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Arriving in the ancient Byzantine city in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian, who has been exiled to the desert for conspiring to kill Bessarion, a nobleman. Disguising herself as a eunuch named Anastasius, Anna moves freely about in society, using her skills as a physician to maneuver close to the key players involved in her brother’s fate.
With her medical practice thriving, Anna crosses paths with Zoe Chrysaphes, a devious noblewoman with her own hidden agenda, and Giuliano Dandolo, a ship’s captain conflicted not only by his mixed Venetian-Byzantine heritage but by his growing feelings for Anastasius.
Trying to clear her brother’s name, Anna learns more about Justinian’s life and reputation, including his peculiar ties to Bessarion’s beautiful widow and his possible role in a plot to overthrow the emperor. This leaves Anna with more questions than answers, and time is running out. For an even greater threat lies on the horizon: Another Crusade to capture the Holy Land is brewing, and leaders in Rome and Venice have set their sights on Constantinople for what is sure to be a brutal invasion.
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.
Richly detailed and finely wrought, The Sheen on the Silk is a bold and brilliant work that affirms Anne Perry’s talent as a master storyteller.
©2010 Anne Perry (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 05-08-10

not my cup of tea

Perhaps if you like Perry AND "Pillars of the Earth" and/or "Sacred Hearts" type listens, you'll enjoy this.

As in her Victorian series, Perry is good on verisimilitude- detail of clothes and food and buildings- but I'm not sure she gets the history of the mentalities any better (but either does Follet). I think Perry's prose is better than usual and she attempts to be more literary in "Sheen" - but still I found it very tedious - too many improbable conversations and even more improbable overheard conversations. At least Perry doesn't assault the ears with graphic violence and sex like a "Pillars."

The narrator was competent but wouldn't be my choice for this novel-too young and breathy.

One of us - either Perry or me -- should stick with the 19th century.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 09-17-10


Anne Perry never ceases to amaze me!! Well researched and thought provoking as well as a great story. Reader was also excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Bibliophile on 09-03-10

Byzantine by name and nature

Most of the Anne Perry books I have come across have been her Victorian crime mysteries and so this is a real departure.
Byzantium has been sacked by one lot of Crusaders and the book takes place when there is the strong probability that another Crusade to the Holy Land will stop off for a bit more rape and pillage - the Orthodox Church is seen by those of the Western Church as blasphemous so anything is permissable.
The story is set around a young woman's attempts to have her brother released after he was involved in a plot to kill the Emperor. It is very long and fairly tortuous, but if you are interested already in the period, then very interesting.
The reader is a bit disconcerting as I had not expected an American accent, and some pronunciation jarred.
I enjoyed the character of Anna and hoped she would win out and many of the other characters are very well drawn

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 02-12-13


I liked the idea of the plot but the names were all very complicated and i couldn't always decide who was being spoken about so i gave up after 3 hours!!

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