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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2016
BOOK CLUB READS Top 40 2016 24 FICTION FICTION Master of Shadows Neil Oliver The Byzantine Empire stood for eleven hundred years, the capital city of Constantinople based in what is now modern day Istanbul. In the year 1453, the army of the Ottoman Empire led by the young Sultan Mehmed II arrived at the gates of the crumbling empire. Along with Emperor Constantine’s army, there is a Scotsman who is helping to defend the city – John Grant. Myth and legend combine with historical facts to create a unique spin on a brutal time in fif teenth century history. The novel builds towards the siege of Constantinople, and unsurprisingly given Neil Oliver’s background as a historian, the bat tle scenes are firmly anchored in fac t and so vividly described that they come to life. At the hear t of the book is a well-written historical romance set between John Grant and a surprise female protagonist who met with a ver y different fate in most historical accounts. Suspend some of your disbelief, and immerse yourself in an intricate historical romance that spans from the Scottish Highlands through to the centre of the world.
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