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The Four Quarters of the World [Paperback]

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Abyssinia, 1866. The crazed (some say) but dynamic Christian King of Kings has taken power as Tewodros II. His vision: to reunite Ethiopia under one crown, one God. To that end he moves his massive, gorgeously arrayed army from province to province. But rebellion is continuous and, in the end, he is Emperor of only the remote and inaccessible rock Magdala, where he holds political prisoners, spouses, and relations he's tired of and fifty Europeans. Into the barbaric and breathtaking kingdom comes American adventurer, linguist, and ethnologist, Captain Ravinger Howland. Becoming Tewodros' right-hand man, Ravi is allowed all the privileges of a royal son: concubines, armory, all the raw beef he can eat but not the returned Queen of Sheba. American doctor Delphine Chambliss, Tewodros believes, is the reincarnation of Makeda from who all Abyssinian kings are descended. But even as Ravi begins to question Tewodros' sanity, he falls for the bitterly bereaved Dr. Chambliss. And now, as the kingdom crumbles, Ravi and Tewodros lock horns over the woman in a battle to the death.

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Pages   508
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815449  
ISBN13  9781932815443  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karen Mercury is a writer who has traveled extensively throughout Africa. She is the author of "The Four Quarters of the World" and "The Hinterlands," She lives in Vallejo, California.

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An Amazing Epic Romance!  Oct 4, 2006
Tewodros II has the vision he will be able to unite all of Ethiopia under one ruler and one God. He moves from province to province bringing those under his control. Traveling with him is American Captain Ravinger Howland. His is a man of many talents that includes being a linguist, and adventurer. It is not long before Ravi becomes a favorite of Tewodros, enjoying all of the perks of a favorite son. Ravi enjoys his status and his experiences. But he will not be allowed everything and the one thing he desires might be the one thing that brings a dynasty to it's knees.

American doctor Delphine Chambliss would not call herself beautiful but she is talented. When Tewodros sees her he believes that she is the reincarnation of Makeda. It is accepted that all Abyssinian Kings come from this lineage. She is brought to the traveling army and lives amongst the concubines. Her restless nature keeps her in this amazing country. It is not long before her path and that of Ravi finally crosses with results no one could imagine. He awakens her sensual self and it becomes difficult to walk away from him. Ravi starts to worry for Tewodros sanity as a kingdom begins to fall apart and he and Delphine are caught in the middle.

If you haven't read anything by Ms. Mercury you are missing out. This hugely talented author pens epic size historical reads that are set in exotic locations and are unique because of this. She tapes history that is very much overlooked in the writing world and that is unfamiliar with many. This is a good thing as it means she is offering the reader something new. Add to this her very sensual voice and the reader is guaranteed a page turning read they will loose themselves in. Kristi Ahlers for the Mystic Castle
excellent historical fiction   Sep 8, 2006

In 1866 Abyssinia, Tewodros II insists he is the Emperor of Ethiopia as the descendent of the Christian King of Kings. He envisions reuniting the empire under his rule, under the one God. He has established a large Takruries military force that is dressed very pretty and drilled in English but most not understanding the words so their is little discipline as following orders is difficult for most. He parades his clownish soldiers from one locale to another as a show of strength. Once his forces leave for the next stop his adversaries return.

The Emperor has one capable officer, American adventurer Ravi, who through his raiding skills becomes Tewodros' top soldier and receives the royal treatment. Still in spite of Captain Ravinger Howland's abilities, Emperor Tewodros II finds his sphere of control shrinking. However, when Tewodros meets American Dr. Delphine Chambliss, he believes she is the reincarnation of his ancestor the biblical Queen of Sheba; he concludes she has returned to bring glory to his rule. When Ravi, who believes his employer is insane, meets Delphine, he falls in love. As the country nears collapse, the lunacy of the Emperor and the protection of her defender the warrior Abou Bekrnow leave Ravi no opportunity to court Delphine because either man will kill him if he goes near her.

As she did so superbly with the 1896 Kingdom of Benin (see HINTERLANDS), Karen Mercury does as excellently with 1866 Abyssinia. The story line is action-packed even before the confrontational stage is set and the cast superbly developed so that readers receive a powerful look at pre Haile Selassie's Ethiopia. Ms. Mercury, with two novels on her résumé, has moved to the forefront of late nineteenth century African historical novels that entertain while they educate.

Harriet Klausner

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