AN EPIC HISTORICAL QUEST SET AT THE DAWN OF THE AGE OF GUNPOWDER.
In the world after 1066, vast empires clamor for dominance.
From the Normans in the north to the Byzantines in the south, battles rage across Europe and around its fringes. But in the east, an empire still mightier stirs, wielding a weapon to rule the world: gunpowder.
Seeking the destructive might of this 'fire drug,' the mercenary Vallon a man made of grit and earth as much as of flesh and blood is sent by the defeated Byzantine emperor on a secret and near-impossible quest to the far off land of Song Dynasty China. Alongside a squadron of highly trained soldiers, Vallon is accompanied by the learned physician Hero, hermit-like tracker Wayland and a young, ego-driven upstart named Lucas. All have their own reasons for going, all have secrets.
It's a quest that will lead them across treacherous seas and arid desserts and into an uncharted land of mountains and plains beyond the Silk Road. Many will die...but the rewards could be extraordinary.
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About the Author
Robert Lyndon has long been a keen student of history. Lyndon's novels are inspired by his own experiences as a falconer, climber and traveller in remote places. He has written many books and articles on history and exploration. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he lives in Dorset.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! Mr. Lyndon is a gifted storyteller. As an historian, he is able to pull the reader into a world a thousand years past and make them comfortable with the historical accuracy of that world. A sequel to "Hawk Qwest," this book continues the story, but can stand alone for those who have not read the first book. My advice is to plan some time to read the book. You won't want to put it down!!!
I loved this book and, though I feel Hawk Quest was a better work, Lyndon does not disappoint in his sequel. He does one of the best jobs of character deveopement I have experienced recently. To some, it may seem to move a little slow for the first half but, unlike some novels, every detail is carefully crafted with a purpose; either to give the reader a fuller picture of the characters or to fortify the structure of the story boeing told. Lyndon makes the reader feel as if you are right there with the characters as though they were as real, and I was left eagerly awaiting his next work. I highly recommend this novel, especially if you are seeking an immersive reading experience that really pulls you into the story. You won't want to put it down.