Nico and Maria, Maltese brother and sister, are separated when young Nico is abducted by Moorish slavers.
Taken to Algiers to be the personal slave of a wealthy merchant, he becomes a pawn in household politics and sets out to escape.
Extraordinary events lead him to the court of Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottomans. Stranded alone on Malta, Maria must learn to survive helped only by a group of Jewish refugees.
A sweeping historical epic set against the backdrop of the desperate conflict between Christian Europe and the Islamic Ottoman Empire, The Sword and the Scimitar vividly portrays an irresistible and fast-moving world of adventure, war, treachery and love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 784 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/08/2004
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780099457954
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Review by pmarshall
A good read, one that held my attention, entertained and educated me. Malta has a tiny place in my family history so it was interesting to learn some of its history. The role of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the Middle Ages set the stage for much of what is happening in the Middle East today and this book helps put some of that into context. So much is done in the name of God...