The Mosaic of Shadows

The Mosaic of Shadows

Book - 2005
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In Byzantium in 1096, when an unknown assassin targets the emperor, Demetrios the Apokalptor is hired to uncover the would-be killer in an investigation that leads him through a maze of treachery, deceit, and intrigue in which the fate of the empire is at stake.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312338671
Branch Call Number: Mystery Harper
Characteristics: 275 p. : map ; 21 cm


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Jun 06, 2014

This book was entertaining though not as engaging as I was hoping for.

Demetrios is a good character, his daughters and family life felt superfluous to the story and his love interest was likable but expendable, as a love interest that is, the rest of her story could have been expanded.

The beginning of the book started out well, with the emperor and assassins and politics but that never followed through into a really good historical setting. Most of the book felt like a modern mystery in costume.

But for a fast, diverting summer read, this is a good book to choose.

Jan 03, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - not my usual fare but I had heard of Tom Harper and tried this one. Gripping, beautifully written, and fascinating historical detail embedded in a fast moving story. 4 stars

Aug 07, 2010

An epic tale of murder and betrayal, bloodshed and romance taking place during the crusades.

A little heavy in places, but very well researched as the author studied medieval history at Oxford University and now lives in London, UK..

The author has also written Knights of the Cross.


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