The Road of Silk: Book Review
"The Road of Silk is an adventure fantasy, with mystical and
magical elements and a high energy feel to it that any
reader will enjoy. Although this novel is written for an adult
audience, I believe anyone over the age of 10 could easily
become immersed in its pages. This is a co-written work
between Matt Afsahi and Barbara Dysonwilliams, who have
written many of their own books in the past. In The Road of
Silk, they successfully combined their wide range of
knowledge in journalism, art, archaeology, literature and
languages into a wonderful piece of work.
Six main characters play important parts in this battle of
good against evil - where there is little hope of survival.
Running is not an option, as it would only result in a
gruesome war. Queen Yasmin, a stunningly beautiful young
woman, is more than willing to sacrifice herself and marry
an evil King whom she cannot love for something bigger
than herself - the safety of her people. For her, war is a
tragedy to be avoided at all costs, even if it means
sacrificing love and happiness.
Queen Yasmin finds love where she did not expect it, and
learns hidden family secrets that alter her future forever. She
discovers a great power within herself and the journey helps
her to find the strength and confidence that will help her rule
justly and wisely. Along the way a deep friendship develops
between unlikely characters that breaks through belief
systems and ingrained feelings of duty.
Forced to make choices in challenging situations helps the
six main characters grow into better (or sometimes worse)
people. They all end up facing their greatest fears and their
choices will determine their fate.
The Road of Silk was definitely an entertaining read. It had a
smooth story line with interesting characters and had a
sense of fun and energy to it throughout. I felt the authors
were trying to tell readers that friendship and honor will seek
us out when we live consciously. Living is about choices,
after all - and few of the choices are easy."
Authors: Matt Afsahi and Barbara Dysonwilliams
Publisher: Synergy Books
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry.
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See also an earlier article in The New Yorker
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