Byzantium, 1096. A mysterious murderer releases an arrow geared toward the emperor---but he has greater than only a guy in his attractions. A keystone of a crumbling empire, the emperor is the solitary determine keeping all of the enemies in money. And if he falls, the mightiest energy in Christendom might be torn apart.
Demetrios Askiates, unveiler of mysteries, is employed to trap the would-be-killer. yet he's getting into an unknown international; a babbling cauldron of princes, slaves, mercenaries, pimps, and eunuchs. now not all enemies are in the urban partitions, even though, and with the Turks operating rampant throughout Asia, the emperor has despatched to the west for mercenaries to enhance his place. while an excellent military, tens of hundreds of thousands powerful, looks earlier than the town gates---the emperor will get greater than he bargained for. From the depths of the slums to the golden towers of the town palace; from the sands of the hippodrome to the hovering domes of Ayia Sophia; Demetrios needs to part his approach via a glittering maze of treachery and deceit ahead of time runs out.
Intent on making their fortunes in struggle, and with out allegiance to this empire, the 1st crusaders have arrived with eyes jam-packed with jealousy and suspicion. because the armies of the east and west confront one another, and with the murderer creeping ever towards his prey, Demetrios needs to untangle this golden internet of intrigue that surrounds the emperor---before town, and the empire, are drowned in blood.
"His portrayal of the Byzantine urban and the intrigues that threaten its destruction is bright and convincing."
---The Sunday Times (UK)
"It's an international that Harper brings exuberantly to existence, in actual fact revelling in its teeming, tumultuous extravagance. yet he additionally has a pointy eye for an fascinating mystery."
---Yorkshire Post (UK)
"Tom Harper writes with strident readability during this epic story of homicide and betrayal, bloodshed and romance. Gripping from the 1st web page, the reader is swept up.... good researched and cinematic in its imagery, this can be a fast paced and interesting debut."
"A gripping tale...I stay up for Demetrios's additional adventures."
---Elizabeth Hawksley, Historical Novels Review
"A vigorous adventure.... The imperial palace, with all its beauty and intrigue, is introduced vividly to life."
---Good e-book Review (UK)
"An attractive romp---Byzantine not just in time and placement however the bits and bobs of the plot."
---The Advertiser (Australia)