The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry

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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock.

Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother’s fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship’s captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, 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.


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Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels, including Dark Assassin and The Shifting Tide, and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, including Buckingham Palace Gardens and Long Spoon Lane. She is also the author of the World War I novels No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, and We Shall Not Sleep, as well as six holiday novels, most recently A Christmas Grace. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.
Published March 18, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 510 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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But for all her success in attracting patients and keeping her gender secret—even from Captain Giuliano Dandolo, the attractive Venetian aristocrat who soon wins her heart—Anna is agonizingly slow in working her way into the confidence of Bishop Constantine, Justinian’s patron, who hides a thousa...

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Book Reporter

However, with historical fiction at an unprecedented high in the current world of publishing, Perry and her distinctive writing style make a welcome addition to this genre.

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The Bookbag

It is, in essence, a book about a city and a faith.

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Bookmarks Magazine

If it does not renounce its Orthodox Christian faith and submit to the Pope in Rome, the crusade being planned will decimate it forever. Into this cauldron of emotions comes Anna Zarides, a young woman physician whose twin brother has been accused of murdering the nobleman who was leading ...

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Lancashire Evening Post

But like the changing hues of the bolts of Byzantine silk which act as a metaphor for her intriguing and sensuous new novel, there are hidden dangers lurking in the shadows.

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