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Posted October 5, 2013
In 1177 in Angkor, Khmer (now Cambodia), Prince Jayavar and his
In 1177 in Angkor, Khmer (now Cambodia), Prince Jayavar and his chief wife, Ajadevi, stand on a causeway gazing at the colossal multiterraced sandstone temple, its “five towers shaped like lotus buds” ascending in a tropical forest. Suddenly, after sailing up a Mekong River tributary, a large force from neighbouring Champa (central and south Vietnam) attacks Angkor. Following a fierce battle, Jayavar and Ajadevi are forced to flee into the jungle and hide at a secret location.Assisted by his vile henchman, Po Rame, King Indravarman of the Cham rules Khmer with terror and engages in a massive hunt for Jayavar. Indravarman also takes on a number of concubines, including a stunning Khmer beauty named Voisanne. As a reward for bravery, he gives Voisanne to Asal, one of his officers, and Asal is immediately smitten with her. After some intense encounters with the jealous Rame, Asal begins to question his allegiance to Indravarman. Meanwhile, while evading Indravarman’s warriors, Jayavar regroups his Khmer force and seeks assistance from the Siamese to recapture his kingdom.This novel differs somewhat from John Shors’ acclaimed Beneath a Marble Sky, which centered on the construction of the Taj Mahal. Here, while the equally impressive Angkor Wat temple features in the story, the plot deals primarily with the loves, betrayals, divided loyalties, and tales of survival that played a part in the struggle for reclaiming Khmer. Furthermore, Shors’ impressive cast of characters includes some ordinary people, members of a fishing family, which enlivens his settings. Although he notes in the preface that “through necessity I’ve created many elements of this novel,” it reads very authentically, but the mention of slaves in the Hindu/Buddhist community is jarring. Written in Shors’ enjoyable style, with an eye for details of Khmer flora and fauna, this novel is destined to be a blockbuster. Highly recommended.This review was first posted by Waheed Rabbani in the Historical Review Magazine, issue 63, February 2013.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 4, 2013
TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND FACES by John Shors is an interesting histo
TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND FACES by John Shors is an interesting historical fiction set in 1177. 12th century Angkor Wat is reflected in an epic tale of danger,revenge,hate,love,survival,heartbreak,tyranny,betrayal and romance. Prince Jayavar and Ajadevi find themselves on a quest to build an army,regain Jayavar's lands that was taken by force by, Indravarman,the Chams leader. A fascinating story with engaging characters. While, Mr. Shors is a wonderful storyteller,I could not quiet connect with the characters nor did I understand the language,even with the readers guide at the back. If you enjoy Cambodian culture,Southwest Asian history,you will enjoy "Temple of a Thousand Faces". Be warned it does have foul language throughout.Received for an honest review from the publisher.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
HEAT RATING: Hot: Detailed sex scenes,profanity or graphic violence *Due to foul language*
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Posted March 12, 2013
Posted March 7, 2013
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, yet I feel as if its be
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, yet I feel as if its best writers always tend to focus on the events of Europe. John Shors is a notable exception. I very much enjoyed his first novel, Beneath a Marble Sky, which tells the story behind the creation of the Taj Mahal. His new novel, Tempe of a Thousand Faces, concerns the temple of Angkor Wat. Temple of a Thousand Faces is a wonderfully ambitious novel. It's a true saga, and carried me into an ancient and wondrous world. I was alongside his characters as they fled into the jungle, prayed at Angkor Wat, loved by the riverside, and battled against powerful foes. This is exactly my kind of story. Luckily for me, it is more than 500 pages long, so I got to escape for a long time! A wonderful, wonderful novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
I am a big fan of John Shors, and his latest novel, Temple of a
I am a big fan of John Shors, and his latest novel, Temple of a Thousand Faces, is wonderful. This novel is set about a thousand years ago at the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat. If you enjoy rich, epic, exciting historical fiction, you'll love this novel. I certainly did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2013
The best historical fiction is that which brings another culture
The best historical fiction is that which brings another culture, another time, back to vivid life. Temple of a Thousand Faces, in my opinion, does just that. This remarkable and fast-paced novel celebrates the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, and the people who brought it to life and who protected it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
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