By Tracy Barrett
For enthusiasts of Joan of Arc and Alexander the nice, comes "a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries" approximately Anna Comnena of the Byzantine Empire.
Anna Comnena has each cause to believe entitled. She's a princess, her father's firstborn and his selected successor. sometime she expects to take a seat at the throne and rule the gigantic Byzantine Empire. So the start of a child brother does not perturb her. Nor do the "barbarians" from overseas lands, who imagine just a son may still ascend to strength. Anna is as dismissive of them as are her father and his such a lot relied on adviser--his mom, a manipulative girl with whom Anna stories the artwork of international relations. Anna relishes her classes, proving adept at checkmating rivals in speedy strikes of psychological chess. yet as she matures right into a younger lady, her conceitedness and intelligence threaten her grandmother. Anna may be no one's puppet. virtually in a single day, Anna sees her desires of strength wrenched from her and bestowed on her little brother. sour on the betrayal, Anna waits to avenge herself, and to grab what's rightfully hers.
Praise for Anna of Byzantium:
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
An ALA fast Pick
An ALA top e-book for younger Adults
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Booklist most sensible Ten old Fiction Pick
[STAR] "[Anna of Byzantium] contains readers in a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries beneficial of a spot one of the tragic myths." — The Bulletin, Starred review
"In the culture of E. L. Konigsburg's A Proud flavor for Scarlet and Miniver and Karen Cushman's Catherine, known as Birdy comes this tale of a real-life old determine, Anna Commena, groomed to be the sovereign of the Byzantine empire…Barrett makes use of a good first-person narrative to attract readers into Anna's tale, and the author's exact use of element is helping re-create Anna's global, the palace of Constantinople within the 9th century. . . Readers can be stuck up in…this intriguing read."—Booklist, Boxed review
"A attention-grabbing mixture of heritage, secret, and intrigue."-The Horn e-book Magazine
"Barrett does a amazing task of portray moods and feelings with spare, dependent sentences. . . This fabulous novel a few overlooked interval of heritage is the suitable selection. . . Hard to visualize it being any larger written." —VOYA
"This splendidly enticing novel either entertains and serves as a full of life background lesson with its well-researched historical past, dramatic plot and dimensional characters. Barrett's descriptive, attractive prose will draw readers right into a interesting ancient time, full of political intrigue and a posh, admirable teenager protagonist who faces her altering destiny with an inspiring mix of middle and mind."— Wichita Eagle
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Your mom tells me that my identify is now Sophia,” she replied. “Whose loved ones did you serve ahead of you got here the following? ” ultimately, I had controlled to take away the smile from her face, even if I had no thought how I had performed it. i used to be happy to determine that her expression was once competently submissive now. I leaned in the direction of examine her. Her lips have been clamped tight jointly and her cheeks have been crimson. They appeared sizzling. ultimately she spoke back, “I didn't serve in a family. I lived with my mom and dad and brothers and little sister in a village faraway from Constantinople. ” “Oh-ho,” I acknowledged. “Now I see. You’re a Turk! ” She didn't say something, which used to be solution adequate. Turks have been consistently attempting to invade the empire. They have been continually fast subdued via the imperial forces, and any survivors of the battles have been in fact enslaved. “Where is your little sister now, and the remainder of your loved ones? ” No solution. Then, “Dead. Or offered into slavery, like me,” she acknowledged. “Most of my village was once killed. the fellow i used to be to marry—I imagine I observed him being led off the day i used to be present in the woods. yet I don’t learn about somebody else. ” i attempted to photo Constantine Ducas being led off in chains, yet couldn’t reach seeing his proud shape bent in submission. a picture of Hector’s mutilated physique lower back to me once again, and that i shuddered. bankruptcy 8 he maid used to be nonetheless looking at me with curious brown eyes. “What is it? ” I requested impatiently. “Are you actually a princess? ” she requested. “I am,” I responded, attempting to cover my satisfaction at her seen awe. “I am the daughter of Emperor Alexius Comnenus, who conquered the empire while he was once in basic terms twenty-four. And while i'm older, in a yr or , i'm going to marry Constantine Ducas, a relative of the emperor my father deposed. I haven’t but determined no matter if i'll allow him be emperor or now not. In both case, i'm going to then be empress. ” “I too am betrothed,” broke within the woman eagerly. “I am to marry the son of our neighbor, Malik. he's older than I, yet very style, and whilst he unearths me, we'll wed, and move dwell along with his brother within the mountains—” “What do I care approximately your peasant alliances? ” I burst out, astonished that she was once addressing me so familiarly. “Do you dare evaluate this farmer’s son to Constantine Ducas? Do you no longer comprehend that sooner or later i'll be ruling the complete empire whenever you dream of dwelling along with your brother-in-law? And what makes you think that you'll be published out of your servitude to marry? ” Her face clouded over, yet she wore a resolute expression. “I simply realize it will happen,” she stated. “And how have you learnt that sometime you'll rule some of these lands? different kings have had their thrones taken clear of them, or so I pay attention. And when you do rule, how can you be aware of what to do? ” regardless of my grandmother’s reassurances, I nonetheless felt uneasy on the considered governing the monstrous Byzantine Empire. yet I concealed my emotions and spoke back as casually as i'll, “I have already realized a lot approximately statesmanship, and should have many advisors to aid me. My grandmother, Anna Dalassena, is so relied on by means of my father that after he's away she ideas in his position.