An Epic Historical Novel
This is one of the best books I have read lately. It immerses one in the Muslim and Western worlds. Muslims, Jews and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain before Spain existed. The area dominating this story was called Andalus by the Arabs and Berbers, Iberra by the Greeks and Hispania by the Romans. The author did extensive research to be able to present to the readers the various characters who carried the tale forth, including all of the religious and social mores of these times. The Arabs controlled this area for over seven hundred years.
Noor was the daughter of King Tarik and is the protagonist who carries this story forward. During these times, Islam was not so aggressive and actually considered itself an offshoot of Judism because Abraham was the reputed father of both races/religions. Christianity was tolerated as long as it didn’t try to interfere with the other religions. It is a shame that the world can’t continue along these line.
In this story, Noor, as the surviving queen of Andalus continually faces wars as races fight for land. There are too many colorful characters who demonstrate the times to attempt to describe in this review. For any reader who loves historical novel and is intrigued by that part of the world and those times (remember the movie “El Cid”), you will be thoroughly educated and intrigued by this story.
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.