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I love to read, mostly historical fiction with a little historical romance and some ghosty stories thrown int.

Temple of a Thousand Faces

Temple of a Thousand Faces - John Shors Summary: When his land is taken by force in 1177, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king. Exiled from their homeland, he and his wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people. Meanwhile, Cham King Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and squashing any hint of rebellion.This isn’t the first time I have read a John Shors novel. A few years ago, I devoured Beneath a Marble Sky and Beside a Burning Sea. I was thrilled so see that he had a new bookOne look at this cover and I knew I was in for a treat. The artwork perfectly reflects Mr. Shors rich and detailed writing, as well and the glory of the Angkor Wat temple. To be honest, I don’t know a lot about Cambodia, so it was very interesting reading about this period of their history. Especially, as the story was based on true events.Although Prince Jayavar and his wife are the backbone of this story, there are several other characters that play a major role. King Indravarman and his assassin Po Rame are perfectly sinister, and Boran and his wife and children are just simple fishermen, but prove to be just as important in their own way. My favorite characters were Voisanne and Asal. She being so brave and him so strong. I really enjoyed following their changing story as the novel unfolded. Mr. Shors added to the character development by telling the story from several different points of view. I liked this, and was able to learn much more about each story teller. It really added to the suspense when, as the reader, I knew something that the other characters did not.Hands down the best part of this book is the setting and the details. The beautiful temples and lush jungle were so well described that they came alive for me. As I was reading it was so easy for me to imagine the buzzing mosquitoes and thorns of the jungle, as well as the golden opulence and beautiful views of the temples. The small story of “creating” the Cambodian flag was a nice addition.I wouldn’t say that this is a light and easy read. It was 507 pages and with all those details, it took longer to finish than I expected. However, I looked forward to reading it every chance I got. This was John Shors at this best. I think I like it even better after sitting down to write this review, if that is even possible. Novels like this are the very reason that I read historical fiction. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to fall into a great historical fiction.This review originally appeared on momwithabook