• by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by Stuart Langton
  • 25 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.During this expedition by sea and over land, Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally, this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial confronting any man in any age: the command of his own destiny.


What the Critics Say

"Not merely a gripping yarn - and it certainly is that - this is also a novel about faith and the tests life plants in its way. Lawhead, author of the popular Pendragon cycle of fantasies, here makes a sure move into mainstream fiction." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Years after listening to Stuart Langton perform this story my husband and I are still able conjur up images with just a word - 'aya' - and that one word brings back all the warmth and integrity of Lawhead's wonderfull characters. I miss them so! Get past the monotone of the first few chapters - trust the writer/reader that it has it's purpose.
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- Christine

Innovative Writing

I love long, well written, action packed historical
novels. There are a lot of historical novels,
and quite a few of them that have a lot of action.
But there aren't many that have been written well.
By that, most lover's of good literature probably share most of my beliefs as to what "well written"
On the other hand, too many are prosaic in key areas like characterization, plot, and description
to merit "well written". "Byzantium" is well
written. It is innovative, it flows well, and
tells a great story. For one who has read a lot
of this genre, surprise at where the story goes
is a refreshingly pleasant experience. Good
narration, which becomes increasingly apparent,
the deeper one goes in the story. It is a long
story which kept my interest the entire time...the
way I like it.
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- neil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.