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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Perry Narrator: Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, using her skills as a physician to maneuver close to the key players involved in her brother's fate.

With her medical practice thriving, Anna crosses paths with Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted not only by his mixed Venetian-Byzantine heritage but by his growing feelings for Anastasius.

Trying to clear her brother's name, Anna learns more about Justinian's life and reputation, including his peculiar ties to Bessarion's beautiful widow and his possible role in a plot to overthrow the emperor. This leaves Anna with more questions than answers, and time is running out. For an even greater threat lies on the horizon: Another Crusade to capture the Holy Land is brewing, and leaders in Rome and Venice have set their sights on Constantinople for what is sure to be a brutal invasion.

Anna's discoveries draw her inextricably closer to the dangers of the emperor's treacherous court - where it seems that no one is exactly who he or she appears to be.

Richly detailed and finely wrought, The Sheen on the Silk is a bold and brilliant work that affirms Anne Perry's talent as a master storyteller.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pamela | 2/18/2014

    " I liked Anne Perry's Victorian novels set in England better than this one. This was set in Venice and Constantinople with a female physician mascarading as a eunuch. The novel was too long and politically complicated (13th century) with eastern and western divisions of the church struggling for power. The plotline was really slow, so the book was not easy to get into. Overpowering everything else was the intricacy of the political and religious atmosphere in Constantinople. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/10/2014

    " The history is interesting, but the characters in the story are not all that compelling. I'm not sure I'll finish this one. So, am marking it "read" because I'm not actively reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pooja Anjali | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book by Anne Perry as much as her previous books set in Victorain England. The book is set in 13th century Constantinople with a lot of description of life in those times. However, the pace of the book is a bit slow & the characters could have been developed a bit more. The side trips to Venice, Sicily & Jerusalem were interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joyce | 2/7/2014

    " BIG book. Interesting, informative and I learned a lot. "

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