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Himmelsreiter

Gillian Bradshaw

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ISBN : 9783764576486
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British novelist Bradshaw (Imperial Purple) has created a richly detailed, absorbing historical novel of the ancient world, with strong, well-developed characters and all the right plot elements: love, war, courtly life and the magic of the gods. InMoreBritish novelist Bradshaw (Imperial Purple) has created a richly detailed, absorbing historical novel of the ancient world, with strong, well-developed characters and all the right plot elements: love, war, courtly life and the magic of the gods. In 140 B.C., narrator Tomryis, age 18, is chosen by Saka King Mauakes of Ferghana (now Afghanistan), to attend his new wife, Heliokleia, a Greek from the kingdom of Bactra. The marriage is a political alliance, and Mauakes makes it clear that beautiful, intelligent Heliokleia is to have only limited powers. The aloof queen decides to seek her souls release by being the perfect ruler. Mauakess grown son Itaz, devoted to his father, is sensitive to both the kings isolation behind the mask of power and Heliokleias emotional suffering. Eventually Mauakes falls in love with his wife, but he cant demand her affection, which has settled on Itaz. Aided by their sun god patron, Heliokleia and Itaz must confront the paranoid, embittered Mauakes and endure a horrible confrontation with a supernatural creature. Well-researched, interesting details on the cultural and religious customs of the period provide background for the noble characters, who fulfill the promise, good or evil, of their true natures. --Publishers Weekly