Beneath a Crescent Shadow: Volume 1 (Hardcover)

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Beneath a Crescent Shadow: Volume 1 (Hardcover)


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After an arranged marriage, Konstantin and Suzana must find a way to meet the demands of a conquering Ottoman sultan amid a torrent of setbacks and dangers much closer to their Balkan home.

The Balkans, 1373

A devastating battle claimed the lives of Konstantin's father, uncle, and most of their Serb army, leaving him to rule as a vassal of the Ottoman sultan, a role he is wholly unprepared for. Between war, famine, and a persistent band of brigands, Konstantin is nearly bankrupt. He will need to find a wealthy bride to marry if he is to have any hope of saving his lands and securing his future.

A betrothal to Suzana, the daughter of a prosperous merchant, is soon arranged, and upon meeting her, Konstantin immediately feels hope that their marriage could someday grow into love. Yet from the moment of Konstantin and Suzana's betrothal, enemies threaten their lives, outlaws prey on their lands, and the terrors of Suzana's abusive past haunt their fragile new relationship. As this onslaught of threats closes in, the two face challenges that will test their love, their faith, and their hope to save their people and win their freedom from the heavy weight of Ottoman oppression.

The Balkan Legends Series:
After the Crescent Strike, A Prequel Novella
Beneath a Crescent Shadow, Book One
Beyond the Crescent Sky, Book Two (coming January 2025)
Against a Crescent Storm, Book Three (coming June 2025)
A. L. Sowards is the author of more than a dozen historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned multiple awards, including a Whitney Award, a Readers' Favorite gold medal, and an Editor's Choice selection from the Historical Novel Society. Sowards grew up in Washington State, spent a few decades in Utah, and now resides in Alaska with her husband, three children, and ever-growing library. She likes hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. Sowards enjoys connecting with readers and can be found online at and on Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram. Readers can sign up for her newsletter at Beneath a Crescent Shadow is also available in audio and ebook.
Product Details ISBN: 9781639932467
ISBN-10: 1639932461
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 360
Language: English