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The Road of Silk: A Fantasy Novel Hardcover – January 15, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Synergy Books (January 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974764469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974764467
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,232,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Remember the road of silk." The old woman’s words rang in Yasamin’s ears as she set sail for Dragonval to marry its king–not something she wanted, but something she had to do to save her people and her kingdom. But the words haunted her. What was the road of silk, what did it mean? She was alone on a vessel belonging to King Amir, guarded by a giant soldier named Goliagoth, her only companions, her old nurse, a child given to her as a wedding present and Arash, a young man taken prisoner at her very doorstep. Little did Yasamin realize what waited for her. She had yet to learn this trip was more than a simple journey to become Queen. She had yet to meet Mosesra who would change the way she looked at the world forever. She had yet to meet the demons that would try and stop them from reaching Dragonval. And, she had yet to meet the dangerous evil waiting for her, hidden deep in the darkness, a darkness more dangerous than the king she was fated to marry.

This voyage was more than simply sailing from her homeland to Dragonval. It was a journey of lessons: of growth, loss, relationships. It was a journey of hate and love, of belief and disbelief. Most importantly, it was a journey where Yasamin learned about the great battle between followers of the Light and followers of the Darkness: where she learned that while the kingdoms fought each other, the battle of the Light and Dark battled within her – for she was The One for whom both waited; she was the one who carried the seed of each. And only she could create the road of silk – or destroy it.

About the Author

Barbara Dysonwilliams: Barbara Dysonwilliams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned degrees from George Peabody College for Teachers in art and journalism as well as attending Vanderbilt University Law School. After graduation she worked for the State in the area of conservation as well as the House of Representatives for Tennessee. During this time she wrote many articles for local magazines and taught creative writing at Cheekwood Arts Center. Because of her lifelong love for the Southwest, Dysonwilliams eventually moved to New Mexico in 1978 to pursue a master’s degree in Southwestern Archaeology. In 2000 her interests took her to Washington, D.C. and from there to Texas.

The Road of Silk is her second book, as she wrote a book called Enter Justice with Vantage Press. She describes The Road of Silk as a story of people, their relationships, their choices and the effects of these choices on their lives, the lives of those around them, and of those to come.

Dysonwilliams currently resides in San Saba, Texas where she owns and runs The Texas Rose, a shop where she makes and sells soap, hats, jewelry, clothes and quilts as well as serving gourmet dinners. She has one son.

Matt Afsahi: After finishing high school, Mr. Afashi attended the University of Foreign Language in his homeland, specializing in Farsi literature and obtaining a major in English Literature. While there, he also studied modern literature specializing in modern short stories (although he admits one of his favorite authors is Shakespeare). After graduation, he wrote many stories in his native language.

Aside from art and literature, Mr. Afashi became interested in the occurrences of the unknown and he has spent many years studying psychic phenomenon and developing skills in that arena. The Road of Silk has allowed him to promote the mystery and intrigue the unknown by creating a completely new world of fantasy and folklore. It is also his first attempt at spreading his talent for writing and telling stories in Farsi, to writing them in English.

Despite his vast array of interests in writing, the world of children has always been his favorite source of inspiration. He has written several children’s books in his native land and is in the process of publishing his first children’s book in the United States.

Mr. Afashi moved to the United States in 1975. He attended Moore Park College in Simi Valley, California where he obtained an associate degree in Art and Drama. Mr. Afashi and his wife currently live in North Carolina.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I first started reading The Road of Silk by Barbara Dyson-Williams and Matt Afsahi published by Synergy Books (ISBN: 0-9747644-6-9), I was surprised at the brilliant imagery it painted for me. First, writing a book is difficult enough, but having to weave two authors ideas together is more difficult. However, The Road of Silk does indeed pull through, although not on the level of other double-authored books such as Eddings and Weis/Hickman, I can't wait to read the next book.

Road of Silk is set in a world where magic is almost unknown, the teachings have long since been nearly forgotten, the teachers disappeared, and with them, the true believers. The belief was simple, if a person lived their life well, then they would go to an alternate plane of existence, where everything is created by those with good and pure souls. Through the middle of this land ran the road of silk. This land existed outside of normal time and space, but could, through true belief, intersect this world. But those with evil in their hearts, greed or egotism could not use this path. It was only for those who are pure of heart, and those who believe. It has been a long time since these beliefs were held common, believers are rare. Evil reigns in the country of Dragonval, where dragons darken the skies, and corrupted desires fuel political wrangling. However, the prophesy says that there will be the One, who can create or destroy the road of silk.

Queen Yasemin of Gwendomere chooses to ally herself by marriage to King Amir of Dragonval, to save her country. A lone ruler, her parents both dead, she chooses to marry an unknown man to save her country from invasion by the fierce and feared soldiers of Dragonval.
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Format: Hardcover
This fantasy story is about Queen Yasamin of Gwendomere, who agrees to marry King Amir of Dragonval in order to save her kingdom. She is to become Second Wife to Amir, because Medusimia, Queen and First Wife, has yet to produce an heir. Medusimia is irate at this "competition," so she conspires with Vulmire, a man-beast who lives in a deep cave, to make sure that Yasamin has an "accident."

A freak storm sinks the three-ship convoy taking Yasamin to Dragonval, killing everyone except her, Arash, a prince from another kingdom, and Goliagoth, the head of the military escort from Dragonval. After several weeks without rescue (the sailing route was known, so they shouldn't have been that hard to find), the three start walking. During a battle with skeleton warriors, Yasamin meets Mosesra, a man who totally changes her outlook on life. He tells her that a major battle between good and evil is coming, and she is the focus. Many demons are waiting for her in Dragonval, so she needs to watch her back at all times.

She makes it to the castle, and marries Amir. Medusimia is able to convince Amir that she was unfaithful, many times, with Arash and Goliagoth, and Yasamin is thrown in prison. Amir may be King of Dragonval, but he is not the person in charge. Many years earlier, Serpata, who is Yasamin's grandfather, made a deal with the devil for power. Now, he is kept in chains in a darkened dungeon cell, but Serpata still has plenty of power. The three escape the castle, but Yasamin goes back, in an attempt to turn Amir away from the "dark side."

This one is very good. It has more of an Eastern than European feel, the characters are well done, and the authors have left room for a sequel. This is well worth the reader's time.
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