wonderfully written, the characters gripping and with an epic story to
unfurl within, it’s one that keeps you going from the start to the end." Dros Delnoch, FALCATTA TIMES
"I enjoyed his storytelling voice so much that, had this book been say, set in modern times, the intriguing main characters would still have been able to pull it off. A rich tale covering an iconic route within a tumultuous historical period, told in a lively and engaging voice. Thoroughly recommended." - Bookbag
"Silk Road immediately drew in this reviewer due to the period and plot line it presented: the Crusading Templar knight, and the Dominican Friar that accompanies him, moving through the empire of the Mongols in search of a treaty against the Saracens ...Silk Road then is a highly recommended read. Falconer demonstrates exceptional characterisation ..." Bookgeeks
"Stocked with exquisite details, each chapter paints a mural for the senses, describing in detail articles, scenery, characters, and architecture so that one truly feels as if they are experiencing the story instead of merely reading it. Clashes, politics, characters ever at odds with each other, good and evil, love and hate, sin and goodness, and much, much more all culminate into a very satisfying ending. A profound story of great depth that will please both genders and one I strongly recommend. Utterly absorbing and captivating!" - Mirella Patzer, History and Women
"Falconer's descriptive narrative is exquisite at times. Each short chapter opens with a flowing brush of words that paint precisely, yet mellifluously, in a manner that is almost poetic. . The grand schemes of politicking and war are lost amongst the narrative of those who would strive to find peace in both themselves and the world around them." - Historical Writer's Association
" ... an epic and eventful journey that spans a huge swathe of the middle and far east, and it is one that provides action, romance, and beautifully descriptive writing by the cartload. The level of research that has been undertaken is clearly evident, but without ever becoming intrusive on the story ... I enjoyed it from cover to cover. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans." - Des Greene, Novel Suggestions
'This epic adventure story is full of daring, suspense, adventure and failure. Falconer gives us an intimate view of the way Tatars, Muslims and Crusaders lived. It is living history at its best, fictionalized yet immensely believable.' Alan Gold, Good Reading.
'Falconer, whose books have been translated into 17 languages over the last 25 years, has spun together a fiction which will appeal to readers of all ages. With several twists to keep the reader engaged until the very last, Silk Road is sure to find its way onto the bookshelves of lovers of a thrilling tale.' - Liverpool Daily Post
"Callous executions, one-eyed camel drivers, corruption, sin, a heart-wrenching love story, dark secrets, and life and death circumstances are revealed at a fast pace in each brief chapter. The plot is rich and sure to keep the reader focused on turning the page to learn what happens next – and always to some shocking circumstance or pleasant surprise. That’s what I loved most about this book – plenty of the odd and unusual to keep me fascinated throughout.It is the richness of the prose itself that truly made this historical era come alive." - Historical Novel Review
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