FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifact-a gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. It's the only remnant of a lost, pagan cult. But no sooner have they arrived when it becomes clear they may be playing at a dangerous game. A colleague and friend of Paula's father is found murdered. There are rumors of Cybele's cult reviving within the very walls of Istanbul. And most telling of all, signs have begun to appear to Paula, urging her to unlock Cybele's secret. Meanwhile, Paula doesn't know who she can trust in Istanbul, and finds herself drawn to two very different men. As time begins to run out, Paula realizes they may all be tied up in the destiny of Cybele's Gift, and she must solve the puzzle before unknown but deadly enemies catch up to her...?
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by Juliet Marillier
by Christopher Pike
by Christie Golden
by Juliet Landon
by Dot Hutchison
by S.M. Beiko
by Annette Curtis Klause
by L. Frank Baum
"Author Juliet Marillier weaves mythology and history into an intriguing tapestry of betrayal, mystery, and love. Scholar Paula accompanies her merchant father from Transylvania to Istanbul in search of Cybele's Gift, an ancient pagan relic. Justine Eyre engages the listener, bringing to life the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this ancient trading crossroads. She easily transports the listener from Istanbul, through portals, to the Other Kingdom, where magic abounds. Her precise enunciation and use of slight accents for the characters in Istanbul and the Other Kingdom add to the atmosphere of the tale. Paula's strong, independent character, played out in contrast to the expectations of a culture in which women are expected to be seen but not heard, will appeal to the young female listener. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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