Jane Johnson ~ Historical Adventure & Exotic Romance
Pillars of Light
Out now from Doubleday Canada (other territories later in 2016)
In the Syrian city of Akka, Nathanael, a young Jewish doctor, and a Muslim girl called Zohra are about to fall in love, unaware that Jerusalem has just been taken by Saladin’s army and that their city will soon be engulfed by war.
Meanwhile in England, John Savage, a foundling boy, runs away from his cruel life in a priory with The Moor, a mysterious man driven by a dream of perfection.
John and The Moor become members of a band of conmen travelling through the English countryside faking religious miracles for cash, until they are recruited in Richard the Lionheart’s drive to regain the Latin Kingdom from the infidel. Akka awaits. It will be the site of the greatest–and cruellest–siege of its time. But even in the midst of war, lovers find ways to make transactions of beauty.
Pillars of Light is a powerful and moving novel about the triumph of the human spirit against all the odds. It will delight fans of Philippa Gregory, Ken Follett and Diana Gabaldon.
More Moroccan novels by Jane Johnson
My previous Moroccan novels are The Tenth Gift (originally published in hardback as Crossed Bones), the tale of young Catherine Tregenna abducted by Barbary pirates from the Cornish coast in 1625 and sold into the slave trade in Morocco (based on a little-known chapter of English history); The Salt Road, an epic adventure of the heart set in the Sahara, in which Isabelle is drawn into the desert by a mysterious silver amulet left to her in her father’s will; and The Sultan’s Wife, a story of love, murder and political intrigue at the court of the Moroccan Sultan.
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