AN ADVENTURE OF THE ISLAMIC GOLDEN AGE
Saviour Pirotta's storytelling is captivating. There is such respect in the research and tale. 'The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad' is a superb story for enquiring minds.
A stunning combination of historical fact and thrilling adventure. I felt I was walking the streets of Baghdad as I followed Jabir’s story. Kirsty Fenn, Senior School Library Service Librarian, Leeds.
When 13 year old Jabir's father, a fisherman, dies, he leaves him in charge of his mother and three sisters. Jabir is no good at fishing and when the landlord threatens to throw the family out for falling behind with the rent, he moves to Baghdad to find work.
This is 978CE and Baghdad is the most wondrous city in the world, full of opportunities for an ambitious young man like Jabir. But, caught stealing food, Jabir is thrown in prison. He is rescued by an influential clockmaker who has heard Jabir is a talented whittler who makes toys for his sisters. In return Jabir must carve twelve golden horsemen for a water-clock that the clockmaker is making for the Caliph Harun Al-Raschid.
There are only three weeks to make and gild the horsemen before the water clock is sent to the Emperor Charlemagne in Europe. Jabir, the clockmaker and his daughter Yasmina have to work all day and all night to meet the deadline. But someone seems to have it in for Jabir and will stop at nothing to stop him from finishing the horsemen on time, including arson.
When Jabir's secret enemy sets fire to the workshop, Jabir and Yasmina must find another way to finish making the golden horsemen on time. They need to seek help from Jabir's family in the desert. But the way there is full of danger and Jabir's powerful enemy is still after them...
Book 1 of
THE WOLFSONG SERIES
It's 2500BC and the Neolithic is slowly giving way to the Bronze Age. In a remote village in the Orkneys now known as Skara Brae, 12 year old Wolf is in trouble. He has let a stranger into the village. And when a sacred spear is stolen from the local burial mound, Wolf is accused of facilitating the theft.
Determined to right the wrong he has caused, Wolf sets off on a dangerous quest to find the stolen spear. Will he and his faithful dog, Shadow, survive the storms at the sea, unscrupulous kidnappers and sorties into haunted burial mounds?
Publishes Summer 2020!