Anna of Byzantium (Laurel-Leaf Books)

By Tracy Barrett

For fanatics of Joan of Arc and Alexander the good, comes "a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries" approximately Anna Comnena of the Byzantine Empire.

   Anna Comnena has each cause to consider entitled. She's a princess, her father's firstborn and his selected successor. sometime she expects to take a seat at the throne and rule the sizeable Byzantine Empire. So the delivery of a toddler brother does not perturb her. Nor do the "barbarians" from international lands, who imagine just a son should still ascend to energy. Anna is as dismissive of them as are her father and his such a lot relied on adviser--his mom, a manipulative girl with whom Anna experiences the paintings of international relations. Anna relishes her classes, proving adept at checkmating rivals in rapid strikes of psychological chess. yet as she matures right into a younger lady, her vanity and intelligence threaten her grandmother. Anna might be no one's puppet. nearly in a single day, Anna sees her goals 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 speedy Pick
An ALA top e-book for younger Adults
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A Booklist most sensible Ten historic Fiction Pick

[STAR] "[Anna of Byzantium] contains readers in a gripping saga of alliances, intrigues, deceits, and treacheries precious 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 an efficient first-person narrative to attract readers into Anna's tale, and the author's certain use of aspect is helping re-create Anna's international, the palace of Constantinople within the 9th century. . . Readers should be stuck up in…this intriguing read."—Booklist, Boxed review

"A attention-grabbing mixture of historical past, secret, and intrigue."-The Horn publication Magazine

"Barrett does a striking task of portray moods and feelings with spare, dependent sentences. . . This most suitable novel a few overlooked interval of heritage is the right selection. . . Hard to visualize it being any higher written." —VOYA

"This splendidly attractive novel either entertains and serves as a full of life heritage lesson with its well-researched heritage, dramatic plot and dimensional characters. Barrett's descriptive, enticing prose will draw readers right into a interesting ancient time, full of political intrigue and a fancy, admirable teenager protagonist who faces her altering destiny with an inspiring mix of middle and mind."— Wichita Eagle

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She didn't let you know the full tale, Anna,” she acknowledged. “Your father didn't want his infantrymen to terrorize the town. certainly, he attempted to forestall it—” “If he had attempted to forestall it, he may were successful,” interrupted my grandmother, yet my mom went on as if she hadn’t heard her. “His infantrymen have been excited on the ease with which that they had conquered,” she acknowledged, “and a lot of them have been from barbarian nations the place the effective facet typically destroys town and population they've got overwhelmed.

She appeared to have forgotten that the remainder of us have been there. “Simon,” she stated, “I do not realize. ” “Nor I,” acknowledged Simon ruefully, rubbing his bald head as he did while frightened. “There have been a few childrens who have been scholars of my father’s. ” He paused, and that i sat nonetheless, hoping he could overlook my presence and cross on. Simon hardly ever pointed out his boyhood, no less than in entrance people young children, and it used to be mysterious and unique to me. He went on, “Not usually, yet as soon as each few years, my father might inform my mom approximately his nice frustration in now not with the ability to educate a few young children tips to learn.

From the courtyard, i may see out to the fields. Spring used to be now not but in complete flower, however the day was once hot. On an impulse, I the peasants during the gate to face at the grass instantly open air the convent partitions. in the beginning I felt giddy at no longer being enclosed through partitions, yet instructed myself to not be foolish, that standard humans stood out within the open each day. After a couple of minutes, I felt extra secure, and regarded down around the fields. What I observed extremely joyful me. faraway, tiny figures have been bending low, planting.

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I bowed to my father, scarcely dared to look at Constantine, and walked as speedy as i may out of the throne room. I didn’t decelerate till I had grew to become sufficient corners to ensure that not anyone may see me, after which I leaned opposed to the wall and pressed my hand to my chest, feeling my middle pounding and my breath coming briefly gasps. Had I acted like a idiot? may he imagine me a foolish baby, one no longer but sufficiently old to put on the veil, simply as my father had? while I had regained my composure, I persisted on my approach to the kitchen.

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