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The Eye of the Falcon

The Eye of the Falcon

Author(s): Joan Fallon

Location(s): Córdoba

Genre(s): Historical, Fiction

Era(s): 10th century

A story of intrigue, betrayal and murder set in the royal court of 10th century Andalusia.When the caliph of al-Andalus, al-Hakim II, dies leaving an eleven-year-old boy as his heir, Queen Subh knows that her son is in danger—other members of the Omayyad court have their eyes on the throne. Captured by slavers and brought to Córdoba as a child, Subh has risen to become the most powerful woman in the realm. A woman of great intelligence, beauty and ambition, she does not intend to let her enemies win. Now she must use those wits and beauty to ensure that her son comes to no harm and that she remains Queen Mother. She sets up a Regency to rule in his place until the child comes of age. But she has underestimated the ruthlessness and ambition of their enemies. Keeping the seat of power under her control is not as simple as she thought. In the end she has to chose between her own ambitions and her son’s safety. ‘Based around real events, this book magically and effectively brings a story rich in intrigue, to life.’ Historical Novel Review Society ‘…immerses the reader in the gritty world of court intrigue wonderfully.’

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