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A Stunning Piece of Historical Fiction.,
This review is from: The Journeyer (Hardcover)
"The Journeyer" is a magnificent, wonderful story that will hook you in the first few pages and hold on for all 800 or so! In a truly inspired idea, the author created a possible story for the many unrecorded years of the merchant Marco Polo on his travels in Asia in the late thirteenth century. There are so many colorful characters and exotic locations, interspersed with wonderfully informative tidbits, that the amount of research required must have been staggering. Mr. Jennings' grasp of the English language is superb, and he always seems to find the right words to describe a person, place, ect. Another aspect of this book that is refreshing is how nothing is held back. For every beautiful, vivid description that will have you smiling as you read, there will be another scene of such misery and brutality that it will leave you cringing. The most lovely aspects this world has to offer are given equal time with the world's most repellent aspects, including graphic violence, sexuality, and disease. This leads to some heavy shifts in tone, but it can't be called anything but true to life, especially for that time period. I don't want to describe any of the characters, places, or situations because doing so could only lessen the reader's pleasure (or discomfort) when they first come across them. I will only say that anyone at all that enjoys historical fiction, and doesn't mind the effort required in a book of this size, simply must read "The Journeyer". It is an incredible achievement in every way.