Master of Shadows
In fifteenth-century Constantinople, Prince Constantine saves the life of a broken-hearted girl. But the price of his valour is high. John Grant is a young man on the edge of the world. His unique abilities carry him from his home in Scotland to the heart of the Byzantine Empire in search of a girl and the chance to fulfil a death-bed promise. Lena has remained hidden from the men who have been searching for her for many years. When she's hunted down, at last she knows what she must do. With an army amassing beyond the city's ancient walls, the fates of these three will intertwine. As the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, each must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny.
From the rough highlands of Scotland to the crumbling majesty of Constantinople, a gripping historical novel from TV historian and broadcaster Neil Oliver.
Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known as the presenter of the BBC's flagship series A History of Scotland. Before that, his distinctive style was much in evidence as a charismatic presenter of the award-winning multi-part documentary series Coast and the author of its tie-in book. His archaeological training at Glasgow University was put to good use in BBC2's series Two Men in a Trench where he visited historic British battlefields and attempted to recreate the events of each battle. He co-wrote the two accompanying books. He has also appeared as a contributor on The One Show, and as a presenter on The History Detectives, Time Team and Channel 4's The Face of Britain. He lives in Stirling with his wife and three children. www.neiloliver.com