Bull Dancerby Barbara Korsness
The year is 1938 B.C. Kira, a bull dancer of Crete, is injured in the bull ring and returns home. To keep a promise she made to her dying father, she must follow another path in life and teams up with her brother Niko to expand their family's merchant business. She and Niko venture to many ancient seaports as well as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Kira finds Abraham,… See more details below
The year is 1938 B.C. Kira, a bull dancer of Crete, is injured in the bull ring and returns home. To keep a promise she made to her dying father, she must follow another path in life and teams up with her brother Niko to expand their family's merchant business. She and Niko venture to many ancient seaports as well as Egypt and Mesopotamia. Kira finds Abraham, camped near the Dead Sea, to deliver a mysterious book meant for him. Traveling on to Babylon, Kira and Niko buy a boat and sail to Ubar, a city in southern Arabia that has the purest incense in the known world. It is worth more than gold. If they can establish a trade route from Ubar to the kingdoms of the north, they will become rich.
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The story is of a bull dancer in Crete 1900 years BC. It is a tale that involves you with the various civilizations such as Egypt, Babylon, and even a city in the south Arabian desert. When Kira is injured she can no longer be a bull dancer. She joins her brother on a Minoen trading ship. They travel through the ancient world and experiance adventures everywhere they go. In Egypt she and her brother help uncover the assassin of the king and help Egypt's co-ruler return to his throne in Memphis. Later Kira delivers a message to Abraham who is camped along the Great Salt Sea. With her brother she ventures to a city in southern Arabia where the purest incense in the world is grown. She is able to establish a trade route, in an unusual way, to other parts of the ancient world. By doing this she keeps the promise she made to her dieing father that she would expand the family trade business. I enjoyed going back to a different time and place. I have found very few historical fiction novels that cover this time period and found it very interesting.
This novel begins in ancient Crete where a bull dancer is injured in the ring. Unable to return to her profession, Kira joins her brother to help expand her father's shipping business. She and her brother Niko travel to Tyre, Egypt, Babylon and Ubar. Everywhere they go they encounter adventure. I found the book entertaining, and it was interesting to read about a era seldom written about.