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The Frankincense Trail

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In 200BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world. But wealth comes at a cost: the precious resin was transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert. Alia is a princess in a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road. Having grown up hearing tales of the famous Queen ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Star Magnolia Publishing
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Jennifer
Jul 13, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I was privileged enough to have helped this author out by reading the first couple of chapters for her so I was really excited to read this when it was released. I have Jody's other books on my to-read list but this was the first one I've read to far. Set in 200 B.C. Middle East this was different from anything I have read, ever. You can tell much research went into this book and the descriptions were so colorful I could see everything play out in my mind as I read. A few extras in this book, li ...more
Fatima
Dec 17, 2013 Fatima rated it really liked it


In 200 BC, Aliya is a princess in the kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Trail. She stays locked up in the palace all day, only wanting to help her village, which is in poverty. Her town is slowly crumbling and losing access to the trading routes, so Aliya takes it upon herself to help. Her mother told her about the stories of the famous Queen of Sheba finding trading routes. Like her, she too wants to help. She cant speak up in between her two brothers and father, her servant being the one
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Darlene Foster
Jul 17, 2011 Darlene Foster rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable trip back to ancient Arabia through the experiences of the fifteen year old princess, Alia. I loved this book. It has everything I relish in a book: a smart, strong female main character, a cast of well developed, interesting side characters, authentic historic detail, the endless desert and an exciting adventure. There was just enough action in this book to keep the story moving. The vivid descriptions of the desert made me thirsty. Many teens will relate to Alia’s feelings of ...more
MarytheBookLover
Sep 14, 2011 MarytheBookLover rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book. I loved that it was set in the Middle East. It’s a YA book set in 200 B.C. This story is about a teenage Princess named Alia that is upset about the death of her mother and the illness that has landed in the town she lives in. Alia has a strong desire to get out of the town and be free. She feels like she hasn’t seen anything in her life and just wants the chance to experience life so she decides to dress up as a boy and travel with a caravan. What she finds
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TheBookAddictedGirl
Jul 16, 2011 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone Who Love To Feel Like They've Travelled Back In Time!
4 Out of 5
Alia is a princess, an Ameera. Her place in life is to get married to a prince from another kingdom and have children. But she doesn’t want that. Alia wants to travel the desert, to visit the mysterious incense roads. With the help of her friend Safiy, Alia disguises herself as a boy, and joins a caravan of traders, headed for the frankincense lands. But what Alia doesn’t realise is that traders are highly superstitious, and one tiny little sign of misfortune could lead to someone gett
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Orchid
Oct 14, 2011 Orchid rated it really liked it
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Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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It was the dust cloud she saw first.


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While the synopsis is what first caught my attention on The Frankincense Trail I was not all too sure on what I could expect from it, especially since it would be set in the 3rd century. My first fear was that it would read more like a history text, but thankfully it did not. It was a pretty thrilling read as you got to follow Alia's trip from her home in Teloum to the incense g
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Laura
Nov 09, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
I was in a dreamy mood when I picked up this book and it was exactly what I was looking for and more! I was transported on an exotic adventure reminiscent of Arabian Nights together with a feisty princess heroine, and a caravan leader whose dark penetrating look had me riveted.

The year is 200 B.C. Alia is a 15 year-old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert, where traders travel to transport the precious resin frankincense
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Jackie Anton
Aug 19, 2012 Jackie Anton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young teens and older readers
Recommended to Jackie by: I read a previous book by this author
The Frankincense Trail
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Jody Kihara

Alia is a 15 year-old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road in the year 200 BC. Frankincense, a precious resin, was worth its weight in gold at that time. Caravans traveled a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert to transport the resin.
Alia's town is crumbling and in economic straights; the people are leaving for the prospects of a better life elsewhere. Conflict with her brothers and the knowledge her father will probably m
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Dec 24, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a bit of a deviation from what I usually read, but I totally enjoyed it. It is set in the 3rd century BC when the precious resin, frankincense, had to be transported via a dangerous route including both desert and mountains. This is a time and place in history that I have not read about before but was fascinating, and the author really brought it alive.

It is the story of a princess, Alia, who is discontented with her life and also has far reaching ideas of how their failing kingdom could
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Jennifer
Oct 20, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Jody Kihara’s The Frankencense Trail is a great addition to the genre. Kihara includes a map of the journey and a glossary of character names to keep you on track. Sometimes character names can be easily confused but that’s not the case here. If you’re like me and always wonder what a character name means, then you’re in luck because Jody covers that too.

Princess Alia’s journey on the Frankincense Trail is physically and emotionally intense. Sh
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Jude
Jun 21, 2011 Jude rated it really liked it
I think this is the First Historical Fiction book I read and wow, it did not disappoint, especially because I am already familiar with Jody Kihara’s work. The Frankincense Trail has an amazing setting and the descriptions are fabulous, I could see everything clear in my mind.

Apart from this we have a great story and characters, Meet Alia, a princess that knows what it takes to save her country though she is not given the opportunity – being a girl in that time is not so good – and she is soon to
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Freda Mans-Labianca
Oct 31, 2011 Freda Mans-Labianca rated it liked it
Cool story.
Though I wish Alia and the big bad trader would have hooked up. The chemistry was totally there!
I liked the way the story unfolded, though I did find it light in the adventure department.
People who like Aladdin will enjoy this book.
Jules
Oct 30, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it
My 4 JEWEL review will be posted 11/1/11 at:
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Hafiza
Sep 25, 2011 Hafiza rated it it was amazing
Great YA historical adventure set in Ancient Arabia.
Love the heroine Alia.
Hint of romance keeps things interesting.
I can't wait to read more about Alia- hopefully there will more Kardal!
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