The Frankincense Trail

The Frankincense Trail

Paperback

$11.40
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, July 25

Overview

In 200BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world. But wealth comes at a cost: the precious resin was transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert.

Alia is a princess in a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road. Having grown up hearing tales of the famous Queen of Sheba, she dreams of finding a way to restore her kingdom's former might. When a caravan journeying to the mysterious incense lands stops to take on travellers, she sees her chance.

She soon realises, however, that her trust in the caravan leaders has been misguided. They are not mere incense merchants, but traitors and mercenaries. Alia's journey soon turns from dangerous to life-threatening.

The Frankincense Trail is a story that transports the reader to a time and place reminiscent of the Arabian Nights tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986949715
Publisher: Star Magnolia Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Frankincense Trail 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Frankincense Trail By Jody Kihara Alia is a 15 year-old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road in the year 200 BC. Frankincense, a precious resin, was worth its weight in gold at that time. Caravans traveled a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert to transport the resin. Alia's town is crumbling and in economic straights; the people are leaving for the prospects of a better life elsewhere. Conflict with her brothers and the knowledge her father will probably marry her off for political alliance set her off on a hazardous journey. She is determined to help her kingdom and see some of the outside world. So she disguises herself as a boy to make the journey with a passing caravan to the mysterious incense lands of the south. This is a tale filled with adventure, danger, and mystery. The traders she chooses for her quest turn out to be mercenaries, and Alia discovers the meaning of endurance and the cost of deceiving dangerous men. The scenes between Alia and the caravan leader are intense and leave the reader wondering where they will lead Both Alia and Kardal are strong willed and their turbulent relationship helps move the story forward. A sheltered and naive princess our heroin learns through hardship, perseverance, and nearly losing her life, how to use her inner strength. Will she take what she has learned and be able to better the lives of her people? Pick up a copy of “The Frankincense Trail” and find out. This is a well written YA novel that will transport readers to a different land and culture. I heartily recommend this novel. It is a clean read. Parents and grandparents can feel confident in giving this tale of adventure to young teens or older readers on their gift list. Reviewed by Jackie Anton From the paperback edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LeanneB More than 1 year ago
When I hear 'historical fiction' I usually think bodices and corsets, but this book was so different! First of all, I've never read a YA novel set in Arabia; secondly, I've never read one set in 200 BC! For those who don't know their history, that wasn't caveman times, it was after Alexander the Great. I'm not sure why the book summary isn't showing on this page so here it is: "In 200BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world. But wealth comes at a cost: the precious resin had to be transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert. Alia is a princess in a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road. Having grown up hearing tales of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, she dreams of finding a way to restore her kingdom's former might. When a caravan journeying to the mysterious incense lands stops to take on travelers, she sees her chance. She soon realizes, however, that her trust in the caravan leaders has been misguided. They are not mere incense merchants, but traitors and mercenaries. Alia's journey soon turns from dangerous to life-threatening. The Frankincense Trail is a story that transports the reader to a time and place reminiscent of the Arabian Nights tales." Now, my observations: This book was exciting, with a great adventure story, but was also much deeper than I expected. An emotional journey for Alia as well as a real journey. Even better, this book has the best antagonist I've come across in ages! I spent the whole book wondering 'is he bad or is he good?' (You won't find out till the end. Actually, I'm still wondering about it!) The friction between Alia and Kardal is great. They're two characters who seem fated to have tension right from the beginning. In fact, even before they meet! And the resolution chapter... great! Which brings me to my next point: you know how when you were a teen, there were certain books you'd read over and over, and in those, certain chapters you'd read over and over? Well, this book has 2 of those for me - if I were a teenager I'd probably read those chapters every night! Which is a nice segueway to my next point... I found Alia kind of naïve at times, but then I had to remind myself that she's 15, hasn't been anywhere, and doesn't live in times when she would see or hear much of the outside world. If I were a teen, I probably wouldn't find her naïve at all; in fact ,she's a good role model ' equal parts compassionate and brave. I think I'm going to re-read this book and focus less on the plot, more on the writing, setting, and mood, because there are some really beautiful descriptions and evocative scenes. I definitely recommend this book!