The al-Andalus series Book# 2
Set in Muslim Spain The Eye of the Falcon is the second in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone (although I suggest starting at the beginning with The Shining City because the series is very much worth following in sequence for maximum enjoyment.)
Eleven-year-old Khalifa’s father is dead and he is to rule the domain of al-Andalus, but all is not well, for ruling as regent is a ruthless, scheming, malicious mother who wants control for herself, in the young Caliph’s name. The trouble she creates is to lead to the downfall of the dynasty.
This is a story as rich and as vast as the land itself, the writing is as evocative as the scenery, while the characters are written with believable empathy. I did feel the ending could have been a little more of a ‘cliff-hanger’ to lead the reader into the next in the series, but that really is a minor nit-pick on my part.
© Anne Holt
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