The Sheen on the Silk

The Sheen on the Silk

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, using her skills as a physician to manoeuver close to the key players involved in her brother's fate. With her medical practice thriving, Anna crosses paths with Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuiliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted not only by his mixed Venetian-Byzantine heritage but by his growing feelings for Anastasius. Trying to clear her brother's name, Anna learns more about Justinian's life and reputation--including his peculiar ties to Bessarion's beautiful widow and his possible role in a plot to overthrow the emperor. This leaves Anna with more questions than answer, and time is running out. For an even greater threat lies on the horizon: Another Crusade to capture the Holy Land is brewing, and leaders in Rome and Venice have set their sights on Constantinople for what is sure to be a brutal invasion. Anna's discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor's treacherous court--where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345500656
0345500652
Call Number: PERRY
Characteristics: viii, 518 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Love stories.
Historical fiction.
Istanbul (Turkey) -- Fiction.
Thirteenth century -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Eunuchs -- Fiction.
Disguise -- Fiction.
Young women -- Fiction.

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jjeeaannee
Jun 25, 2016

Awesome book. I wish Ms Perry would write a series based on this novel.

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Alyn
Sep 04, 2013

Excellent read once I started it, it was hard to put down.

kevfarley Oct 25, 2012

Returned it after the first 100 pages (out of 400).
The historical intrest was drownded on the soap opera plotting.

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KateNicola
Jul 24, 2012

A page turner from beginning to end. So much intrigue and complexity to the characters.

laddie64 Dec 04, 2011

This is by far Anne Perry's best work. She should stick to historical fiction, where she is best at developing her characters and immersing the reader into an era. Developing a mystery and bringing it to fruition/completion, she often falls flat. Hoping for more true historical fiction from Ms. Perry!!!

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wanderer
Jul 08, 2011

This was a great story. I really enjoyed the main characters. Anna becomes involved with a number of powerful people and interesting events. I loved learning about the Constantinople of this time.

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Nefret3
Oct 17, 2010

Thinking it would be a murder mystery, I was a bit disappointed as it was only really a secondary plot. The descriptions of Byzantium are rich and makes the city come to light.

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