, the people of the Mani have risen up against four hundred years of Ottoman rule. But initial triumph leads to bitter feuding among the Greek victors and the Sultan sends his vassal, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt, to invade. Burning everything in his path, he is on the point of victory. Only the intervention of the Great Powers of France, Russia and Britain can save Greece.
Hara, young daughter of a Maniot chief, is the fearless symbol of her people's spirit. When she rescues Greek Prince Tzanis from a shipwreck, on his way to deliver secret gold for the revolution, they fall in love but are forced apart by events.
Yet a shared resolve to wreak vengeance on Turkish rule unites them again, and their heroism and sacrifice will ultimately inspire an unlikely band of men and women to join them in rescuing Greece. Will their plan to involve the Great Powers succeed before Greece is destroyed by fire?
'Wonderful history, adventure and a heart-breaking love story are brought thrillingly to life' - Kate Mosse
A fast-moving and superbly intelligent adventure - Jason Goodwin
A compelling narrative of intrigue, love and war - The Bookseller
A dramatic read from the very outset - Simon Scarrow
A gripping, epic tale set against a broad and breath-taking canvas. Do not miss this compelling page-turner - Alison Weir
Wonderful history, adventure and a heart-breaking love story are brought thrillingly to life - Kate Mosse
A grand, sweeping drama of the finest kind, miss this excellent book at your peril - Ben Kane
Fascinating historical mysteries and vivid colourful characters. One hell of a fine book - Conn Iggulden
A stirring tale of the struggle for Byzantium, Heneage brings to life both the tragedy and the heroism - Tom Holland
James Heneage is the founder of the Ottakars chain of bookshops and the co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He has been fascinated by history, in particular Byzantine history, since a child. He now lives part of the year in the Peloponnese, where he has written much of his fiction to date. Otherwise he lives near Salisbury with his wife and family.