One of my favorite books of all time is Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. When I saw that Shors had a new historical fiction novel out, I ordered it. It's about a topic I know nothing about: medieval Cambodia.
This is the review I posted on Goodreads:
History, architecture, and historical fiction are some of my favorite
things. John Shors frequently, and successfully, combines all three to
make beautiful stories. Temple of a Thousand Faces is no exception.
Wat and the history of Cambodia were both foreign to me, making this
book very appealing; I love learning about new places! Shors tells us
the story of the Cham invasion of the Khmer kingdom in the 12th century.
A Khmer king flees the invaders and must find an army to battle for
Shors does an excellent job of telling the story
from several points of view. In this story, you hear about a soldier, a
king, a captive, and a family struggling to survive the Cham
oppressors. It's a story filled with religion, hope, and history - a
This is why I love historical fiction: you learn a bit of history while reading incredible stories.