- Series: Al-Andalus (Book 3)
- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Scott Publishing (June 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995583412
- ISBN-13: 978-0995583412
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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THE RING OF FLAMES: Al-Andalus series Book 3 Paperback – June 18, 2017
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About the Author
The Scottish novelist Joan Fallon, currently lives and works in the south of Spain. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction, but has also written a work of non-fiction which has proved the inspiration for at least two of her subsequent novels. Two aspects of Joan's life particularly influence her writing. The first is being a woman who grew up during the sixties and seventies, at a time when it was harder for a woman to gain recognition in a man's world. Consequently almost all her books have a strong female protagonist. The second influence is the fact that she has lived in Spain for the last twenty years. Spanish history and culture fascinate her and have provided some of the most exotic settings in her historical novels.
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The Khalifa, Al-Hisham, plays a pivotal if passive role in the novel. Instead, this is principally the story of the falconer Ahmad, his brothers Qasim and Rafiq, and their lives in Córdoba, capital of Al-Andalus. At the time, Córdoba is not a good place to be in. Repeatedly the city is overrun and sacked, as first one, then the other faction gains the upper hand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, immersing myself in Ms Fallon’s descriptive writing. The first few chapters are a bit slow but once Ms Fallon settles into her story she drags me along on an educational and exciting journey through a world I knew little about prior to reading her books. I am soon entirely submerged in the long-ago Córdoba, and it is therefore with some surprise I close the book to discover I am not, in fact, in the hot and dusty Al-Andalus—testament to Ms Fallon’s skill as a writer.
"Joan Fallon has written a fascinating story set in 11th Century Spain."
"I so enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, time period and location. I like Ms.Fallon’s rhythm and writing style; I really felt I was there feeling the anxiety of their troubles, and trying to escape the city."
Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
Very good novel. I liked this one best. Gives you a solid impressionisme of life under the Omayads and is also a trilling read.