CITY OF TEARS
by Eric Balkan
The Kaskir nomads have been beleaguered
by other nomads, the imperial army along with anyone else who
has happened to come along. Their villages have been exhausted,
children kidnapped until they are now very nearly at the end
of their rope. Ailana, wife of the Kaskir chief's son, is resolute
in her determination to be reunited with her children once again.
Turan Khan, Jersak nomad ruler, is every bit as determined in
his pursuit to demolish D'nar first and the other nomad clans
An excellent piece of writing
with a compelling story to tell. I enjoyed the book very much.
This work by writer Balkan is an action packed thriller filled
with historical content and the brutal actuality of a period
we can only conjecture today. Writer Balkan composes a representation
of the barbarous life accomplished by those existing in medieval
Central Asia. Following the struggles of the Kaskir as they
struggle to retain their identity in an atmosphere where that
is all but impossible we catch a glimpse of a life heretofore
hidden from our view. The story weaves the mystery of what has
become of Jinji, Ailana's closest friend, through the narrative
with a most appealing adroitness.
Characters presented by writer
Balkan are well thought out, creditable and at times, down right
frightening. The time interval presented in this book was one
in which the delicate or halt had limited opportunity for survival.
Balkan's work is peopled with fascinating characters who are
robust, inflexible, puissant people facing arduous times at best.
Writer Balkan's regard for this
time period combined with his solid erudition based on much research
have produced a work of the highest standard. Highly recommended
for everyone who enjoys a good mystery along with their historical