Emeralds of the Alhambra

Emeralds of the Alhambra

Book One of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
444 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2013
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Author Biography

John D. Cressler is Ken Byers Professor at Georgia Tech (Atlanta), and the author of five non-fiction books. Emeralds of the Alhambra is the first release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series and his debut novel.

Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

In today’s world it is difficult for us to imagine Muslims and Christians fighting side by side for the same cause, but once upon a time it actually happened. Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived in peace. Readers join John D. Cressler as he takes a trip back in time to Spain in 1367-1369 during the brutal Castilian Civil War. King Pedro and his illegitimate brother Enrique were battling for the throne of Castile, but both also had their eyes set on the Muslim City of Grenada. John D. Cressler uses the Castillian Civial War as the back drop for this fictional/historical romance. William Chandon was a wounded Christian Knight taken captive by Sultan Muhammad, but because of his reputation as a hero he was treated like a guest. The Sultan sent Layla, a beautiful and strong Muslim woman, to teach Chandon how to speak Spanish. At first they could not understand each other but soon they learned from each other and fell in love. Will the love between Chandon and Layla survive? Can two people from such differing worlds have a life together?

“Emeralds of The Alhambra” is a fascinating tale of history and romance. John D. Cressler has set the bar high in this his first novel. It is obvious he thoroughly researched his story as he effectively brought this interesting time period to life. The characters are exquisitely created with depth and complexity. John D. Cressler has created a beautiful tale and fascinating read filled with mystery, romance, humor and history.