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By Tom Harper

Byzantium, 1096. A mysterious murderer releases an arrow geared toward the emperor---but he has greater than only a guy in his points of interest. A keystone of a crumbling empire, the emperor is the solitary determine preserving all of the enemies in money. And if he falls, the mightiest energy in Christendom can be torn apart.
Demetrios Askiates, unveiler of mysteries, is employed to seize the would-be-killer. yet he's getting into an unknown global; a babbling cauldron of princes, slaves, mercenaries, pimps, and eunuchs. no longer all enemies are in the urban partitions, besides the fact that, and with the Turks working rampant throughout Asia, the emperor has despatched to the west for mercenaries to augment his place. while an excellent military, tens of millions robust, seems to be sooner than town gates---the emperor will get greater than he bargained for. From the depths of the slums to the golden towers of the town palace; from the sands of the hippodrome to the hovering domes of Ayia Sophia; Demetrios needs to aspect his means via a glittering maze of treachery and deceit prior to time runs out.
Intent on making their fortunes in conflict, and without allegiance to this empire, the 1st crusaders have arrived with eyes packed with jealousy and suspicion. because the armies of the east and west confront one another, and with the murderer creeping ever in the direction of his prey, Demetrios needs to untangle this golden net of intrigue that surrounds the emperor---before town, and the empire, are drowned in blood.
"His portrayal of the Byzantine urban and the intrigues that threaten its destruction is bright and convincing."
---The Sunday Times (UK)
"It's a global that Harper brings exuberantly to existence, basically revelling in its teeming, tumultuous extravagance. yet he additionally has a pointy eye for an interesting mystery."
---Yorkshire Post (UK)
"Tom Harper writes with strident readability during this epic story of homicide and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the 1st web page, the reader is swept up.... good researched and cinematic in its imagery, it is a fast moving and intriguing debut."
---INK (UK)
"A gripping tale...I wait for Demetrios's additional adventures."
---Elizabeth Hawksley, Historical Novels Review
"A vigorous adventure.... The imperial palace, with all its elegance and intrigue, is introduced vividly to life."
---Good ebook Review (UK)
"An enticing romp---Byzantine not just in time and site however the fine details of the plot."
---The Advertiser (Australia)

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