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He nobility are tainted by treachery and even the ferocious loyalty of the legendary Varangian Guard can no longer be trusted You are Demetrios the nveiler of mysteries The illuminator #OF SHADOWS THE MASTER OF THE #shadows The master of the the emperor s eunuch chamberlain hires Demetrios Askiates to investigate the assassination attempt Demetrios is a former mercenary with a dark and brutal past and a widower with two young daughters After a life of fighting and killing people he has turned instead to the detective s profession and his skills make him seem like a Greek version of Sherlock Holmes walking the streets of medieval ConstantinopleThroughout his investigation Demetrios crosses paths with Thomas a Frankish orphan Anna a physician living in a monastery Sigurd and Aelric warriors of the Varangian Guard Domenico a Genoese merchant dealing in information Baldwin and Godfrey of Bouillon foremost among the first crusaders and even Alexios and Isaak the immensely powerful Komnenoi brothers themselvesHarper expertly manages to combine two different genres The Mosaic of Shadows is a typical murder mystery while at the same time leaning heavily on different aspects of historical fiction The focus is definitely on the former but the book is filled with grand descriptions of historical realities like the tension between the crusaders and the people of Constantinople and the intrigue of the Byzantine court Because of this combination it is somewhat reminiscent of one of my favourite books ever The Name of the RoseThe crisis of the eleventh century and the following Komnenian Restoration of the Byzantine Empire is a period of history I eleventh century and the following Komnenian Restoration of the Byzantine Empire is a period of history I well this is probably also a good place to brag shamelessly about being a descendant of the Komnenoi family Because of that it was very easy for me to spot minor historical inaccuracies In addition to that there were a lot of people missing in this book who would have been really interesting to include both among the crusaders and the Byzantine nobility That said I do not believe the author did any of this by mistake It would have been a difficult task to include everyone and everything and since this is historical fiction and not historical fact I have no problem accepting the author taking liberties with historical accuracy The Mosaic of Shadows was definitely a positive surprise It could have been better in many ways but in the end Harper still managed to leave me impressed The book was delightfully exciting and fast paced and for the last two hundred pages I couldn t stop reading I should mention that you do not need any historical knowledge to enjoy the book and I would not hesitate to recommend this one to anyone who enjoys reading crime fiction or historical fiction with a focus on mystery35 stars Because Markus fanboyed in the second book TBR The detective part was extremely slow moving The historical part was kind of strangely vague and as a whole it did was not really exiting book Not a bad read interesting period piece. Usaders have arrived intent on making their fortunes in war and they have no allegiance to an empire they eye with jealousy and suspicion As the armies of east and west confront each other and the assassin creeps ever closer to his prey Demetrios must ntangle the golden web of intrigue which surrounds the Emperor before the city and the empire are drowned in bloodA gripping historical epic that transports the reader back to an eventful and exhilarating era the violence and intrigue of the Middle Age. ,
This book was entertaining though not as engaging as I was hoping for Demetrios is a good character his daughters an Exciting read the ending left me feeling A LITTLE FLAT THOUGH ESPECIALLY WHEN little flat though especially when bad guy reveals himself But this is a solid four star readThis book was referred to me by a friend whose hobby was participating in the Society for Creative Anachronisms SCA his personacharacter a crusader He studied history swordplay etc for his part and fell in love with this book he said for its accuracy Also it with "this book he said for its accuracy Also it a very good story "book he said for its accuracy Also it a very good story he told me repeatedly 35 Enjoyed but not a wow Some parts seemed to drag along as if marking time but I enjoyed the looks at several different levels of Byzantine life monastery private citizen royalty etc I kind of liked how the affairs of the West generated next to no interest for the average Byzantine citizen just as it should be In theory I shouldn t really like this book The majority of historical fiction that ticks my boxes tends to be that which is based around battles bloody intrigue and grisly realism In other words a lot of actionDisregard the rather misleading blurb from the back cover of the book This book for the most part revolves around a plot to assassinate the Emperor Alexius by a shadowy fanatical monk and an amazingly modern weapon called a tzangara or a crossbow to you and me There is relatively few instances where blood is shed though not so few as to be a bloodless book and yet maintains my interest for the majority of the bookThere are instances where the dialogue or wording occasionally seems a bit pompous but for the most part this is an enjoyable easily digestible book to pig out on The characters Demetrios Sigurd in particular though not just them have a noticeable realistic distinctly human feel to them which is something overlooked by a lot of historical fiction writers it seemsI m not saying this book will blow you away or at least it didn t me though that could as much be in part to the relatively mid tempo nature of the book than anything literary It should however still provide you with enough to entertain you and keep you wanting to wolf down just one chapter before pausing A not mindblowing but still promising opening start to a series and arguably a good standalone book in itself Hopefully the next in the trilogy will keep the momentum goingIt s nice to read the opening book in a series again and actually be motivated to want to read the next nlike so many other instances I ve had over the last few monthsThree out of five stars is admittedly doing the book a little bit of a disservice as I would openly listen to arguments it deserves four but I have to go with my gut feeling on this and say it s the most minutest of microns short of ite being a 45 in my eyes A very slow first effort The story is set in 1095 Constantinople during the reign of the Emperor Alexios The POV of the story is a man known for his brains Demetrios Askiates He is called to the palace to join the search for the man wh. Byzantium 1096When a mysterious assassin looses his arrow at the Emperor he has than a man in his sights; the keystone of a crumbling empire the Emperor is the solitary figure holding its enemies in check If he falls then the mightiest power in Christendom will be torn apart Aware of the stakes the Emperor hires Demetrios Askiates the nveiler of mysteries to catch the would be killerBut Demetrios is entering an nknown and mysterious world a bubbling cauldron of princes slaves mercenaries pimps and.

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Mosaic of ShadowsO tried to kill the Emperor in the street with an exotic weapon from the West They also are looking for the powerful people who set the plan in motion So its an historical mysteryWhile the intrigue is going on in the city there first crusade has arrived outside the city walls Barbarians from the West who are ostensibly there to kill Turks and free the Holy City of Jerusalem In actuality they are looking to loot rape plunder and carve out land for themselves Those in the city know this and must play a subtle game with the outsidersThe writing is good and the characters are done well Its the story that is very slow There is lot of time spent with the POV going back and forth with very little story movement The setting is well done and not too overwhelming with description If the story was tighter and shorter it would be a very good page turner As it is it is one of those books that you just want to end I found this to be a very entertaining book and look forward to reading the rest of the adventures of Demetrios Askiates The setting of the novel lends to an exciting look into the Byzantine Empire and the growth of Christianity The author builds excitement and progresses the thriller in a beautiful manner I would highly recommend for anyone wanting to read a fictional historical thriller I just hope the next two books are as entertaining Out across the snow swept fields the sun had sunk beneath the rim of the clouds facing s like a glowing eye The sky and land alike were caught in its crimson glare shimmering red but that was not what had silenced the watchmen On the ridge across the plain some two miles distant an army had appeared They rode towards Lay My Burden Down us with the sun behind them their spears like pricks of flame and their banners dark above them They were moving forward but as one row passed into the shadows below the ridge another camep on their heels and took its place It was a host of thousands tens of thousands and the snow turned black Vérité (Love at Center Court, underfoot as they marched towards our gateThe barbarians had comeThus Tom Harper describes the arrival of the First Crusade before the walls of Constantinopleeen of Cities and the beating heart of the Christian world The Mosaic of Shadows begins in the year 1096 The Byzantine Empire heir to the ancient legacy of Rome has been in rapid decline for the last seventy years With Turks invading from the east Normans from the west and noble families conspiring for the throne in and around the capital itself the empire has become but a shadow of its former selfBut Byzantium has a new emperor Alexios Komnenos who rose to prominence by defeating rebels and surpers in the emperor s name and then seizing the throne by igniting a rebellion of his own Alexios dreams of restoring the glory of his empire but that dream is almost shattered when a mysterious assassin looses an arrow at the emperor very nearly killing him And a mysterious assassin looses an arrow at the emperor very nearly killing him And assassin in only a part of a greater conspiracy All the while the crusaders advance on the city the ranks of Eunuchs From the depths of the slums to the golden towers of the palace and from the sands of the hippodrome to the soaring domes of Ayia Sophia he must edge his way through a glittering maze of treachery and deceit before time runs out Nor are all enemies within the city walls With the Turks rampant across Asia the Emperor has sent to the west for mercenaries to reinforce his positionHe gets than he bargained for however when a great army tens of thousands strong appear before the gates The first cr. ,


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