Anna of Byzantium

Anna of Byzantium

by Tracy Barrett
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Anna of Byzantium 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For any fans of Meyer's 'Mary, Bloody Mary,' this is the Byzantium version of it, with the eldest daughter of the ruler going from beloved daughter and intended heir to disgraced princess watching helplessly as her younger sibling replaces her! A riveting, intensely emotional book, it brings tears to your eyes to read about her tragic and frustrating fall from grace and power, and the forlorn dashing of all her hopes and dreams in the end. And in contrast to the reviews, I found Anna to be a sympathetic character from the very beginning--from the time I first read the description of the book. The characters, especially Anna, are also wonderful and well defined, except for a few minor ones who did not appear much. The only problem is that in making Anna seem so sympathetic, the author manipulated her younger brother's character to seem vile, spoiled, spiteful, and just plain evil, with making him seem possibly okay only in the very end. But according to history, her brother was a wise and kind ruler, perhaps one of the best Byzantium rulers ever. So perhaps the author manipulated history a bit too much. But still, as a story in itself, it is exceptional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anna of Byzantium is a great novel!!! We were reading medieval novels in school and I didn't think I would enjoy any of the novels on the list, but that changed when I started reading this book. Anna Comnena is a princess. She is also her father's first born and is his chosen succesor which means she is to rule the Byzantine Empire after him. The barbarians who think it is strange to have a female ruler don't bother her at all, nor does the birth of her baby brother. Anna's father's advisor, his manipulative mother, starts giving Anna lessons. As Anna matures into a young lady, her intellagence threatens her grandmother. So her grandmother moves on to Anna's younger brother, John, and trys to convince Anna's father that John is better suited to rule. Almost overnight, Anna sees her chances of becoming a ruler wrenched away by her evil brother and grandmother. Bitter and wanting revenge, Anna waits for the right moment to seek what is rightfully hers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author managed a good deal of emotion for the reader. Throughout the novel, I despised the young John more and more, as did Anna. I was furious when she lost her crown, all through the scheming of her 'wicked' grandmother. Surprisingly, I felt that the ending was excellent, though it was not what I had originally predicted. I would recommend this more to teen girls than boys, as it was narrated by a girl, and I think they would appreciate it more. It is also a good introduction to the people and rulers of the Byzantine Empire, as I had never really been interested in it previously. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, well written. I felt very sorry for Anna in the end. Her brother was a total brat, and she lost her crown to him. I REALLY hated him. Super Slime! The book was very good though, and i would reccomend it.
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Love this book!!!!
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I loved this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this book! I finished it in 4 days and fell in love with it from the start! I had to read this for my 8th grade reading projet and I hope to get an A on it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! Kudos Ms. Barrett! I fell in love with the depth, the emotions, the detail, the history, and the thrills of this novel. It's a beautiful story and I was amazed at how easily my feelings were affected by the characters actions and what happened. The ending is perfect and it is the best story about a woman who became a legend because of her brilliant mind and knowledge. Do no pass up on this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of feeling,humor, and gilt. This book is the best book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a look into the life of Princess Anna Comnena, and although you feel kind of bad that she lost her throne, it's hard to feel completally sorry because she was a arrogant and spoiled Princess. Even though it's hard at times to symphasize with her, it's a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ending was great and I loved the descriptions... I enjoyed learning more of the Byzantine history!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was an amazing retelling of the story, i enjoyed reading it again and again! it also helped me in my world history class. people of al ages can relate to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When most people think of the Roman Empire, they associate it with being thousands of years ago with lions eating Christians and gladiators. The roman empire lasted up in to the middle ages,or at least the western half called Byzantium. This book tells the story of Anna, The Daughter of the Byzantine Emperor and the hardships she faces. It was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book,it is extremely well written.You want to laugh,cry,and scream when she does,you feel her pain her joy when she does.You want to comfort her when she is in sorrow you want to defend her when she can't stand up for herself.You see her future that she used to hold in her own hands suddenly taken away by her cruel brother and manipulative grandmother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good book that I would recomend to all. It kept me reading! One of the best historical fiction books out there I'm sure. It made me want to read the 'Alexiad.' I don't know how historically acurate it was but still worth reading!