By Stephen R. Lawhead

Even if born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a distant Irish monastery at the a long way, wild fringe of Christendom. safe in paintings, contemplation, and desires of the broader international, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet lifestyles. he's selected to accompany a small band of clergymen on a quest to the farthest japanese reaches of the identified global, to the fabled urban of Byzantium, the place they're to offer a stunning and dear hand-illuminated manuscript, the booklet of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.

Thus starts an excursion by means of sea and over land, as Aidan turns into, via turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a undercover agent, a Viking and a Saracen, and eventually, a guy. He sees extra of the realm than such a lot males of his time, changing into an envoy to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden courtroom. and at last this valiant Irish monk faces the best trial which may confront any guy in any age: commanding his personal future.

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Mama pushed Papa away. She looked weary. Her blue eyes, so much like Shenandoah's, sparkled with happiness when she saw me. But the highlights quickly faded. She frantically searched for Shenandoah before her gaze finally stopped on the small bundle lying in the back of the sleigh. I had never seen Mama cry. Today her hands trembled, and she swayed so I was afraid she would faint. One slender hand grasped the rough beams supporting the dugout porch, but she didn't cry. "I'm sorry, Mama. I tried to help her.

Slowly, Josh Paul began to talk about Shenandoah. He and Miss Gibson remembered her kindness and sweet ways. Not me. I didn't want to remember. To me, each memory was a knife that sliced away part of who I was, because part of me was Shenandoah. On the fourteenth day of February, we sat around pretending not to be sad or hungry. Suddenly, we heard a scratching. "Someone's digging," Miss Gibson said, lighting up with optimism. I hoped it wasn't Mama. I couldn't face her with the fact I hadn't taken care of my sister.

I clung to Papa's back, using his broad shoulders for a shield against the cold wind. Papa barely stopped to let me slide off Rebel's back at Bulews' store. " His voice was gruff. " I called after him, but he rode off without an answer. I stood by a drift of snow in front of the store and watched him gallop away. There were other stores in TuliaGeneral Mercantile and a new one owned by Mr. Cantrell, but Mama had always done business with Bulews'. They let us buy on credit when Grandma's money was late arriving.

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