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The bestselling author of the Pendragon Cycle now tells the story of Aidan, a 10th-century Irish monk sent to take the Book of Kells to the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. Separated from his fellow pilgrims, Aidan undergoes various exotic adventures, including capture by and life with Vikings, political intrigue in the Byzantine court, enslavement in a caliph's mine and loss of his all-important faith in God. Lawhead is a Christian writer, and here the Christian themes are integral and well developed; he also shows a keen and sympathetic eye for the values and cultures of non-Christians. Marketed as fantasy, the novel contains little overt supernatural content, although prayer is vital and dreams can be seen as omens. Still, the narrative has the excitement of a good fantasy novel, a vivid historical setting and a lengthy, credible and satisfying plot?just the elements, in fact, that have made Lawhead a commercial success time and again.
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Young Aidan is blessed. He is one of a small band of Irish monks chosen to accompany a magnificent hand-painted manuscript--what we now know as the Book of Kells--across the sea to Byzantium. There the gift will be presented to the emperor, who will then be predisposed to hear of the difficulties facing the Irish church. But before reaching landfall in Brittany, the monks' coracle is set upon by Viking raiders who capture Aidan and take him into slavery in their northern homeland. And the Book? It survives, of course, and Aidan is finally able to fulfill his quest. But a Viking raid on Byzantium, an expedition to the Holy Land, imprisonment in a desert prison-mine, wars at sea, and yet more adventures come before the monk's commission is discharged. Not merely a gripping yarn--and it certainly is that--this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream historical fiction. Patricia Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
My favorite book by Stephen Lawhead. Brilliant writing style, beautiful details, adventure, suspense, love, suffering, valor, integrity, despair, hope, faithfulness, and justice... Read morePublished 6 days ago by KJW
Um, this is one of my favorite books of all time. It is like 1000 pages, but well worth the read. Once I start I can't put it down. I have read it about 5 times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gorman
An epic adventure and fabulous tale of one man's journey to Byzantium. The main character, Aiden is very well written as are the many secondary characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marsha
I first read Byzantium perhaps twelve years ago and did what I seldom do and read it again. It is just as fresh now as then. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Haven
THIS IS A GOOD FUN ADVENTURE STORY. THERE'S PLENTY OF ACTION AND SOLID CHARACTERS. THE ENDING HAS A SATISFACTORY TWIST TO IT.Published 2 months ago by Kevin
I thought this was a very good book. The plot is good the characters are well developed. The history is well researched.Published 2 months ago by Samuel L. Becker
This is my favorite novel. I've given away several copies, so needed another one for myself. It's an epic. You'll cry and throw it down in anger in spots, then pick it up again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tutorman
The author is exquisite at writing a book you can't put down it made me cry and made me laugh. Packed with historical locations, he writes as if he was in that time and space. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy Sears