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Historical fiction full of action! Venture to the medieval Central Asian steppe. Join Dmitry and Lorenza on their journey across the plain of Usty. They must prevent the Mongolian Xanamen horde from attacking Doros in Crimea. What happened to TarazMoreHistorical fiction full of action! Venture to the medieval Central Asian steppe. Join Dmitry and Lorenza on their journey across the plain of Usty. They must prevent the Mongolian Xanamen horde from attacking Doros in Crimea. What happened to Taraz and can it recover its lost grandeur? The narrative and vivid characters will keep you turning the page. Suitable for age 14+Synopsis:Taraz is a citadel located at the southern fringe of the magnificent Central Asian steppe. The monumental buildings of Taraz, namely towers, domes and the city walls, are weathered and worn. The people have lost know-how and dwell in the shadow of the past- they subsist and barter goods as they have little money. Taraz is governed by an ineffective council led by Priestess Mashara, who follows an esoteric Pythagorean cult. How will the city recover from its malaise?North lies the dreaded Field of Shards, a ‘no-go’ area demarcated by ancient monumental iron crosses and spikes, a symbol of a collapsed civilization. The rebuilding of Taraz begins by drawing on memories, codifying knowledge and seeking outside help.Twenty thousand warring Mongolian Xanamen nomads are camped in tents on the steppe. They recently laid waste to the city of Kokand, a rival regional power. The leader ails and his successor is likely to be the brutal, psychotic Vandem, whose teenage daughter Borjina craves power and wealth.From Crimea, the Indigo Riders, emissaries of progressive King Lothar of Theodoro set out for the steppe to collect intelligence about the threat posed by the horde. Dmitry leads the Riders, his wife Lorenza is enigmatic and she is the heroine of the story, driven by her quest to find her missing daughter. Theodoro is beset by the Genoese and Ottomans from the south. The Indigo Riders lead a precarious existence. After Gurish is assassinated, the Genoese ally with the Jagiellon dynasty, a Lithuanian-Polish alliance, in order to dominate the trade routes. They raise the Army of the Shattering Hand to challenge the Xanamen horde. A major battle takes place on the banks or the river Don commencing with a contest of champions.