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Silk and Song
Silk and Song

Silk and Song


800 Pages, 5.5 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: March 2019

ISBN 9781784979546

Rights: US & CA

Head of Zeus (Mar 2019)

Price: $15.95


Beijing, 1322: 16-year-old Wu Johanna is the granddaughter of the legendary trader Marco Polo. In the wake of her father's death, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Johanna's destiny—if she has one—lies with her grandfather, in Venice. So, with a small band of companions, she takes to the road—the Silk Road—that storied collection of routes that link the silks of Cathay, the spices of the Indies and the jewels of the Indus to the markets of the west. But first she must survive treachery and betrayal on a road beset by thieves, fanatics and, warlords.


"For those who like books with rich, idiosyncratic settings, engaging characters, strong women and reasonably hot sex on occasion . . . let me recommend Dana Stabenow." —Diana Gabaldon

"Well-detailed and well-told . . . this book is such a treat for historical fiction lovers!" —A Bookish Affair

"This is a bold, exciting tale which I could easily imagine being made into a film in the style of Spartacus, Robin Hood and Gladiator. There is a real mixture of action, discovery, history and romance, and although it is a chunky read, the pages turn quickly and the tale remains gripping throughout." —Historical Novel Society

"An incredibly rich story full of engaging characters which, in its focus on trade and exchange, reminded me unavoidably of Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolò series. . . . Stabenow offers a historian all they could wish, complete with an author's note, a glossary and even a list of books for further reading. Yet for all that, the history doesn't weigh down the story. . . . If you're looking for a big, meaty book for the long, dark winter evenings, give this one a go. It reminds you exactly how large the world was in the 14th century and, if you're anything like me, it'll leave you dreaming of adventures." —The Idle Woman

Author Biography

Dana Stabenow is the author of the bestselling Kate Shugak series, which includes Midnight Come Again, The Singing of the Dead, and Bad Blood, and the Liam Campbell series. She has won an Edgar Award and a Nero Award for books in the Kate Shugak series, and in 2007 she was named Alaska Artist of the Year in the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.