Why are the sheep in a
remote Egyptian village cutting their
That's the mystery Emperor
Justinian inexplicably sends his Lord Chamberlain
John the Eunuch to Egypt to solve.
Is it because John desperately needs
to clear himself of accusations he
murdered a senator in the Hippodrome?
Mehenopolis is a pilgrim destination
thanks to its ancient shrine to a
snake deity as well as the home of
sheep. It is nearly as byzantine in its ways and undercurrents as Constantinople.
Among the suspicious characters John
encounters are a pretentious local
landowner battling a self-styled magician
for control of the lucrative shrine,
an exiled heretical cleric, an itinerant
bee-keeper, and a disgraced charioteer.
Meanwhile, back in Constantinople,
John's good friend Anatolius does his
best to trace the senator's murderer
and clear John.
At stake are not only John's honor—and
his head!—but also the family
with whom he recently reunited, a family
now in danger of being broken apart.
The husband and wife team of Mary
Reed and Eric Mayer have written six
novels set in Byzantine times,
of which Six for Gold is the latest
accomplished. If you like historical
fiction, this will take you back to
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