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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Tomorrow We Will Know: A Novel of Imperial Constantinople 1453 by Sandra Worth is set in the last days of the Byzantine Empire, specifically during the siege of Constantinople in the early 1450s. The story follows Emperor Constantine XI and his struggles to keep the Ottoman invaders out while his life falls apart. Constantine becomes the emperor when his brother Theodore passes away. Suddenly, Constantine has to let go of everything he loves to serve his people, even his love Zoe Notaras. Zoe is the daughter of a grand duke with big dreams that somehow become bigger than her feelings. To make matters worse, they cannot disclose their love for each other, considering the new Ottoman ruler Mehmet is getting ready to take over Constantinople right from under their feet. Constantine tries to fight for his people, but he is not prepared for losing Zoe. Can he keep her and his empire too?
Very few historical novels have the effect that Tomorrow We Will Know had on me. It is rich with diverse characters, has incredible details, and provides a magical experience that we expect from a well-written novel. The story delivers a vivid depiction of the fall of Constantinople and the conflict, while also doing justice to Zoe, Constantine, and Justiniani, whom you will discover as you get into the story. I love how Sandra Worth explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the clash of civilizations between the East and the West and does justice to them all. I also love that there is romance, suspense, and constant action that creates an immersive experience unlike any other. No historical fiction novel has been successful in holding my attention as this story did. It is a history lesson and entertainment all rolled into one.