21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful blend of history, poetry and suspense.,
This review is from: Samarkand (Paperback)
I had high expectations when I started reading this since I had already read Leo Africanus and The Crusades Through Arab Eyes and loved them. The book is a great introduction to Omar Khayyam and his quatrains although it is a historical "novel". It gives you quite an education on a number of ancient historical figures and major events. Examples are the Mongol Empire and the sect of the Assassins. I was particularly interested in the Assassins where the modern use of the word comes from and a major part of the story deals with them. I would recommend it to anyone who relishes history and a good read.