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The Towers of Samarcand

James Heneage

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Rise of Empires, Fiction, Historical fiction

Torn between Tamerlane's Mongolian army and the battle for Byzantium, hero Luke Magoris must fight for his birthright in the second of the epic Mistra Chronicles.

'One hell of a fine book' Conn Iggulden CAN THE GREATEST WARRIOR OF THE AGE AND A LOST ANGLO-SAXON TREASURE BE UNITED IN TIME TO RESCUE CONSTANTINOPLE?

With an Ottoman army at the gates and Constantinople set to submit, Luke Magoris must make an epic journey across a continent to the ancient city of Samarcand to approach the last hope for the Byzantine world; the Mongolian conqueror Tamerlane.

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.

Set against the vast backdrop of the Anatolian plains, this is a powerful and enthralling historical novel, full of vivid characters, compelling mystery and sensational battles.

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Praise for The Towers of Samarcand

  • A stirring tale of the struggle for Byzantium. Heneage brings to life both the tragedy and the

  • heroism - Tom Holland

  • Fascinating historical mysteries and vivid colourful characters. It's a page-turner fast enough

  • to make its own breeze - Conn Iggulden

  • A compelling narrative of intrigue, love and war - The Bookseller

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James Heneage

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.

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