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Island of Gold (Sea and Stone Chronicles) by Amy Maroney

Island of Gold

By Amy Maroney

(Sea and Stone Chronicles)

Publication Date: September 8, 2021

Publisher: Artelan Press

Page Length: 380 Pages

Genre: Historical adventure and romance

SYNOPSIS

1454. A noble French falconer. A spirited merchant’s daughter. And a fateful decision that changes their destiny forever.

When Cédric is recruited by the Knights Hospitaller to the Greek island of Rhodes, his wife Sophie jumps at the chance to improve their fortunes. After a harrowing journey to Rhodes, Cédric plunges into the world of the knights—while Sophie is tempted by the endless riches that flow into the bustling harbor. But their dazzling new home has a dark side.

Slaves toil endlessly to fortify the city walls, and rumors of a coming attack by the Ottoman Turks swirl in the streets. Desperate to gain favor with the knights and secure his position, Cédric navigates a treacherous world of shadowy alliances. Meanwhile, Sophie secretly engineers a bold plan to keep their children safe. As the trust between them frays, enemies close in—and when disaster strikes the island, the dangers of their new world become terrifyingly real.

With this richly-told story of adventure, treachery, and the redeeming power of love, Amy Maroney brings a mesmerizing and forgotten world to vivid life.

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REVIEW

From the desk of Gwendalyn Anderson

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Island of Gold by Amy Marone is the first installment in a new book series called Sea and Stone Chronicles.

The fifteenth century comes vividly to light under Amy Marone seamless narration and stunning prose.

Cédric de Montavon having been born with the misfortune of being the third son, must make his own way in life. That is exactly what he does! Taking an honored and prestigious position as master falconer to the Count of Chambonac.

Sofie Portier is the vivacious daughter of a successful cloth merchant of pastel woolens. Sofie meets her brothers friend, Cédric a falconer, in Bruges while her family is visiting there. When Sofie and Cédric meet it is obvious that the two are drawn to each other. The marriage is welcomed and benefits both parties involved. Sofie and her family are pleased with her becoming a noblewoman.

The count offers Cédric a position at the sun swept legendary Greek, island of Rhodes. The island is under the protection of The Knights of Hospitallers. Guarded by the knights, the island is a precious gateway to Europe, that is constantly under threat from pirates and the Ottoman Empire.

The author takes the reader on an adventurous trip from France to the stunning Greek islands. Cédric and Sofie along with their new family will face a enormous amounts of trials and tribulation. As the couple seek to advance their fortunes and stay safe from continuous threats.

Amy Marone weaves meticulous historical research within a vivid and captivating fictional tale. The characters are well developed and three dimensional. The storyline unfolds perfectly and was exciting to read.

Amy Maroney

Amy Maroney lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, and spent many years as a writer and editor of nonfiction before turning her hand to historical fiction. When she’s not diving down research rabbit holes, she enjoys hiking, dancing, traveling, and reading. Amy is the author of the Miramonde Series, a trilogy about a Renaissance-era female artist and the modern-day scholar on her trail. To receive a free prequel novella to the Miramonde Series, join Amy’s readers’ group at http://www.amymaroney.com. (Just copy and paste into your browser.)

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