A Christmas Promise ). Disguised as a eu"/>

The Sheen on the Silk

Anne Perry, Author . Ballantine $27 (518p) ISBN 978-0-345-50065-6

A battle between 13th-century religious factions forms the crux of this interesting departure for mystery novelist Perry (A Christmas Promise ). Disguised as a eunuch, physician Anna Zarides arrives in Byzantium to learn why her brother has been accused of murdering Besarion Comnenos, a man with significant aristocratic and political ties. As she ministers to the emperor Michael Palaeologus, the Orthodox bishop Constantine, the Medea-like Zoe Chrysaphes as well as Arab, Jewish, Italian, and Greek tradespeople, she learns of the bitter divisions between Orthodoxy (whose followers do not believe in the Holy Spirit) and the Latin rite (whose followers do), as well as a power struggle among the emperor, the king of Naples and the Two Sicilies, and the pope. As the danger, betrayals, and dead bodies mount, Perry conveys an earnest message about obsession, sacrifice, and faith at a dazzling crossroads of East and West civilizations. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/04/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 518 pages - 978-0-345-50066-3
Hardcover - 861 pages - 978-1-4104-2321-4
Open Ebook - 397 pages - 978-0-345-51979-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-2488-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-4418-2490-5
Hardcover - 499 pages - 978-0-7553-3906-8
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-05958-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.