Heart of the World: Chapter 3

Heart of the World: Chapter 3

Caravanserai The merchant Gilbert d’Baalbeck, with five camels and four servants and a chest full of money, left the Il-Khan’s summer camp and went south and west, toward the Euphrates. The road was poor, but Gilbert saw no need to ride in company; the Mongols took...
Heart of the World: Chapter 3

Heart of the World: Chapter 2

In The Ordu of the Il-Khan Dinah ached, her whole body a single burning pain, her bottom half ripped and ruined. Lying on the hard ground in the dark she shivered, thinking she might be pregnant. Some horror growing in her. No matter. They would kill her soon. They...
Heart of the World: Chapter 3

Heart of the World: Chapter 1

Baghdad Rikart braced his hands on the rail of the balcony, looking out. The City of Peace spread away before him in its orderly array, green with orchards and gardens. The blue stripe of the Great Canal crossed it like a sash.  Among the packed houses a hundred...