Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shors brings Angkor alive

Author John Shors says; "My goal as a novelist is to vividly bring distant cultures and places to life. My passion for such settings is the catalyst for how I write, and what I write about." That has prompted the globe-trotting US-based novelist to pen half a dozen best-selling novels set in India, Thailand, Vietnam and now Cambodia. His book, Temple of a Thousand Faces will be out early next year. In an email exchange, John says; "I was in Siem Reap about two years ago for a research trip. I loved my visit and am excited to go back in a few months. Temple of a Thousand Faces comes out Feb 5 so I will do a bunch of events in America for two months and then will head back to Cambodia for events in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. I've connected with Monument Books and they'll help me set some stuff up. I don't have all my event details yet but hopefully will in a month or so. My novel brings Angkor Wat back to vivid life and I'm excited to share it with people in and out of Cambodia." And we're excited that you've chosen Angkor as the setting for your latest novel too.

It'll be published by Penguin and is a weighty tome at 544 pages. The publisher has this to say about the book: In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal. Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues. There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and heroism is reborn. When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king. Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical 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. Moving from a poor fisherman’s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn, Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost.
To whet your appetite even further, you can read the first two chapters of the story at the author's own website:

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