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Orion Fiction HB September £14.99 272pp 978 1 4091 5811 0 eBook: £14.99 / 978 1 4091 5814 1

Neil Oliver is an immensely popular TV historian and author with a wealth of TV credits to his name including Coast and A History of Scotland.

NEIL OLIVER Master of Shadows

From the lawless borderlands of Scotland to the crumbling majesty of Constantinople, the first novel from TV historian Neil Oliver is a sweeping, epic adventure and the story of a man all but forgotten by history. In fifteenth-century Constantinople, Prince Constantine saves the life of a broken-hearted girl. But the price of his valour is high. John Grant is a young man on the edge of the world. His unique abilities carry him from his home in Scotland to the heart of the Byzantine Empire in search of a girl and the chance to fulfil a death-bed promise. Lena has remained hidden from the men who have been searching for her for many years. When she’s hunted down, at last she knows what she must do. With an army amassing beyond the city’s ancient walls, the fates of these three will intertwine. As the Siege of Constantinople reaches its climax, each must make a choice between head and heart, duty and destiny. Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer who has become widely known for the TV series A History of Scotland and Coast. He has also appeared on Two Men in a Trench (for which he wrote two accompanying books), The One Show, The History Detectives, Time Team and Channel 4’s The Face of Britain.

Orion Fiction • September 2015

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Location: Stirling, Scotland Available for interview www.neiloliver.com @NEIL_OLIVER_