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Tobias (The Triptych Chronicle Book 1)


  • Prue Batten


  • Biographical
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Tyrian purple, the colour that denotes Byzantine imperial power is embargoed and under close guard in Byzantium. To steal it is punishable by death.
However a Jewish merchant from Venice has sourced an illegal supply and Tobias, a minstrel, and his twin brother, Tomas, begin a dangerous journey to retrieve the dye and deliver it into the merchant’s eager hands.
But is this supply as secret as they had hoped?
Trade is cut throat, money is power, men are expendable and death awaits in a city of icons, swords and shadows.
This is Tobias – the story of a minstrel and a broken life…

Semi-finalist in the 2016 M.m. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction (UK)
Shortlisted for the 2016 Chanticleer Chaucer Awards.
Gold medallion winner with the prestigious Indie B.R.A.G .

'Authentic characters and a twisting plot move this tale to a gripping end.' Christian Cameron, author of The Chivalry Series

'Although the time and the place of the story is very different, there was something ... that reminded me of the great Patrick O'Brian. For historical fiction, there is really no greater praise.' Matthew Harffy - The Bernicia Chronicles.

‘A powerful tale of violence, treachery, and intrigue, set in the cut-throat world of medieval trade.’ Ann Swinfen, author of The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez.

‘An atmospheric journey through the seedy underbelly of medieval Europe.’ SJA Turney, author of Marius’s Mules.

'Tobias by Prue Batten is an epic tale of courage, rebellion, helping the right and fighting the wrong. With crisp dialogues and genuine emotions, Batten has created characters that will live for a very long time in your mind...' Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite, USA