Everything Under the Heavens

Everything Under the Heavens

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Raised in a prosperous family of 14th century Chinese merchants, Wu Johanna has grown up on camelback, in bustling city marketplaces, and in the cool, shaded depths of Silk Road caravanserai. Hers is a world of spice merchants and pearl divers, bandits and troubadours, servants and sheikhs. A world in which trust is more valuable than gold, and the right name can unlock a network of contacts from Japan to North Africa. Johanna is, after all, the granddaughter of Marco Polo. In the wake of her father's death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Dynastic loyalties are shifting, petty jealousies lead to cold-blooded murders, and the long knives are coming out. If Johanna is to find a future for herself, she'll have to rely on her wits, the vagaries of fortune, and a close-knit circle of friends and traveling companions. Her destiny--if she has one--lies more than a continent away, at the very edge of the known world.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Gere Donovan Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781936666997
1936666995
Characteristics: 210 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.

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mekrebs
Nov 27, 2015

I loved this book. I was searching for a new Dana Stabenow and came across this by accident. I had no idea she wrote historical fiction. It is rich in the very early history of the east and mid-east, a lot of which I knew, but she gave me a much better understanding of the attitudes of the regions. I have never been able to understand the mindset of war and terrorism of today. This gave me a bit of understanding of the attitude that goes back a thousand years. It wasn't meant to change my mind, just to inform. My attitudes are still my own. When my turn comes up I will recommend it to my book club.

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pearsonfr
Oct 30, 2014

I was very disappointed in this first book of a series. After being totally engaged in the Kate Shugak series I had expectations that this would be on the same level. But no, sadly, it reads like a teen novel. I couldn't even finish it.

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