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Island of Gold (Sea and Stone Chronicles) Kindle Edition
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Brook Allen, author of the award-winning Antonius Trilogy ★★★★★
The perfect combination of history and exciting drama. An outstanding read.
Discovering Diamonds Reviews ★★★★★
Maroney offers the reader the rich tapestry of this time and place in a way that can only be captured by in-depth research.
Paula Butterfield, author of La Luministe ★★★★★
Island of Gold gripped me from the opening sentence to the last full stop. An absolute triumph.
The Coffee Pot Book Club ★★★★★
- ASIN : B098DHYCPK
- Publisher : Artelan Press (September 8, 2021)
- Publication date : September 8, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3905 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 404 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,606 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Exquisitely rendered and brilliantly polished, Island of Gold tells of Rhodes in the time of the Knights Templar; a thriving community at the crossroads of discovery, and of the people whose lives shaped that distant world. Through the eyes of Cedric, a noble-born French falconer, and Sophie, his bewitchingly beautiful love, we embark on a voyage of discovery and danger in a land as intriguing and impenetrable as the fortresses that guard its rocky shores. Rich in research and fascinating in detail, we sail with Cedric's destiny. He is a faithful and loyal man bound to his father’s dying prophecy as he strives to survive in this dangerous world, protect his young family—and keep Sophie’s love.
Cedric and Sophie’s relationship is a passionate romance, a tender love story, and an enduring partnership that is battered by adversity and strengthened by misfortune. Imagery abounds; on the horizon of tranquil jewelled oceans lurks forbidding lands and the wind-filled sails of invader galleys—a theme of menace and deliverance weaves throughout the novel. I think that’s what I love the most about Island of Gold; in Ms Maroney’s gifted storytelling, we give ourselves up to her skilled navigation and sail with her into a dazzling world, knowing that she will ultimately steer us to a thrilling destination. Highly recommend, and I can’t wait for the next novel in the collection.
In the Languedoc, 1435, Cedric is an innocent young lad with a passion for falcons. The death of his father by bandits changed his life. Four years later, now a skilled swordsman, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a skilled falconer.
Bruges, Flanders, 1440. Sophie Portier has arrived from Toulouse with her family. Her father is a very successful trader of fine fabrics. She is beautiful, vivacious and spoiled by her father. She attracts the attention of powerful men looking for a rich wife.
So far, we have the classic ingredients for a romance. What lifts this story to a higher level is the detailed research and Maroney’s skilled writing. Add the drama of the Knights Templar on the Greek island of Rhodes, long dangerous sea journeys, pirates and privateers, threats of invasion from Turkey, abdications, slaves – and more.
A great read, plus I learnt heaps about the period, the Knights Templar, falconry, fabrics and much more. The perfect combination of history and exciting drama.
But I’ll be honest — what captured me most (as with her other books), is not the original and compelling story, but her mastery of place and setting. Once again, she has effortlessly created realistic and fascinating cultures and cities, characters and moods. I said earlier that I always learn something new when I read Amy’s books, and this one did not disappoint.
For example, I know a little bit about medieval falconry, but it’s mostly a surface knowledge dotted with some familiarity of terminology. However, her use of Cédric’s expertise with falcons makes it seem as if Amy herself has pursued the mastery of caring for the magnificent birds, has planned hunting expeditions, and has gone out to personally find and procure new birds from the wild. I had vivid images in my mind of Cédric as he cared for sick birds, fed them bits of meat, inspected their perches and cages. I felt right there, part of his life.
With no less skill, Amy draws readers along as her characters explore their new home on Rhodes, an island filled with bright sun, dusty heat, exotic trades, and colorful diversity of both culture and philosophies. You might need a cool drink at hand to quench your thirst.
And when the bright side of Rhodes darkens for Cédric and Sophie, strap on your dagger and sword. Learn to survive or else reap the consequences.
Island of Gold is an armchair traveler’s transportation to 15th century France and Greece. If you’ve missed traveling in the last year, this book is your ticket. No passport required.