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The Silk Tree - Julian Stockwin

The Silk Tree - Julian Stockwin
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Title: The Silk Tree

Author:  Julian Stockwin

ISBN:  9780749017958

Weight:  905g

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The Silk Tree by Julian Stockwin

Forced to flee Rome from the barbaric rampages of the Ostrogoths, merchant Nicander meets an unlikely ally in the form of Marius, a fierce Roman legionary.  Escaping to a new life in Constantinople, the two land upon its shores lonely and penniless.  Needing to make money fast, they plot and plan a number of outrageous money-making schemes, until they chance upon their greatest idea yet.

Armed with a wicked plan to steal precious silk seeds from the faraway land of Seres, Nicander and Marius must embark upon a terrifyingly treacherous journey across unknown lands, never before completed.  But first they must deceive the powerful emperor Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their journey into the unknown…

An adventurous tale of mischief, humour and deception, Nicander and Marius face danger of the highest order, where nothing in the land of the Roman Empire is quite what it seems.

Peer & Press Reviews

Julian Stockwin takes this tale and turns it into a fascinating story, full of colour and incident…  [characters] dovetail in perfectly and are totally believable participants in the story.  I enjoyed this book very much.

Historical Novel Society

Stockwin’s page-turning prose, vividly drawn characters and ability to draw the reader right into these ancient times create a grand and compelling historical epic.

George Jepson, Quarterdeck Magazine

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Silk Tree
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Black boards with gold coloured text on spine, light blue endpapers printed with a stylised historical map of Asia, red decorative head and tail bands, and a red ribbon marker.
Jacket features: Matt laminate finish with spot UV high-gloss text highlights.
Overall condition: Very fine / Very fine
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780749017958
ISBN 10: 0749017953
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 429
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 39mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Allan House
Jacket design: Christina Griffiths / bookdeluxe
Jacket illustration: molotovcoketail / iStockphoto

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • Taking a break from his highly successful Thomas Kydd series, The Silk Tree is Stockwin’s first stand-alone novel.  One other change to note: this is the first of his books issued by the small publishing firm of Allison & Busby.
  • For more on Julian Stockwin, you might like to visit his website, view his Facebook or follow him on Twitter.  All are a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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