Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Frankincense Trail - Jody Kihara

The Frankincense Trail by Jody Kihara
Date Released: June 30th
Publisher:Star Magnolia Publishing 
Pages: 265
Date Read: June 23rd
Format: e-book
Source: Author


In 200BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world. But wealth comes at a cost: the precious resin had to be transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert.

Alia is a princess in a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road. Having grown up hearing tales of Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba, she dreams of finding a way to restore her kingdom’s former might. When a caravan journeying to the mysterious incense lands stops to take on travellers, she sees her chance.

She soon realises, however, that her trust in the caravan leaders has been misguided. They are not mere incense merchants, but traitors and mercenaries. Alia’s journey soon turns from dangerous to life-threatening.

The Frankincense Trail is a story that transports the reader to a time and place reminiscent of the Arabian Nights tales.

My Review:

I think this is the First Historical Fiction book I read and wow, it did not disappoint, especially because I am already familiar with Jody Kihara’s work. The Frankincense Trail has an amazing setting and the descriptions are fabulous, I could see everything clear in my mind.

Apart from this we have a great story and characters, Meet Alia, a princess that knows what it takes to save her country though she is not given the opportunity – being a girl in that time is not so good – and she is soon to be married –also not so helpful – and she has a really really really annoying little brother – tell me about it. So what happens with the adventures? She takes them in her own hands and joins a caravan that is passing through, and of course, she uses a little disguise ;)

So far my favorite novel of Jody Kihara. I would have liked to see Alia and Kardals relationship go further though, still, Jody Kihara has not let me down :)

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