By Tracy Barrett
For lovers of Joan of Arc and Alexander the nice, comes "a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries" approximately Anna Comnena of the Byzantine Empire.
Anna Comnena has each cause to suppose entitled. She's a princess, her father's firstborn and his selected successor. sometime she expects to sit down at the throne and rule the colossal Byzantine Empire. So the delivery of a child brother does not perturb her. Nor do the "barbarians" from overseas lands, who imagine just a son may still ascend to strength. Anna is as dismissive of them as are her father and his such a lot depended on adviser--his mom, a manipulative girl with whom Anna reviews the artwork of international relations. Anna relishes her classes, proving adept at checkmating competitors in fast strikes of psychological chess. yet as she matures right into a younger girl, her vanity and intelligence threaten her grandmother. Anna should be no one's puppet. virtually in a single day, Anna sees her desires of energy wrenched from her and bestowed on her little brother. sour on the betrayal, Anna waits to avenge herself, and to grab what's rightfully hers.
Praise for Anna of Byzantium:
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
An ALA quickly Pick
An ALA top ebook for younger Adults
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Booklist most sensible Ten ancient Fiction Pick
[STAR] "[Anna of Byzantium] consists of readers in a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries worthwhile of a spot one of the tragic myths." — The Bulletin, Starred review
"In the culture of E. L. Konigsburg's A Proud flavor for Scarlet and Miniver and Karen Cushman's Catherine, known as Birdy comes this tale of a real-life old determine, Anna Commena, groomed to be the sovereign of the Byzantine empire…Barrett makes use of a good first-person narrative to attract readers into Anna's tale, and the author's detailed use of element is helping re-create Anna's international, the palace of Constantinople within the 9th century. . . Readers could be stuck up in…this interesting read."—Booklist, Boxed review
"A interesting mixture of background, secret, and intrigue."-The Horn booklet Magazine
"Barrett does a awesome task of portray moods and feelings with spare, based sentences. . . This fantastic novel a few missed interval of historical past is the proper selection. . . Hard to visualize it being any larger written." —VOYA
"This splendidly enticing novel either entertains and serves as a full of life heritage lesson with its well-researched historical past, dramatic plot and dimensional characters. Barrett's descriptive, attractive prose will draw readers right into a attention-grabbing historic time, packed with political intrigue and a fancy, admirable youngster protagonist who faces her altering destiny with an inspiring mix of middle and mind."— Wichita Eagle
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