• An epic tale of murder and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the first page, the reader is swept up in this colourful and convincing portrayal of an Emperor and his realm, under seige. Well-researched and cinematic in its imagery, this is a faced-paced and exciting debut

  • Harper's...portrayal of the Byzantine city and the intrigues that threaten its destruction is vivid and convincing

    Joan Smith, Sunday Times
  • It’s a world which Harper brings exuberantly to life, clearly revelling in its teeming, tumultuous extravagance

    Yorkshire Post

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