The Sheen on the Silk

The Sheen on the Silk

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock.

Arriving in Constantinople in 1273, Anna Zarides vows to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, maneuvering close to the key players involved in her brother's fate, including Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship's captain conflicted by his growing feelings for Anastasius. As leaders in Rome and Venice plot to invade Constantinople in another Crusade to capture the Holy Land, 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.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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jjeeaannee Jun 25, 2016

Awesome book. I wish Ms Perry would write a series based on this novel.

Sep 04, 2013

Excellent read once I started it, it was hard to put down.

kevfarley Oct 25, 2012

Returned it after the first 100 pages (out of 400).
The historical intrest was drownded on the soap opera plotting.

Jul 24, 2012

A page turner from beginning to end. So much intrigue and complexity to the characters.

laddie64 Dec 04, 2011

This is by far Anne Perry's best work. She should stick to historical fiction, where she is best at developing her characters and immersing the reader into an era. Developing a mystery and bringing it to fruition/completion, she often falls flat. Hoping for more true historical fiction from Ms. Perry!!!

Jul 08, 2011

This was a great story. I really enjoyed the main characters. Anna becomes involved with a number of powerful people and interesting events. I loved learning about the Constantinople of this time.

Oct 17, 2010

Thinking it would be a murder mystery, I was a bit disappointed as it was only really a secondary plot. The descriptions of Byzantium are rich and makes the city come to light.


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